Jin Bo Grand Hotel
No.12 Linkuo North Road, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
Jin Bo Hotel
This hotel is on Lingkhor Chang-Lam (Linkua Beilu) which is one street north of Beijing Road and an easy walk to the Barkhor area. Beijing Road is the main road running east and west. Many streets and places in Tibet have 3 names. A Tibetan name, a Chinese name, and an English name. The English name may be a phonic pronunciation of the Tibetan or Chinese name or it could be a translation of the Tibetan or Chinese name, very confusing.
Anyway, our room was very large, had AC/Heat, TV, high speed Internet, and a modern bathroom with plenty of hot water. We had double windows so the room was quiet from street noise. The staff was also very helpful, unlike other hotels. The posted price for the room was 580 rmb but the first night was 240, the second night was 220 when they found out we didn't have a guide. They also reduce the first night to 220. The third and forth nights were 200 rmb, about 25.00 USD. The price includes a large breadkast.
They said the hotel was a year old which could be true. A Chinese restaurant across the street just opened and there is new construction on the street. I believe Lhasa is now expanding north.
English is limited but are really helpful. The girl on the second didn't understand when I asked toilet paper. So I made a wiping motion to my butt. She laugh and I helped her get some down from a high shelf.
I stayed hear early June 2007 before the railroad was running.
Unique Quality: Clean, convent location. big bathroom, internet access in room, big breakfast, quite room, Planty of hot water 24 hours a day.
Please rate this and my other tips when you find them useful.
Directions: One street north of Beijing Road and an easy walk to the Barkhor area
More about Lhasa
weavers at the Tanva carpet factory near Lhasa
Actually these two yaks are part of a tourist show
Lhasa to Kathmandu
we are planning a trip from Chendgu to Lhasa and then on to Kathmandu in September. We want to take the train from Chengdu to Lhasa. What is the best way to get tickets for the train?
Once in Tibet we want to stay in Lhasa for 3-4 days and then travel to Kathmandu via Gyanstse, Shigatse, E.B.C.,etc. More or less the standard tour offered by the travel agents. So far we are only 2 people, but still looking for someone to join. Does anyone have an indication about how much a tour like this will cost?
Further I am looking for a hostel recommendation in Lhasa??
Does anyone know what the weather is like at the end of September/beginning of October?
Thanks a lot!
Re: Lhasa to Kathmandu
Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.
Here is the average weather for Lhasa for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.
High 64f / 18c
Low 41f / 5c
Rain 2.00in / 50.0mm
Rain days 16
Hours of sun 7
Daylight hours 12
UV level 11 = Extreme
Humidity = Frost may occur in September
High 57f / 14c
Low 30f / -1c
Rain 0.40in / 10.0mm
Rain days 6
Hours of sun 9
Daylight hours 11
UV level 9 = Very High
Humidity = Frost may occur in October
Re: Lhasa to Kathmandu
For your information.
From 1st October to 8st October is independence day in China. All people in China have 8 days off. If you are sure what you planned, please book the hotel and fight as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might not have that much choices for hotel. I think the price of hotel in that period will be raised.
Re: Lhasa to Kathmandu
I doubt any agency will get you only train tickets and the TTB permit without a tour.
For a reliable contact in Chengdu, contact Sim's Cozy Guesthouse: http://www.gogosc.com --> this is tried-and-tested by lots of backpackers, I'm not working for them!
Re: Lhasa to Kathmandu
I would like to join your trip if at all possible. I am currently in China and am looking to go through Tibet to Lhasa. I would like to go sometime in September. I would really like to do Mount Kailash, but am very flexible. Do you have any more specific information about your itinerary and price. Please get back to me as soon as possible as I would like to organize this soon.
Travel Tips for Lhasa
This Temple is one of the holliest places in Tibet. It was established by the first buddist tibetan king, Songcen Gampo. He had two wives, one from Nepal and one from China. They both were buddist. Chinese wife, when she came to Tibet, brought a holly statue of Budda with her. That was the statue of Jowo Saqyamuni, depicting the crowned 12 year prince Sidhartha (that is the name of Budda). This princess, she was an astrologer. And she said that buddist faith would have a lot of problems in Tibet as there was a giant demon - godess who lied on Tibetan plateau. So the princess made some calculations and said that a temple should be built in Lhasa to neutralize the demon. The temple should be built in the center of the lake, as, according the calculations, that was the place where the heart of the demon was situated. And the water was the blood of the godess. The lake was drained and the Jock-Khang temple was built. Now You can see that statue of Budda here.
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is an administrative, religious and political complex, which was built on the Red Mountain in the center of the Lhasa valley, at an altitude of 3700 meters. It is made of 13 stories, the most visible distinction being between the White Palace and the Red Palace where the Dalai Lamas lived. There are some 1,000 rooms!
The building of the palace was begun in the VIIth century by King Songtsan Gambo to welcome his bride Weng Cheng, a Han Princess of the Tang Dynasty. In 1645, reconstruction and expansion of the Palace were carried out until it reached the present scale. The 5th Dalai Lama began living there in 1653 and it became Tibet's political religious center.
The Bathing Festival ("Mu Yu Jie")
If you're in Lhasa during September then try to ask local Tibetans when the Bathing Festival occurs. The Bathing Festival, known as "Mu Yu Jie" in Chinese, is actually not known by some Chinese living in Lhasa (especially taxi drivers) so you'll need to get reliable information from local Tibetans.
The Tibetans celebrate this festival by bathing in the Lhasa River when Venus makes an early autumn appearance in the evening sky. They believe this is the best time for cleaning when the river is at its purist. You will see plenty of naked ladies but Tibetans use this occasion to wash clothes as well. I even saw dogs and bicycles getting a bath. (See related travelogue.)
The best place to observe the bathing festival in Lhasa is west of the Lhasa Bridge behind Tibet University. Go to Tibet University and use the west exit to access this area. Use your best judgement when photographing bathing Tibetans. If some choose not to have their picture taken then it won't take long before you find others who don't mind.
You might also get invited to join the Tibetans in the river, and so it would be a good idea to wear a bathing suit. The weather during early September is usually still quite warm, but the river water is very cold. Most Tibetans don't actually jump deep into the river, instead they wade by the shore and splash water onto themselves.
Tibetan view of religion (continued from last tip)
Excerpt from The Soul of Tibet - http://www.theosophy.org/tlodocs/SoulofTibet.htm :
(Cont. from last tip:)
"This technique was highly developed in Tibet. It was founded upon the doctrine of what the Dalai Lama calls the Dual Truth: the distinction between a Platonic archetype of absolute truth, which is unknown to mortal man but can always be held up as an ultimate ideal, and the relative truth every human being embodies, acquired purely by reference to his own experience. We have here the basis of an epistemology which in its higher flights enters into mysticism and metaphysics, but which at the same time is firmly grounded in undogmatic empiricism. The resulting attitude of mind enshrines the belief that a man can only speak authentically in the name of the experience he himself has had. That is why to the Dalai Lama and to the Tibetans it would be irrelevant what one calls oneself or how one is labelled, and this is as true on the political as on the religious plane."
Pictured here is the 2 gazelles & 8-spoked wheel (commonly known as the dharma wheel). Found on the golden roof of Jokhang Monastery, the 2 gazelles represent Buddha's 1st sermon to his disciples in the garden of the gazelles at Sarnatn.
Ani Sangkhung Nunnery
Not far from the Jokhang, but not on the regular route you can find the Ani Sangkhung Nunnery. Get into the gate and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There are plants everywhere and it feels like you are in a garden in the middle of the city.
In the nunnery there is a little shop where they print prayerbooks. If the nuns are working on it you are welcome inside to see how it is done.
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