When come to Tibet, you will have the chance to visit the Potala Palace, Mount Everest, the holy lakes, and the faces of devoted Tibetans. Tibet's natural landscape, cultural custom and religious attract tourists from all over the world. However, when visiting Tibet, please restrain your camera or smartphone to respect Tibetan culture.
Nearly all Tibetans believe in Buddhism. When the children are very young, they are taken by the elders to the monasteries for worshipping. In the monasteries, we must keep quiet, seated upright, and must not sit in the seat of a living Buddha. Moreover, it is not allowed to touch the scriptures, Buddha statues, murals and implements by hand, and we should never cross over them. Do not spitting, smoking or making loud noises. Do not take photos without the consent of monastery staff. When you enter the monastery, please remove your cap or hat, and should not wear slippers, shorts or exposed clothing (such as short skirts, etc.).
Note: Many palaces and monasteries in Tibet are not allowed to take photos. For example, the interior of Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery and Ramoche Monastery. Some monasteries or cultural landscapes need to pay before taking photographs, such as the skeleton wall of Nagqu County. The fees for photographing and filming can be far higher than the ticket prices for the attractions, so please clarify the situation before taking photos.
Some smaller monasteries allow you to take pictures freely after you purchased the ticket. In Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, every Buddhist hall have a price to take photos and you should pay the fee to the administrators before taking photographs. The Palcho Monastery in Gyantse is similar to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Remember, don't use the flash light in Buddha's halls.
In addition, if you want to photograph the pilgrims, please give them a greeting in advance to show respect. They are very friendly and will not let you to shoot. If you promise to send photos to them, it is best to do as promised. Even if you payed or is permitted, it does not mean that you can do whatever you like. You should at least have a certain distance, rather than to shoot the camera before other person's nose.
The essence of photography is recording: recording the nature, recording the life, and recording the culture. Photographing with awe, you can make your work full of true smiles and sincerity. Tibet is very large, and it is not an exaggeration to say that it is full of scenery. It is very convenient to take pictures as long as it is not in the tourist scenic area where tickets are purchased. After entering the scenic spot, if you want to shoot a cow, a goat, or a Tibetan friend's face, you can speak to them before you take a picture: Tashidelek, can I take pictures? They will be very friendly to tell you whether it is free or not.
Please respect the cultural customs of Tibetan, travel with responsibly, distance creates beauty!