04 Tibet Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa

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Lhasa is the beautiful capital city of Tibet and also the political, cultural and economic center of the Tibetan region. Situated at an altitude of 3490 m (11450 ft), Lhasa is where most travelers begin their exploration of wonderful Tibetan culture and landscape.

Lhasa means “place of the gods” in Tibetan language. Because of its importance in Tibetan history, the city hosts a great number of world renowned attractions. Among them are the magnificent Potala Place, important religious sites such as Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, and various popular points of interest like Barkhor Street and Lhasa Carpet factory.

Lhasa is a great travel destination all year round. Summer is the peak season, while winter is less crowded but offers great deals. Lhasa is easily accessible by air, train or bus. You can choose a short Lhasa city tour to visit the major sights in town. You can also opt for a long trip that includes many other significant sites outside the city. After your time in Lhasa, it is easy to venture from here into faraway Tibetan wonders. We regularly organize trips for destinations such as Lake Yamdrok, Tashilunpo Temple, and Mt. Everest, etc.

Country Tibet, China
Visa requirements

For foreign travelers visiting Tibet, you will need valid Chinese visa and all the necessary Tibet travel permits.

LanguagesTibetan, Mandarin, English
Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Area (km2)30,000 square kilometers (11,583 square miles)
Damxung Baima Hotel

Damxung Baima Hotel

当雄白马宾馆: No.143, Dangquhe East Road, Damxung, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 45
Fengma Feiyang Hostel

Fengma Feiyang Hostel

拉萨风马飞扬旅舍: No. 5-1, Celinmen 1st Alley, Middle Beijing Road, Lhasa Tibet, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Fengma Feiyang Hostel locates in Lhasa Tibet. It’s an ideal place for travelers who prefer accommoda More info
Four Points By Sheraton Lhasa

Four Points By Sheraton Lhasa

拉萨福朋喜来登酒店: No.10 Bolinka Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 84
Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is a deluxe modern hotel in the city center of Lhasa opened in 2006. I More info
House Of Shambhala

House Of Shambhala

拉萨卓玛拉宫精品客栈: No.7 Jiri Erxiang,Near Barkhor, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 65
House Of Shambhala is highly reputable Tibetan-style boutique hotel in the historic center of Lhasa More info
InterContinental Lhasa Paradise

InterContinental Lhasa Paradise

拉萨圣地天堂洲际大饭店: No.1 Jiangsu Ave., 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 120
InterContinental Lhasa Paradise is a 5 star luxurious hotel in Lhasa by the prestigious InterContine More info
Lhasa 21 Boutique Hotel

Lhasa 21 Boutique Hotel

21号客栈: No.21 Fengqing Street, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Lhasa 21 Boutique Hotel is a small hotel of excellent quality and service in Lhasa. Located across t More info
Lhasa Badacang Hotel (Compound)

Lhasa Badacang Hotel (Compound)

拉萨邦达仓古建酒店: No.7, Rao Shai Alley, Balang South Street, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 45
The stylish Tibetan style Lhasa Badacang Hotel (Bangdacang Gujian Hotel) is a popular hotel among tr More info
Lhasa Dekang Hotel

Lhasa Dekang Hotel

德康酒店: No.2 Shengtaiyuan Street, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 50
Lhasa Dekang Hotel enjoys 4 star on TripAdvisor and this Tibetan hotel is close to Jokhang Temple. T More info
Lhasa Heritage Guyi Hotel

Lhasa Heritage Guyi Hotel

古艺酒店: No.11 Qiacaigang Street, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 42
Lhasa Heritage Guyi Hotel is rated 4 star on TripAdvisor. It is a traditional Tibetan style hotel wi More info
Lhasa Honey Bee Hub

Lhasa Honey Bee Hub

拉萨蜂巢精品酒店: No.10 Linkuo East Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Lhasa Honey Bee Hub is a hotel of excellent quality and service in Lhasa. The hotel is on Linkuo Eas More info
Lhasa Jardin Secret Hotel

Lhasa Jardin Secret Hotel

拉萨雅汀舍丽花园酒店: No.60 Jinzhu West Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Lhasa Jardin Secret Hotel is a 4 star luxurious hotel in Lhasa close to Lhasa Train Station opened i More info
Lhasa Minshan Yinqiao Grand Hotel

Lhasa Minshan Yinqiao Grand Hotel

拉萨岷山银桥大酒店: No.1 Linkuo North Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Lhasa Minshan Yinqiao Grand Hotel is a 4 star modern hotel in downtown of Lhasa opened in 2016. It i More info
Lhasa Tashitakge Hotel

Lhasa Tashitakge Hotel

八宝宾馆: No.7 Lupu 1st Alley, Barkhor Streets, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 28
Lhasa Tashitakge Hotel, a highly rated budget accommodation in Lhasa, earned 4 stars on TripAdvisor. More info
Lhasa Yak Hotel

Lhasa Yak Hotel

拉萨亚宾馆:100 Beijing East Rd, Chengguan District, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Lhasa Yak Hotel is a 3 star deluxe hotel in the historic center of Lhasa. The hotel provides a large More info
New Century Hotel Lhasa

New Century Hotel Lhasa

开元拉萨饭店: No.1 Minzu Middle Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 57
New Century Hotel Lhasa is a 5 star hotel in Lhasa. It opened in 1984 and has since received guests More info
Qiangdiao Zangshi Boutique Hostel

Qiangdiao Zangshi Boutique Hostel

拉萨腔调藏式精品客栈: No.3, Lugu 6th Lane, Barkhor Street, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 40
Qiangdiao Zangshi Boutique Hostel, or Tone Chain Poshtel (Lhasa Jokhang Temple), is a stylish Tibeta More info
Ramoche Grand Hotel

Ramoche Grand Hotel

拉萨燃木齐大酒店: No.24 Xiaozhaosi Road Lhasa Tibet, 04 Tibet Lhasa
The Ramoche Grand Hotel is a three-star Tibetan-style hotel located opposite to the Ramoche Monaster More info
Rhasa Hotel

Rhasa Hotel

拉萨惹萨酒店: No.40 Lane 1, Dongzisu Road , Lhasa Tibet, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Looking for a reputable hotel in Lhasa downtown area? Want to have a perfect trip in Tibet? Don’t wo More info
Shambhala Palace Hotel

Shambhala Palace Hotel

拉萨香巴拉宫精品酒店: No.16 Taibeng Gang Wengdui Xingka SangdongYuan, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 50
The beautiful Shambhala Palace Hotel is many travelers’ favorite hotel in Lhasa. The site used More info
Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel

Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel

拉萨香格里拉大酒店: No.19 Norbulingka Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 90
Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel is the first development of the prestigious Shangri-La hospitality brand in t More info
Shellong Manor

Shellong Manor

拉萨雪龙庄园酒店: No.3 Huandao South Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Shellong Manor is a 3 star deluxe hotel in Lhasa. The hotel adopts a decorative style that combines More info
St. Regis Resort Lhasa

St. Regis Resort Lhasa

瑞吉度假酒店:No.22 Jiangsu Road,Near Mosque, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 95
The luxurious St. Regis Resort Lhasa is a development from the prestigious St. Regis hospitality bra More info
Tashi Choeta Boutique Hotel

Tashi Choeta Boutique Hotel

扎西曲塔精品酒店: No.18 Jiri 1 Lane, Chongsaikang, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Tashi Choeta Boutique Hotel is a Tibetan-style boutique hotel in the historic center of Lhasa opened More info
Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel

Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel

吉祥宝马酒店: No.24 Lingkor Road,Near Barkhor, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 45
Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel is a deluxe 4 star hotel near Barkhor Streets in Lhasa. Opened in 2016, t More info
Tibet Ganggyan Lhasa Hotel

Tibet Ganggyan Lhasa Hotel

拉萨刚坚饭店: No.83 Beijing East Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 46
Tibet Ganggyan Lhasa Hotel, 10 minutes walk to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets, is commonly used More info
Tibet Gorkha Hotel

Tibet Gorkha Hotel

拉萨廓尔喀酒店, Barkhor Streets,Near Jokhang Temple, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Tibet Gorkha Hotel is a stylish 3 star hotel in the heart of the historic center of Lhasa. The site More info
Tibet Minshan Hotel

Tibet Minshan Hotel

西藏岷山饭店: No.2A Xuexincun Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Tibet Minshan Hotel is a 4 star deluxe hotel in Lhasa. The modern hotel provides clean and comfortab More info
Xianzu Island Holiday Village Hotel

Xianzu Island Holiday Village Hotel

仙足岛假日庄园酒店: Shengtaiyuan South Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
The Xianzu Island Holiday Village Hotel is a manor style hotel on Xianzu Island in Lhasa. The origin More info
Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel

Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel

雪域天堂国际大酒店: No.13 Linkuo North Road, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price from $ 46
Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel is a 4 star deluxe hotel in downtown Lhasa. The name means “ More info
Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel

Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel

尧西平康古建酒店: No.16 Xiasasu Second Alley, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel is a popular Tibetan-style boutique hotel in the heart of the histor More info
Yangpachen Lantian Hot Spring Hotel

Yangpachen Lantian Hot Spring Hotel

羊八井温泉宾馆: No. 6 Zhongni Road, Damxung County, Lhasa Tibet, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Visitors to Dongxiong will find that the Yangpachen Lantian Hot Spring Hotel is a fantastic accommod More info
Yuanfeng Hebei International Hotel

Yuanfeng Hebei International Hotel

太阳岛远丰河北饭店: Binhe Road (Binhe Lu), Taiyangdao , Lhasa Tibet, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Welcome to book Yuanfeng Hebei International Hotel via Explore China Tibet! Early booking means grea More info
1 Day Biking Tour Experience In and Around Lhasa

1 Day Biking Tour Experience In and Around Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Lhasa, the perennially sunny capital city of Tibet, has so much to offer to its visitors. Our profes More info
1 Day Drepung And Sera Monastery Tour

1 Day Drepung And Sera Monastery Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 90
The Drepung and Sera Monastery Lhasa Day Tour is a great way to spend one meaningful day in Lhasa an More info
1 Day Ganden Monastery Day Tour Around Lhasa

1 Day Ganden Monastery Day Tour Around Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Ganden Monastery is the first monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Together with Sera More info
1 Day Lhasa Highlights Norbulingka and Sera Monastery Tour

1 Day Lhasa Highlights Norbulingka and Sera Monastery Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Norbulingka and Sera Monastery Lhasa Highlights Day Tour is a great way to spend one meaningful day More info
1 Day Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Hiking Tour

1 Day Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Hiking Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Ganden Monastery is the first monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Together with Sera More info
1 Day Namtso Lake Day Tour

1 Day Namtso Lake Day Tour

10 Tibet Nagqu, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Namtso Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and also the biggest among them. Its name means More info
1 Day Norbulingka and Sera Monastery Lhasa Biking Tour

1 Day Norbulingka and Sera Monastery Lhasa Biking Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Lhasa, the perennially sunny capital city of Tibet, has so much to offer to its visitors. Our profes More info
1 Day Private Lhasa Tour Guide Service

1 Day Private Lhasa Tour Guide Service

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Lhasa, the perennially sunny capital city of Tibet, has so much to offer to its visitors. With your More info
1 Day Sera Monastery Hiking Tour in Lhasa

1 Day Sera Monastery Hiking Tour in Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Sera Monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa university monasteries in Tibet (The other two are More info
1 Day Tibet Lhasa Food Tasting Tour

1 Day Tibet Lhasa Food Tasting Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Tibet has its own rich cuisine. Because of the relatively harsh natural environment that people ther More info
1 Day Tibetan Country Tour Sambhu Village

1 Day Tibetan Country Tour Sambhu Village

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers are curious about rural Tibetan villages and wish to learn about the daily life of lo More info
1 Day Tibetan Farmer's Village Charity Tour

1 Day Tibetan Farmer's Village Charity Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 100
This philanthropic Tibetan Country (village) tour is served by Tibetan home from Dadong village, 18 More info
1 Day Tibetan Thangka Artist Tour With Tibetan Home Lunch

1 Day Tibetan Thangka Artist Tour With Tibetan Home Lunch

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Our Thangka Artist tour is created for travelers who share a special interest in the distinct Tibeta More info
1 Day Tsurphu And Nenang Monastery Tour Outside Lhasa

1 Day Tsurphu And Nenang Monastery Tour Outside Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
The Tsurphu And Nenang Monastery Tour is a great way to spend one meaningful day outside Lhasa and l More info
11 Day Chengdu To Lhasa Overland Tour

11 Day Chengdu To Lhasa Overland Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 08 Tibet Nyingchi, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
This tour begins at Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province, Chengdu to Lhasa varies greatly i More info
11 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Namtso Lake

11 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Namtso Lake

10 Tibet Nagqu, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Namtso Lake is also called “Heavenly Lake”. It is the second biggest lake in Tibet. This lake is sal More info
12 Days Hong Kong to Tibet Through Nyingchi Tour

12 Days Hong Kong to Tibet Through Nyingchi Tour

08 Tibet Nyingchi, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Overview As the largest carved stone Buddha statues in China, Leshan Giant Buddha is one of the mos More info
12 Days Lhasa Everest Kailash Tibet Private Vehicle Service

12 Days Lhasa Everest Kailash Tibet Private Vehicle Service

07 Tibet Kailash, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info
12 Days Sichuan To Tibet Southern Highway Overland Tour

12 Days Sichuan To Tibet Southern Highway Overland Tour

14 Sichuan Chengdu, 04 Tibet Lhasa
The Sichuan-Tibet Southern Highway Overland Tour is famous in China and around the world. It is a lo More info
12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Ganden to Samye Monastery

12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Ganden to Samye Monastery

05 Tibet Lhoka, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Ganden to Samye Monastery trek includes a visit to Yarlung Valley, the cradle of Tibetan Civilizatio More info
12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp

12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp

09 Tibet Everest, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Tingri to Everest Base Camp trekking adventure provides a heady mix of solitude,wildlife sighting an More info
12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Shalu Monastery to Nartang Monastery

12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Shalu Monastery to Nartang Monastery

09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
This Shalu to Nartang trekking is a good opportunity to get a feel for middle level trekking in Tibe More info
12 Days Tibet Yarlung Tsangpo River Attractions Tour

12 Days Tibet Yarlung Tsangpo River Attractions Tour

08 Tibet Nyingchi, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 05 Tibet Lhoka, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Overview This trip begins with the cultural touring of Lhasa that includes Potala Palace, Jokhang T More info
12 Days Yunnan To Tibet Overland Road Tour

12 Days Yunnan To Tibet Overland Road Tour

20 Yunnan Lijiang, 08 Tibet Nyingchi, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Overview Yunnan-Tibet Highway has a total length of 1930 km. The tour starts from Lijiang and ends More info
13 Days Sichuan To Tibet Northern Highway Overland Tour

13 Days Sichuan To Tibet Northern Highway Overland Tour

10 Tibet Nagqu, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 04 Tibet Lhasa
The Sichuan-Tibet Northern Highway Overland Tour is a dreaming route for adventures. It is a long wa More info
14 Days Tibet Shishapangma Trekking

14 Days Tibet Shishapangma Trekking

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
The high altitude walk is a little easier as there are no major passes to ascend. However, the lands More info
15 Days Lhasa Everest Kailash Guge Kingdom Tibet Private Vehicle Service

15 Days Lhasa Everest Kailash Guge Kingdom Tibet Private Vehicle Service

07 Tibet Kailash, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info
16 Days Kathmandu-Kailash (Inner Kora) & Lake Manasarovar - Lhasa

16 Days Kathmandu-Kailash (Inner Kora) & Lake Manasarovar - Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa
Regular Tibet Kailash trekking plus one day Inner kora from and to Dira Puk Monastery. Special offer More info
17 Days Lhasa-Everest-Kailash-Manasarovar-Nepal

17 Days Lhasa-Everest-Kailash-Manasarovar-Nepal

07 Tibet Kailash, 09 Tibet Everest, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
This holy Tibet trip is not only a Kailash pilgrimage focused but a real adventure due to the long d More info
18 Days Kathmandu-Mt. Kailash -Lake Manasarovar-Lhasa

18 Days Kathmandu-Mt. Kailash -Lake Manasarovar-Lhasa

07 Tibet Kailash, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
This is long distance overland trip from KTM to Kailash and From Kailash to Lhasa. In Tibet, our age More info
18 Days Lhasa Everest Kailash Namtso Northen Tibet Private Vehicle Service

18 Days Lhasa Everest Kailash Namtso Northen Tibet Private Vehicle Service

07 Tibet Kailash, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info
19 Days Lhasa-Kailash-Manasarovar-Kyirong-Nepal Pilgrimage

19 Days Lhasa-Kailash-Manasarovar-Kyirong-Nepal Pilgrimage

07 Tibet Kailash, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Time: Middle April-to middle October 2016 Duration: 19 days (3 days Mt. Kailash Trekking, covering 5 More info
21 Days Tibet Biking Mountain Tour from Lhasa To Kathmandu

21 Days Tibet Biking Mountain Tour from Lhasa To Kathmandu

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Our professional Tibetan biking guides, drivers, cooks and tour advisors have worked together to des More info
22-30 Days Chengdu Lhasa Motorcycle Overland Tour

22-30 Days Chengdu Lhasa Motorcycle Overland Tour

14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 08 Tibet Nyingchi, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Once you step into the sacred land of Tibet, you’ll be amazed by the natural wildness and simple fol More info
4 Days Lhasa To Mt. Everest Private Vehicle Service

4 Days Lhasa To Mt. Everest Private Vehicle Service

09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info
5 Days Lhasa & Three Major Monasteries Tibetan Tour

5 Days Lhasa & Three Major Monasteries Tibetan Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa
Enjoy this 5 days classic Tibet tour in and around Lhasa, which covers historical sites like the Pot More info
5 Days Lhasa Nyingchi Private Vehicle Service

5 Days Lhasa Nyingchi Private Vehicle Service

08 Tibet Nyingchi, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info
6 Days Lhasa Highlights & Lake Namtso Tibetan Tour

6 Days Lhasa Highlights & Lake Namtso Tibetan Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa
This multi-day tour covers the major tourist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakor More info
6 Days Lhasa Yamdrok Gyantse Shigatse Tour

6 Days Lhasa Yamdrok Gyantse Shigatse Tour

06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa
This 5-night tour will introduce you to central Tibet and take you to the three biggest ancient citi More info
7 Days Yarlung Tsangpo Loop Private Vehicle Service

7 Days Yarlung Tsangpo Loop Private Vehicle Service

08 Tibet Nyingchi, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 05 Tibet Lhoka, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info
8 Days Central Tibet and Lake Namtso Tibetan Tour

8 Days Central Tibet and Lake Namtso Tibetan Tour

10 Tibet Nagqu, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Enjoy this multi-day tour and explore Tibet through some of its impressive sights: Potala Palaces, J More info
8 Days Namtso Nyingchi Tour

8 Days Namtso Nyingchi Tour

08 Tibet Nyingchi, 04 Tibet Lhasa
The eastern Tibet offers tourists a completely different picture of stereotyped Tibet. Travelling ea More info
9 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Tsurphu to Yangpachen

9 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Tsurphu to Yangpachen

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
If you are still looking for a Tibet trekking adventure, why not come to enjoy the trekking discover More info
Half Day Ani Tsankhung Nunnery Tour In Lhasa

Half Day Ani Tsankhung Nunnery Tour In Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 26
Ani Tsankhung Nunnery came into existence in the 7th century during the reign of the great Tibetan k More info
Half Day Drak Yerpa Meditation Tour

Half Day Drak Yerpa Meditation Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 50
Drak Yerpa Monastery is an important Tibetan Buddhist venue outside Lhasa. It hangs off an extraordi More info
Half Day Drepung Monastery Tour In Lhasa

Half Day Drepung Monastery Tour In Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 40
Drepung Monastery is a quiet and intimate attraction outside Lhasa. The monastery, called Drepung Go More info
Half Day Jokhang Temple Barkhor Streets Tour In Lhasa

Half Day Jokhang Temple Barkhor Streets Tour In Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 50
Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets should be on the itinerary of every Lhasa visitor. This beautiful More info
Half Day Norbulingka Tour In Lhasa

Half Day Norbulingka Tour In Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 45
Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, and one of the must-see attractions in sacred city L More info
Half Day Potala Palace Tour In Lhasa

Half Day Potala Palace Tour In Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Potala Palace is the winter palace of Dalai Lama and the most prominent landmark of Tibet. The iconi More info
Half Day Sera Monastery Tour In Lhasa

Half Day Sera Monastery Tour In Lhasa

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 55
Sera Monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa university monasteries in Tibet (The other two are More info
Lhasa Airport to Lhasa Downtown Hotel Transfer

Lhasa Airport to Lhasa Downtown Hotel Transfer

04 Tibet Lhasa
Price per person from $ 35
Local Tibet travel agency provides economic Lhasa Airport Arrival Transfer for foreign travelers. Do More info
Lhasa Downtown Hotel to Lhasa Airport Transfer

Lhasa Downtown Hotel to Lhasa Airport Transfer

04 Tibet Lhasa
Local Tibet travel agency provides economic Lhasa Airport Arrival Transfer for foreign travelers. Do More info
Live Action Opera Show Princess Wencheng

Live Action Opera Show Princess Wencheng

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Princess Wencheng opera show is a live action performance that takes place on a large theater stage More info
Top 10: 2 Days Namtso Landscape Group Tour

Top 10: 2 Days Namtso Landscape Group Tour

10 Tibet Nagqu, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price per person from $ 295
Namtso, meaning “heavenly lake” in Tibetan, is a large alpine lake on the northern Tibet More info
Top 12: 1 Day Tibet Samye Monastery Sacred Tour

Top 12: 1 Day Tibet Samye Monastery Sacred Tour

05 Tibet Lhoka, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 195
Our Samye Monastery Sacred Tour takes you to Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery to be bui More info
Top 2: 4 Days Lhasa Tour Highlight Impression

Top 2: 4 Days Lhasa Tour Highlight Impression

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 275
The classic 4 Days Lhasa group tour covers numerous top Lhasa attractions. On the itinerary are Pota More info
Top 3: 16 Days Kailash Everest Group Tour

Top 3: 16 Days Kailash Everest Group Tour

07 Tibet Kailash, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 2,345
The 16 Days Kailash EBC Goup Tour is an itinerary that covers top attractions across the entire Tibe More info
Top 5: 14 Days Indian's Manasarovar Kailash Yatra

Top 5: 14 Days Indian's Manasarovar Kailash Yatra

07 Tibet Kailash, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 1,395
Our two-week Manasarovar and Kailash pilgrimage Yatra is designed specifically for overseas Indian p More info
Top 7: 1 Day Best of Lhasa Potala+Jokhang+Barkhor

Top 7: 1 Day Best of Lhasa Potala+Jokhang+Barkhor

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 165
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets are the top three attractions in Lhasa, Tibet. The More info
Top 8: 1 Day Yamdrok Lake Day Tour

Top 8: 1 Day Yamdrok Lake Day Tour

04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Price per person from $ 100
Yamdrok Lake, also called Yamdrok Yumtso, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. It is also the ho More info
Top 9: 2 Days Yamdrok Gyantse Shigatse Tour

Top 9: 2 Days Yamdrok Gyantse Shigatse Tour

06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa
Price per person from $ 295
This 2 day tour is an eventful excursion outside Lhasa. It gives travelers the opportunity to enjoy More info

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Buick Van Rental

Buick Van Rental

Price per day $ 350
Car typeBuick Van
Max people5
Door count5
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Ford Mini Bus

Ford Mini Bus

Price per day $ 420
Car typeFord Mini Bus
Max people10
Door count5
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Hyundai Van

Hyundai Van

Price per day $ 350
Car typeHyundai Van
Max people6
Door count5
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Toyota Coaster

Toyota Coaster

Price per day $ 450
Car typeToyota Coaster
Max people15
Door count3
TransmissionManual
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?No
Toyota Prado

Toyota Prado

Price per day $ 450
Car typeToyota Prado
Max people4
Door count5
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
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Attractions to See

1.Potala Palace. This gargantuan architectural wonder was once the center of political activity in Tibet and today is regarded by many as one of the most important cultural and historical sites in the world. Here, visitors will walk where Dalai Lamas have walked for hundreds of years and gaze upon fantastic works of Tibetan Buddhist art.

2.Jokhang Temple. Another one of the must see attractions in Tibet. Jokhang Temple houses the only known image of the Shakyamuni Buddha that exists today. Made in his twelve year old likeness, it is a holy destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims from all corners of Tibet.

3.Barkhor Bazaar. Incense that burns in giant chimneys wafts through the bustling bazaar. Vendors sell everything from arts and crafts to food and household items. Barkhor Bazaar is a great place to try out bargaining skills while picking up souvenirs for friends and family back home.

4.Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Situated just outside of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is one of Tibet’s three greatest monasteries (Sera and Ganden are the other two) and has long been regarded as a place of higher learning for Tibetan Buddhists. Sera Monastery is home to the famous debating monks, which can be seen in the afternoons most days of the week.

5. Ganden Monastery. This beautifully reconstructed monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Originally it was a center of administrative and political power for the Geluk order of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dinning and Shopping

Dine & Drink:

Bars in Lhasa are attractive for their exotic flavors. Many foreigners gather in bars at night to socialize and share their travel stories. Many also take advantage of the venues to relax, do some reading. or listening to live music.

Tibetan Dance at Mayke Ame (Maji A'mi) is many people's favorite Lhasa hangout . It has an excellent restaurant and a beautifully decorated bar. You will find there jars filled with paper with stories written by past visitors. You might add your own to the collection. Mayke Ame, located on the corner of the Barkhor Street, also features a convenient internet bar.

Also located on Barkhor Street is Ganglamedo Cafe & Bar, opened by a Chinese owner. The entrance is decorated with oil canvases and watercolor paintings depicting Tibetan sceneries. The strong artistic atmosphere makes the bar stand out in the area and is favored by guests from all around the world. You will also enjoy the delicious pastry and coffee while there.

Another good choice for visitors is Dunya Restaurant and Bar on the east side of Yak Hotel. Owned by two westerners, it serves authentic western food such as pizza and pasta. The quiet and easy environment is perfect for relaxation and conversation.

If you have more time, you can also check out Travelers Bar, Barkhor Cafe, or Music Kitchen.

 

Shopping

No trip to Tibet would be complete without taking away some local souvenirs either for yourself or as presents. This unique land captured in its crafts and goods certainly won't disappoint!

What to Buy

Thangka is a kind of scroll painting using complicated lines, bright colors and is rich with religious flavors. Most of the Thangka focuses on the motifs of Tibetan Buddhism. It is often made either by painting, embroidery or sometimes sewn with pearls. The pearl Thangka is the most desirable of all. Thangka is valued for its precision, balance and variety.

Tibetan costumes are inconvenient to take home as most of them are made from woolen cloth and are bulky. However, you might consider buying colorful aprons, fur hats or caps to take home, they can make unique decorations for your rooms.

Lots of visitors like to buy Tibetan medicine for its herbs such as saffron, aweto and snow lotus. Local doctors and their traditional medicines made by secret methods attract much curiosity. The best places to buy Tibetan medicines are the Tibetan Hospital, right opposite the Jokhang Temple Square or the medicine company on the west outskirts of Lhasa.

Don't forget to check out the gold and silver wares of Tibet and Nepal either. Nepalese and Tibetan silver ornaments and other artworks should definitely be on your shopping list. But beware of imitation goods and be sure to compare goods and prices in several stores before you buy!

The Tibetan knife or broadsword is still used by the locals as a necessity but visitors can buy it as an ornament.
Note: You cannot take these items on a plane or as consigned goods, but you can send them anywhere via the post office. The Post Office in Lhasa at Middle Beijing Road is the best choice. Goods will be sent much more quickly than at any of the smaller post offices.

Other local gifts that are worthy of your consideration include wooden bowls, jewelry, jade, prayer wheels, carpets, tapestries, local boots and beads.

Where to Buy

Barkhor Street is the famous commercial center of the high land. Over 120 handicraft and artwork stores and 200 or so market stands in the Barkhor Street: it is a must-go place for all souvenir shopping. Tibetan rugs, knives, broadswords, traditional clothes, gold and silver jewelry and all sorts of traditional handmade craftwork can easily be found in this street. One tip, Tibetan beads especially are very expensive, so don't forget to bargain with the vendors, whatever you buy! You can also find fabulous food on Barkhor Street.

It's a good idea to go shopping on Barkhor Street in the morning or evening, because local people always value highly their first customer and their last one.

Lhasa Department Store
Address: No.1, Yutuo Road, left of the Potala Palace
Features: has all sorts of articles for sale including practical items like cotton clothing, towels, toothpaste and canned food. The interior is pleasant and open. Goods here are moderately priced. The department store has places for dining, recreation and a fitness center.

Barkhor Thangka Painting Department Store
Address: No. 10, East Barkhor Street
Features: the store mainly deals with making and selling Thangka products. Foreign tourists swarm here to buy them. Helpfully, the storekeeper speaks both Chinese and English.

Xueyu (Snowland) Handmade Thangka Store, located at No. 16, South Barkhor Street, is the most famous Thangka shop in Barkhor Street. Selling Thangka is very profitable as some visitors can pay up to ten times the actual value. (Consider, no matter how old, which nationality or race, anyone can learn to draw a Thangka painting!) So before buying anything make sure to have a little knowledge of the genuine product and price.

For more information about shopping there, please consult Tibet Shopping.

Transport

  • By Air

There are four airports in Tibet, Gonggar Airport of Lhasa, Bangda Airport of Chamdo, Mainling Airport of Nyingchi and Gunsa Airport of Ngari. Gonggar Airport is located in Gonggar County, about 65 kilometers (40.3 miles) south of Lhasa city. It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and costs approximately CNY 25 by shuttle bus to downtown area. If you have about 3-4 persons a taxi may be considered, about CNY 150 is a reasonable price.To get to Lhasa, most foreign visitors arrive by plane. Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Chongqing and Xining are all the starting points. Visitors usually start from Chengdu in Sichuan, because Chengdu has about 20 flights per week to the Gonggar Airport of Lhasa which takes about 2 hours and costs about CNY 1,500. Now, there is also a daily flight from Beijing to Lhasa (about CNY 2,430). The flights from Chongqing (about CNY 1,630) have been readjusted to more than 20 flights every week. It is also possible to go from Xining (about CNY 1,610) and Xian (about CNY 1,650). With about 18 flights every week in Xian, taking the plane is more convenient for visitors. Also, several flights from Guangzhou (about CNY 2,500) in Guangdong Province and the direct flight from Lanzhou (about CNY 1,560) in Gansu Province are available now. Visitors in Nepal may fly here from Katmandu.

  • Long-distance Bus

For specific information, please click Tibet Transportation.Five highways stretching into the mysterious high land include Sichuan-Tibet Highway, Qinghai-Tibet Highway, Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, Yunnan-Tibet Highway and China-Nepal Highway. Only Qinghai-Tibet and China-Nepal Highway are open to foreigners at present. Qinghai-Tibet Highway starts from Golmud of Qinghai; it is 1,160 kilometers (720 miles) long and averages at 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) high. It runs along the Kunlun Mountains and vast grasslands which amaze people by their natural beauty. The China-Nepal Highway is another main road often used. It stretches for 900 kilometers (558 miles) from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The condition of most roads is so bad that visitors are advised to take Land Cruisers.

  • Train

Going to Lhasa by train is another choice. The first section of the Tibet Railway between Xining Railway Station and Golmud Railway Station was put into use in 1984. The second section between Golmud Railway Station and Lhasa Railway Station began to operate on the 1st of July, 2006. With a total length of 1,956 km (around 1,215 miles), Tibet Railway is the longest plateau railway and also the highest in the world. Trains on the railway are well equipped. Signs inside the carriage are written in both Tibetan and Chinese Han language. Oxygen respirators are available too.

At present, there are seven trains between Lhasa and Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Lanzhou, Xining, Chongqing and Chengdu. They pass through many big cities and special sightseeing lines are opened via Qinghai Lake, Kunlun Mountains, Kekexili, the Three Rivers Resource Area, Northern Tibetan Grassland, Potala Palace and other famous sights in the plateau.

  • Minibus

A minibus is the main form of transport in Lhasa. It is a quick and convenient way to get across town. Visitors can easily find minibuses around Beijing Road and they operate a fixed charge of CNY 2 per person. Generally the bus starts operation late in the morning and stops early at night due to the temperatures.
Bus No. 1 and 2 goes through the Norbulingka to the coach station.
Bus No. 3 and 5 run to the Drepung Monastery.
Bus No. 4 runs to the Sera Monastery.
Bus No. 91 runs between the city center and the Railway Station. Eight more public buses including No. 82 and 83 were open in 2007.

It is easy to hail a taxi on the street in the city. Usually, it only costs CNY10-15 to travel in town by taxi.

Flag-down Rate for First 3km (2mi) CNY10
Fare between 3-8km (2-5mi) CNY2/km
Fare between 8-11km (5-7mi) CNY1/km
Fare beyond 11km (7mi) CNY1 per 500m (550yd)

Reference Taxi Fare:
To Drepung Monastery: around CNY20
To Jokhang Temple: around CNY30
To Sera Monastery: around CNY30

  • Pedicab

Pedicabs are unique vehicles to get around downtown. A pedicab can carry two people and generally costs RMB 4 to 7. It is a more time-consuming journey than traveling by minibus but is an interesting and popular way to see downtown area.

  • Bicycle

If your schedule and health permit, riding a bike is another pleasurable way to look around the city. Bikes can be rented from many hostels along Barkhor Street. Generally, the rental for an ordinary bike is RMB 2 per hour and RMB 20 per day; for a mountain bike it is RMB 3 per hour and RMB 30 per day.