Best Things to Buy in Shigatse

When people travel to a new place, they often buy some souvenirs to bring home a few memories of their travel destination or give their friends as a present. Among thousands of souvenirs, what product is worth to buy and what product should be left behind. That is a problem for many travelers. Shigatse is an excellent place to purchase handcrafts. There are many delicate handcrafts such as Tibet knife, Tangkar, Tibet shoes, and Tibetan jewelry. To help you buy a satisfactory souvenir, here we listed the top 6 souvenirs you may like to put in your bags to come back home in your Shigatse tour.

Top 1. Tibet Knife

Tibet knife is an indispensable part of Tibetan people’s daily life. To some extent, it is a symbol of Tibet. Also, it is a great keepsake of your Tibet tour. You can find and buy Tibetan knife in Lhatse County of Shigatse. Notably, knives are not permitted to take to flight, even the consignment with luggage is prohibited. So, you have to post it home.

Tibetan Knife in Shigatse

Top 2. Tibetan Carpet

Tibet is a city that has a long history of handicrafts. Among thousands of traditional handicrafts, Tibetan carpet is the most typic one. These carpets are made from Tibetan highland sheep’s wool and widely used in Tibetan people’s daily life. The most common use is as a seating carpet. Besides, it also can be used as horse saddle or wall hanging. Shigatse is known for producing the best quality of traditional Tibetan carpet in the Himalayas regions. Tourists can find Tibet carpet in shops along the street.

Tibetan Carpet in Shigatse

Top 3. Tibetan Shoes

Tibetan shoes have a history of over 600 years. It features its various styles and sizes. Everyone in Tibet has his own unique Tibetan shoes. The rough tweeted shoes with leather soles and various designs decorated on shoes body. The sole is made of cowhide and the upper is decorated with colorful woolen cloth, which is exquisite. Currently, few people wear traditional Tibetan shoes, but it has a high artistic and collection value.

Tibetan Shoes in Shigatse

Top 4. Tibetan Thangka

Thangka is a type of painting done on damask or cloth. It is an excellent representation of Tibetan art. The theme of this painting covers history, religion, policy, culture, social life and many other aspects. According to the content, size, and material, Thangka is divided into many types. You can choose any type of Thangka in Shigatse based on your interests.

Thangka in Shigatse

Top 5. Tibetan Jewelry

The golden and silver wares have quite a long history in Shigatse. Tibetan families always pass down precious jewelry from their ancestors, which is an inheritance of their family culture. They like decorating themselves with various wares, among which silver is the most common material. In Tibetan culture, people believe that wearing silver can protect them from bad spirits and can even help them cure disease. If you travel to Shigatse, don’t forget to buy some jewelry.

Tibetan Jewelry in Shigatse

Top 6. Tibetan Mask

Tibetan mask is a kind of handicraft derived from religion. It is often used on many grand occasions like folk performance activities, dance ceremony, Tibetan festivals, etc. There are two kinds of ancient masks: cortex and mud. Both of these two masks are rarely used in ceremony now. Apart from them, there are also metal masks, wooden masks, and cloth masks, among which wooden masks and cloth masks are widely used. If your luggage space is allowed, you can take one home.

Tibetan Mask in Shigatse

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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