* The foot of the highest mountain in the world.
Mt. Everest Nature Reserve could be the largest also the most breathtaking one in China. Leaving from Shegar, there is only 109 kilometers ahead before reaching the Everest Base Camp, but the road condition is not good, the car winds its way slowly on the zigzug and bumpy road, generally it takes 5 hours for a van while 3 hours for a 4WD to finish this short 109 kilometers, and the time could be longer in the rainy seasons.
From Shegar to EBC, there totally are 3 checking-points on the way, no matter what nationality you are, you have to go through this 3 times of checking. Firstly, you will arrive Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, which is also a good location to watch the Everest. In winter, when EBC becomes too cold, most of groups will choose to live at guesthouses by the Rongbuk Monastery. Drive another 8 kilometers from the monastery is the tents area where a lots of tent-hotels and tent-restuarants, most of tourists would like to choose stay here at it is the nearest place to go EBC. From the tents area, there is green bus available to EBC which costs RMB 25 per person( round-trip), single way driving time is 15 minutes. Trekking from the tent to the EBC is not advised if you are not experienced to the high altitude.
Note that, though most tours say that you will finally reach EBC, however it is not percisely true. Currently, the EBC is only open to mountaineers, not open to the normal tourists. The green bus will drive you to a sightseeing place that is about 1 kilometer far from the real EBC, but this is really does not matter as the whole world looks all tiny at that moment when you just stand before this the number one giant in the world.
The mobile and 3G singnal is available at the EBC area but sometimes not stable somtimes. Also, there is one post office at the tents area near the EBC, you can buy a post card of the Everests and send it home to your families and friends, bringing them the best wishes from the highest place you could step on in your life.