Asked by Jeone from S'pore | Jan. 27, 2014 03:12

I would like to know whether Chinese is spoken as the main language in Songpan, Zoige, Langmusi, Xiahe, Tongren, Xining and Lhasa which I am visiting in April, especially in the hotels/inns and taking cabs or the buses. What is the starting fare on the cab metre in these places?

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Answered by Nancy | Jan. 27, 2014 20:17
Since most of the places you mentioned are remote area, people there always speak local dialect. But they will speak mandarin to people from other cities or countries. Also, there is no starting fare on the cab meter in these remote places, you will need to discuss the price with driver before you take it. Therefore, if you do not have a guide, I suggest you ask more drivers or ask the staff at hotel to help you. As for Xining and Lhasa, the starting fare on the cab meter is around CNY10. By the way, foreigners are not allowed to explore Tibet alone without guide according to the policy.
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