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Medical services

Several hotels and pharmacies around town sell Tibetan herbal medicine recommended by locals for easing symptoms of altitude sickness. The most common medicine is known as solomano in Tibetan and hongjingtian (红景天) in Chinese, though locals also recommend gaoyuanning (高原宁) and gaoyuankang (高原康). A box of vials will cost you Y20 to 35; take three vials a day.

Military Hospital (Xizang Junqu Zongyiyuan; 西藏军区总医院; 628 0557; Niangre Beilu) Travellers who have received medical attention confirm that this place is the best option (if you have an option).