Lhasa Travel Guide
Here in Lhasa, there are many palace monasteries, like the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. You can see monks dressed in crimson robes and believers pray sincerely. This strong and mysterious religious atmosphere infects every visitor coming here. Lhasa’s 1300 years’ history left us countless cultural relics. It gives us the feeling of steping back to the ancient times. Many visitors come here just to see the old Tibetan culture and religion history with their own eyes. While we have to say, that’s worth it.
The best time of coming to Lhasa is during May to October. In this time, the sunlight is strong, temperature is high. And many their traditional festivals are host during this period. You can feel the Tibetan folk customs.
|Chambaling Monastery||Chamdo Town||Zezhol Monastery|
|Samye Monastery||Ruins of Guge Kingdom||Tholing Monastery|
|Basum Lake||Yarlong Tsangpo River||Mindroling Monastery|
|Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar||Drepung Monastery||Baiju Monastery, the Museum of Buddha Sculptures|
Restaurants in Lhasa are an eclectic mix of Western, Sichuan or Tibetan styles. Sichuan restaurants are found mainly west of the Yak sculpture. Indian and Nepalese foods are available in Danjielin Road and Beijing Road. Many restaurants in hotels or guesthouses serve western foods, especially those located in Beijing Road. Tibetan cuisine that serves locally including meat paste, sausages, fried mutton steak, Tibetan buns, yoghurt and milk tea, beverage such as qingke wheat wine and ghee tea.
Barkhor Street is Lhasa's most famous business center. Religious curiosities, Thangka paintings, traditional clothes, Tibetan knifes and cups for drinking can be bought. Traditional Tibetan medicine such as Tibetan red flowers, cordyceps and saussurea involucrata are available in Tibetan hospitals. There is an ethnic market that sells interesting handicrafts by the western side of the Jokhang Temple.
Lhasa is at its breathtakingly liveliest during those traditional festivals. Almost every month has festivals. Usually coming in the form of worship, farming, and social events to commemorate, the festivals attract visitors of all stripes gather together to celebrate. Here are some big festivals you may feel interested. （learn more）
Butter lamp Festival
Time: Tibetan calendar Jan 15th
Place: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
Saga Dawa Festival
Time: Tibetan calendar April 15th
Place: Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace
Time: Tibetan calendar July 1st
Place: Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka
Time: Tibetan calendar July
1. Lhasa is located in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau; it has strong ultraviolet radiation and dramatic temperature difference between morning and evening. So whenever go to Tibet, we must remember to bring warm clothing and sunscreen, sunglasses.
2. Lhasa is located in the plateau, air is dry, remember to drink more water, eat more vegetables, prepare a lip balm.
1. Tibetan people are all religious, mainly believe the shamanism. When visiting in the temples, please follow the clockwise direction.
2. The Tibetan Buddhist temples are generally forbidden to take pictures. Don’t wear hat or sunglasses in the temples. No touching or pointing to the Buddha.
3. Tibetan people apply to water and sky burial, so they don’t eat fish.
4. Don’t cross the fireplace or fire basin in Tibetans’ home.
5. No randomly caress children’s head.
6. Try not to discuss politics and sensitive topic with people.
7. Do not whistle in the Tibetan house, the Tibetan only do it when sending a ghost.
8. Don’t wipe or use as toilet paper with Tibetan words on the paper.
1. People with severe hypertension, heart disease or asthma are not suggested to Tibet.
2. Those who come to Tibet for the first time may have some reactions; you can rest for one day or two to adapt the height.
3. In Tibet, you can purchase the appropriate drugs which can be effective against altitude sickness to ensure a comfortable sleep.
4. Try not to yell or run fast at anytime, this can cause hypoxia and induce altitude sickness.
5. The first one day or two after arriving in Lhasa, try not to take a bath or wash head, this may take away the heat and cause altitude sickness
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