Lhasa Transportation

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    From Lhasa to Tsetang

    by sugarpuff Written Oct 1, 2006

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    This was a 3.5 hour journey, so plenty of photos to take! Again, each one looked just like the other 20 or so, but I did manage to get some good ones of prayer flags dotted along the way! What did amaze me was that there were really dry mountains, mountains with foliage and mountains with sand...all different kinds. Our guide said that there were only two kinds of trees which grow in Lhasa, those being the Birch which is used for wooden carvings and the Willow which is used for the rooves of the Tibetan's houses.

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    From Lhasa airport to downtown

    by sugarpuff Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    It's one of the those photos that you take a million of at the time and then when you sort through them afterwards you realise that they all look the same! The scenery was beautiful however as we passed by the Lhasa River. At first we passed through the Yalung Zangbo Valley from the airport whose Indian name is Dhamaputara, and then through the newly constructed 3km long tunnel called Galashan which the guide was very proud of. The tunnel has actually cut the journey from around 93km to 60km, so that was the part that I was pleased to hear about! At the other end we went through the Lhasa Valley, passing the Lhasa River where I took this photo.

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    We stopped along the way...

    by sugarpuff Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    ...but where it was is another matter!!! I really cant remember what the purpose of this Buddha here in the mountain side is, but I do remember the guide saying that the land used to be owned by the government and it was therefore free to get in and take photos, but recently it has been bought by a wealthy businessman and there is now a fee of 10yuan to walk inside, hence my photo from the side of the road. Nice billboard! At least the advertisers were clever enough to realise that people would be taking photos of it even if they didnt want to be! All the white 'rubbish' strewn on the mountain side are haddas put there by pilgrims and travellers. I should have probably put mine there as it kept getting caught on my bag zip, but then I would have had to pay 10yuan just to put it there..a vicious cycle!

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    From Beijing to Tibet via Chengdu

    by sugarpuff Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    View on the way to Tibet from Chengdu

    I was so excited to see the snow capped mountains from the aeroplane, and you could even see the most gorgeous turquoise coloured lakes dotted around the mountains. A great start to this amazing trip.

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    Lhasa Airport

    by Confucius Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Lhasa's airport is not in Lhasa. It's actually located in the small town of Gongga, about an hour away by bus. There is only one international flight, so if you are not going to Nepal then you must fly to another domestic destination and change planes.
    If you need to use the restroom, there is only one western style toilet in the airport and it's located next to "International Departures" on the far right as you enter the airport.

    There is plenty of transportation to Lhasa from the airport, but if you fly into Gongga and wish to go elsewhere in Tibet then options are very limited. There is a road that goes to Gyangze (highway 307) but it is constantly under repair. For 10 yuan you can get dropped off by the Lhasa shuttle at the nearby intersection that goes west to Shigatse (spelled as "Xigaze" in VT database) and then hitch a ride on a mini-bus for 40 or 50 yuan. (See additional photo)

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    Lhasa Train Station

    by Confucius Written Sep 23, 2006

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    This is Lhasa train station about noon on a Friday
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    I was amazed by how easy it is to buy a train ticket at Lhasa station. It only look about a total of 5 minutes for me to go into the station on a Friday afternoon and purchase a ticket to Golmud.
    When I got to the ticket counter there was only one person in front of me. Where were the long lines? What about the bureaucracy?
    I was told that buying a ticket to Beijing or Chengdu required advance reservations. Yet since I only wanted a cheap hard seat to Golmud, the tickets were in abundance for my Sunday departure.

    It is possible to buy tickets to Dangxiong or Naqu if you want to see a couple more destinations in Tibet. Dangxiong is the station near Nam-tso Lake and Naqu is famous for its horse racing festival. These tickets are very cheap but you'll need to stay overnight in order to proceed to Golmud or return to Lhasa. In the near future I believe day trip packages to Nam-tso Lake will become available.

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    The Great Lhasa Bridge

    by Confucius Written Sep 23, 2006

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    Here's the bridge into town from the train station
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    You probably won't walk across it but the Lhasa Bridge is used frequently by vehicles arriving in Lhasa from the train station. Further west there is a new bridge currently under construction in 2006 that will provide a shortcut to town from the train station. The old bridge will still be used by vehicles travelling east to Sichuan.

    The area surrounding the Lhasa Bridge is an ideal place to observe the Bathing Festival, which is usually celebrated some time in September. Use the west gate of Tibet University to access the bridge area, as the road from town leading up to the bridge does not have a suitable sidewalk for pedestrian traffic.

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    Public Bus

    by mim95 Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    Public Bus in Lhasa

    Public buses are good way to get around within Lhasa and to nearby monasteries. It is 2RMB within the city, and more to further away. The buses are actually mini-buses and are quite frequent. There are various routes, it is better to ask at your guesthouse which one and where to take beforehand.

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    Traditional Taxi

    by mim95 Written Dec 19, 2005

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    Tricycle - the traditional form of transportation

    You can get around by tricycles within the city for less than 10 yuan, depending on how far you are going. Do negotiate with the driver though, especially around tourist areas. They are decorated traditionally.

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    Sketch map of Lhasa

    by budapest8 Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    Sketch map of Lhasa

    Since I was there in 1986 there have sprung up lots more hotels and I stayed in the Lhasa Hotel just as it had been built. The lifts didn't yet work and they were still laying carpets. Due to the restrictions then tourists were only allowed to stay in certain hotels or guesthouses. We walked everywhere or drove around in the Toyota Land Cruiser we rented which was pretty expensive but we split it 4 ways for our trip to the Nepalese border. I was in Lhasa 4 times and there exist 3 groups of seperate people.The Tibetans, The Han Chinese and tourists.
    Roads

    Roads are generally poor in Tibet. The only roads suitable for VTT are the following=

    Kodari Dingri Shigatse Lhasa Nakchu
    Shigatse Gyantse
    Lhasa Kongpo-Gyamda Bayi
    Lhasa Tsetang Ombulakang.
    Schedule only 50 to 100km depending you have to climb or not. For other roads 35km a day will be a maximum. Excepts those 4 main roads there are short good portions of roads around some large cities, military camps or hydroelectric plants and between Chamdo and Chamdo airport. Others roads are bumpy and only an average of 200km per day can be expected with a first class TOYOTA 4500 on those roads. Many are under repairs or cut such as the Chonggye road. A side track nearby will replace the usual road. It don't matter: any 4 wheels carriage track worth those roads.
    When looking the materials and technics used - no progress can be scheduled in the near future. Chinese wasted 40 years to learn that roads should be drained and it will take certainly more than that to discover that local soils must not be used as a bottom of road.

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    Crossing the Himalayas __Not on a YAK

    by budapest8 Updated Sep 1, 2005

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    BRRRRR it's cold

    Toyota Land cruisers were what we used on each of our 4 trips, we rented them from one of the official Chinese tour companies with Chinese driver. I doubt if you will get a Tibetan unless you want to walk or travel by Yak. When your travelling to other towns be prepared for changes in the weather from sunshine to snow storms.Roads get washed away and rock slides in some of the mountain passes.Local buses can break down and not be another for days.I even met a chap on a bicycle cycling round the world, there were all sorts of people on the trail between Lhasa and the road to Nepal via Shigatse. Suprisingly a lot of the roads through the passes in the Himalayas are quite flat. If your going on the road to Nepal you will see Everest enroute, but the Chinese drivers don't understand why we got out to look!

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    Kathmandu-Lhasa bus on maiden journey

    by harirasik Written May 2, 2005

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    May 1,2005 - The much anticipated direct bus service between Kathmandu and Lhasa was flagged off Sunday, as a deluxe bus of Sajha Yatayat left for Lhasa on its maiden journey with 40 passengers onboard.
    Minister for Labor and Transport Management Ram Narayan Singh and the Chinese ambassador Sun Heping inaugurated the service. "Beginning of the bus services is a landmark event that will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries," said Singh

    Speaking at the inauguration function, he said that the service would, most importantly strengthen the people-to-people ties. "The bus service will be a strong means to promote trade, economy and tourism of both nations," Singh said

    Ambassador Sun also noted that the new service would further strengthen the friendly ties between the two countries and play a crucial role in the promotion of tourism within the two countries. The journey from Kathmandu to the Capital city of Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, which covers 970 kilometers, will take about 30 hours over two days. Sajha has fixed the fare at US$70 per person for one-way travel.

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    Share a jeep from Lhasa down to Nepal

    by dipendra Written Nov 17, 2004

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    As long as, there is no heavy snow on the way, it's quite safe and easy to get to the border. Even u can have a look at the Himalaya from far away. u experience dramatic change for the temperature and climate all the way down to the border.

    The solider don't allow the foreigener take picure there. they tried to stop me when i took the photo, cause they assume i'm Japanese. Gosh, i don't like Japan.

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    Share a jeep from Lhasa down to Nepal

    by dipendra Written Nov 17, 2004

    As long as, there is no heavy snow on the way, it's quite safe and easy to get to the border. Even u can have a look at the Himalaya from far away. u experience dramatic change for the temperature and climate all the way down to the border.

    The solider don't allow the foreigener take picure there. they tried to stop me when i took the photo, cause they assume i'm Japanese. Gosh, i don't like Japan.

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    Uphill to Drepung Monastery

    by tompt Written Sep 11, 2004

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    This little tractor will take you uphill to the Drepung Monastery. From the road where the regular bus from Lhasa stops.
    Ofcourse you can walk uphill, but it is a tough climb and once inside the monastery gate, you can climb also. The 1 Yuan they charge to take you (up or down hill) is worth it.

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There are two main ways to get to Lhasa, either by plane or by train.  Of course a flight will be more expensive.  While the train is cheaper, it does take considerable time to and from...

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