Lhasa Phuntsok Khasang International Youth Hostel

No.48 Duosengge North Road, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
Lhasa Phuntsok Khasang International Youth Hostel
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Forum Posts

Tibet route to Kyrgyzstan via Xinjiang?

by song99

Tibet route to Kyrgyzstan via Xinjiang?

I am planning a Tibet trip in late June/early July, and afterwards, (depending on what kind of Chinese visa I get in Kathmandu, or Lhasa), I'd like to continue into China proper, and visit Xinjiang, and maybe even Qinghai.

My question is what kind of transport is there from Lhasa to Xinjiang? What's the website for the Chinese train that goes from Lhasa north? Does it stop in Urumuqi, or do I have to backtrack through Xining?

Another question is what route do I take to enter Kyrgystan (from China)? I choose Kyrgyz because Canadians get visa on arrival. I am also interested in entering Kazakhstan from China, but then I need to pre-arrange a visa, but where in that part of Western China, I don't know.

Tajikistan also borders Xinjiang, but I am not sure if foriegners are allowed to cross here?

Re: Tibet route to Kyrgyzstan via Xinjiang?

by ellyse

No direct routes from Tibet Autonomous Region to Xinjiang province. Best way would be to take train Lhasa -- Xining, then you could connect by bus (via Huatugou) to the South Silk Road -- note that this is a rather off-the-beaten-path route that might not suit most travellers. Or, take train Lhasa -- Lanzhou, then another train Lanzhou -- Urumqi.

Travel Tips for Lhasa

The world famous Potala...

by ErnieGal

The world famous Potala Palace is located on 'Red Hill', to the west of old Lhasa. It was originally built in the 640's, during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo. The 13-story palace stands 117 metres high and has over 1000 rooms. It covers an area of 130000 square metres.
The entire building is made of stone and wood, with walls averaging 3 metres thick. The Red Palace contains various chapels and mausoleums for previous Dalai Lamas. The 5th Dalai Lama's mausoleum is in the west part of the palace and is 5-storeys high. His enormous Chorten is gold-covered and inlaid with diamonds, pearls, turquoise, agate and coral. The whole structure stands 14 metres high. The White Palace contains the living quarters of successive Dalai Lamas and their tutors. The offices of the old Tibetan government and their assembly halls are also located here.The original Potala was destroyed in the 9th century, during the breakdown of the Tubo Kingship era. It was rebuilt during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama and completed in the late 17th century. It became known as the 'Winter Palace' by the 1750's, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park, as his summer residence. The Potala is full of elaborate art work and frescos that tell many stories. They portray religious subjects as well as the customs and traditions of Tibet. The frescos in the west hall depict the life story of the 5th Dalai Lama. One picture describes an important meeting between the 5th Dalai Lama and the Chinese Emperor Shun Zhi n 1652. It was after this meeting that the title 'Dalai Lama' was bestowed on him and successive leaders of Tibet. The Potala contains many precious works of art, including ornately decorated statues, sculptures and Tibetan painting. The topmost hall in the Potala is called 'Sasong Langjie'. It contains a portrait of the Qing Emperor 'Qianlong' bearing the words 'A LONG, LONG LIFE TO THE PRESENT EMPEROR' written in Han, Manchu, Mongol and Tibetan. Dalai Lamas came to pay homage to this portrait on each Tibetan New Year's Day. The Potala has been a sacred place for hundreds of years. Thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, other parts of China and abroad come every year to pay homage. Their devotion is shown by the difficult journeys they have to make to reach their 'Holy city.' After the peaceful liberation of Tibet, the Potala was listed as a cultural relic under the special protection of the state. Architecturally, it is considered to be one of the wonders of the world--admired by Chinese nationalities and foreigner's alike.

The Raid Gauloises

by duke0123

Mountain biking in Tibet. That's what these people do. And not only that. A lot of groups are having a competition, called the Raid Gauloises.

They had to finish a circuit in as little time as possible. The contestants had to walk, to raft, mountain biking and a lot of more outdoor sports. On a height as in Tibet this is very heavy. They had to go through quite a lot and that could be seen on the faces.

I had a lot of respect for them doing this.

Ecologic water kettle

by extrajoce

This solar heating method is quite commonly seen - it would be a shame not to use the sun power for to help make the most common and popular drink in Tibet. We saw this in the courtyard of our hotel of Lhasa.

Lots of film...

by Mark_Harris

...about a roll a day should do.

If you don't take enough with you there are plenty of shops around the Potala square selling good quality film (Kodak & Fuji) for around 25 Yuan.

Outside Lhasa it's much harder to get film so stock up before you leave.

Happy people!!!

by sugarpuff

This lively lady was just walking spinning her wheel normally and then caught sight of me taking a photo so decided she would play up a little and pose for the photo! She wanted to look at the photo once I had taken it and I thought she was going to ask for money, but she smiled and carried on with her spinning! She was fun!


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