Lhasa Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by blueskyjohn

Lhasa Highlights

  • Pro
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     learn about the Tibetan culture and religion 

  • Con
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     Difficult logistics; travel permit necessary 

  • In a nutshell
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     Would not miss it for the world. 

Lhasa Things to Do

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  • Visit the Muslim Quarter

    Within the old town section of Lhasa is the Muslim quarter. This is a small section that has a mosque and food vendor carts. This is some of the best street food you will find in Lhasa. This is also an open vegetable market. I have to say the vegetables looked delicious and seemed more abundant compared to the other vegetable market.Here is a map...

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  • Vegetable Market

    In the old section of Lhasa, between Jokhang Monastery and Beijing East Rd, is a wonderful outdoor vegetable market. Fresh vegetables are displayed along with fruits and a few tables with Yak meat. If you have some type of efficiency hotel room and the opportunity to cook, this is the place to buy your produce.Here is a map of the area: Old Town...

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  • Jokhang Kora

    One of the highlights of visiting Lhasa is going to the Jokhang and seeing all the vendors lining both sides of the Kora. There would be hundreds of local Tibetan vendors. To my surprise they are all gone! I never thought I would see that happen. According to my guide, Tibet has a new governor and this is something he directed. They are also...

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  • Jokhang Monastery

    Many locals, pilgrims and tourist come to Jokhang everyday. For tourists, it is best to visit the temple in the afternoon. Many Tibetans will go to Jokhang in the morning for blessings. Construction on the monastery began in 642 AD. It is a beautiful monastery and one of the most important in the Tibetan Buddhist faith. Security within the temple...

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  • Sera - Chanting Monks

    As it turns out, my guide tells me that the Monks do not have debating class on the weekends. He does have a relative that is a Monk at Sera and gave him a call. He told my guide that there would a chanting session we should come see. I'm glade we did. It was another amazing experience. Some Monks were preparing food in front of the main hall as...

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  • Drepung Monastery

    Drepung is a very large monastery located in the western part of Lhasa. It is bigger than Sera but does not have the same attraction as Sera. This may be in part to the debating Monks at Sera or that Sera is closer to the center of Lhasa.Still, Drepung is a wonderful monastery with lots to explore. On occasion, the monks will gather on the roof of...

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Lhasa Hotels

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Lhasa Restaurants

  • Finally! Great chocolate cake in Tibet!

    I have a weakness for chocolate. I'm always on the lookout for a good bakery for desserts. Lhasa has some good bakery's specializing in Tibetan and Chinese pastry. Not known for their chocolate items. I came across Bread Talk. This is a chain style bakery with most of their locations in China and Southeast Asia.Fine by me, they have a nice...

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  • The food is good and the cat is cool!

    The restaurant is across the street and a few doors down from the Yak Hotel. I've eaten dinner here before and it was very good. This trip I stopped in for lunch. I had the vegetable pizza. It was very good. A little spicy and the pizza dough was more like naan. It's a personal size pie and I was able to eat the whole thing. The wait staff speak...

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  • Great place for lunch but lacking for...

    This restaurant is part of the House of Shambhala hotel. It is on the roof top with indoor and outdoor seating. This is a great place to hang out and relax. It is one of the more beautifully decorated hotels and restaurant in Lhasa. The wait staff are great but only one speaks English. When ordering they ask you to tell the waitress the number of...

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Lhasa Nightlife

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  • The Crazy Yak Show

    The Crazy Yak Troupe entertains at a couple of different venue in Lhasa, including the Crazy Yak Restaurant and the Shangri La Restaurant. Best to book in advance, as they are very popular. The show starts with short performances of various aspects of Tibetan Opera, carries on with a drinking song which everyone is encouraged to take part in, and...

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  • Watch the night sky or stroll around the...

    In Lhasa, some hotels have nightclubs or KTV entertainments. Generally speaking, there are not too much evening activities. I was there in 1986 so please don't use me as a reference, guess Tibetan Guest houses with other travelers will be great with tales from other travelers enroute to Katmandu or Chengdu......You have to get up at the crack of...

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  • ???

    While sipping the infamous butter tea, we are entertained by the Tibetans about their culture & dancing. The food proved to be more popular with the guests though I think the ones we had at Snowland & Dunya were much more delightful!

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Lhasa Transportation

  • Taxi - the affordable way to go

    Taxi's are very affordable in my opinion. The cost is 10 rmb and will get you just about anywhere in Lhasa. You do not have to tip your driver. They are not expecting anything. The ones I've used seem to be very knowledgeable on the area. They do not speak much English but they are familiar with tourist destinations. Where you may run into a...

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  • Lhasa to Shigatse by train

    There is a railway under construction that will connect to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. This section will continue onto Shigatse. This would mean that if you do not plan on venturing outside of Shigatse, you will not have to drive from Lhasa. Cutting out those annoying checkpoints.The construction is reported to be complete by October of 2013.

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  • The train to Lhasa

    Since 2007, you can travel to Lhasa by train. It is a long trip and takes 2-3 days one way. Some of the major cities that offer train service to Lhasa and time include:Lhasa-Beijing: 47 hours 04 minutes; distance: 4064kmLhasa-Chengdu: 45 hours 40 minutes; distance: 3360kmLhasa-Chongqing: 46 hours 32 minutes; distance: 3654kmLhasa-Shanghai: 48 hours...

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Lhasa Shopping

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  • Where its at!

    Barkhor Square is hundreds of vendors with small carts sell all types of Tibetan art and Buddhist items. Many of the vendors have the same or similar items. DO NOT SETTLE ON THE ASKING PRICE! Tibetan are natural negotiators. It is not uncommon to have the price drop 3 or 4 times before you settle. If you talk them down two times just walk away....

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  • Where they went to!

    Sadly, all the Tibetan vendors that line the Jokhang Kora have been moved. They are now on the road that runs into Barkhor Square called Yuthok Lam. If you go to Barkhor Square, you can't miss them. But they continue down that road nearly to where the Potala can be access by cutting across. These vendors were the place to go for authentic Tibetan...

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  • Recommendation

    This review has been a long time in coming, but I promised to say something and am now fulfilling my promise. The shop, located somewhere along Barkhor street, is one of the more recognized and trusted shops, given a large interior and two floors. They sell all kinds of souvenirs and crafts, from jewelry to combs to animal products to clothes,...

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Lhasa Local Customs

  • YUMMMMM, Yak meat!

    Well, I guess this is a local custom. Refrigeration of uncooked meat is merely a suggestion and not a rule of thumb here. Hopefully no one gets nauseous from the photos. I think the meat was fairly fresh because it didn't smell (yet!) and it was about 75 degrees out. A good amount of "butchers" are in the same area as the vegetable market and it is...

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  • Tibetan view of religion (continued from...

    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...

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  • Festivals 2007-2008

    Tibetan New Year - February 18th 2007 / February 7th 2008Butter Lamp Festival - March 4th 2007 / March 26th 2008Saka Dawa Festival - May 31st 2007 / June 18th 2008Shoton Festival - August 12th-18th 2007 / August 30th-September 5th 2008Bathing Festival - Middle ten days of September 2007 / Last ten days of September 2008Ghost-Exorcising Festival -...

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Lhasa Warnings and Dangers

  • Man Hole traps!

    There is a lot of construction going on around Lhasa. However it is complete chaos to the average tourist, or anyone else that has worked construction in a developed country. In Tibet, there is somewhat of a disregard for safety of others. The workers know there's no man hole cover...why should they tell anyone else?There are so many of these holes...

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  • How to prevent Altitude Sickness when at...

    For full experience write up & photos, please visit my blog: http://www.aspirantsg.com/travel-holidays/surviving-altitude-sickness-tibet/singapore or follow me on twitter for food reviews: https://twitter.com/AspirantSGWhen you are in Tibet: 1. Go right back to your hotel and rest immediately after your arrival. Strenuous activities such as brisk...

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  • Surviving Altitude Sickness at Tibet

    For full experience write up & photos, please visit my blog: http://www.aspirantsg.com/travel-holidays/surviving-altitude-sickness-tibet/singapore or follow me on twitter for food reviews: https://twitter.com/AspirantSGHere's a list of reasons why one should visit Tibet at least once in their lifetime:The absolute thrill of setting foot on the top...

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Lhasa Tourist Traps

  • Thangka, Thank you!

    A Thangka is a painting of a Buddhist deity or Mandala. The best ones, and most authentic, are painted on fabric or canvas, not paper. There are two different types of Thangka. Ones that are printed on by computer and those that are painted. To tell the difference, just get up close and you can see the horizontal lines of the printer. They can be...

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  • Tibet travel news

    Most of the news show that "Tibet Toursim will be reopening at May 1st for both Chinese and foreign traveler," but till now we haven't get the exactly notice from the "Tibet Toursim Bureau." We're not sure whether we can help you arragement the Tibet Entry Permit at May 1st or not. You can focus on www.nimatour.com get more Tibet travel news from...

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  • Colorful but dangerous nutcakes!

    In Lhasa you'll see many nutcake sellers around Beijing East Road (Dekyi Shar Lam), all sellers are Ugyhur Muslims and they have beautiful and colorful nutcakes on trolleys. They are notorious in Lhasa, they will first ask you to choose a portion, and ask you again if you want to cut the cake from one position, not too careful most tourists would...

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Lhasa What to Pack

  • VIDEOCAM: A MUST WHEN GOING TO SERA...

    make sure you bring a videocam (or at least a digicam with decent video capability) when you go to sera monastery.why? if you go to the debating courtyard at 3 in the afternoon (pls see my 'sera: best time to visit' things to do tip for more info), you'll get a chance to witness the whole congregation of sera monks feverishly debating with one...

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  • WATCH W/ ALTIMETER (it's all about...

    bring a watch with an altimeter (i had a suunto xlander).if you're going to tibet, you'll be encountering elevations you're likely never to encounter again - personal altitude records is what i mean. might as well record it, right?also, better to be aware of the elevations you reach so that you can better "climb high, sleep low" (pls see...

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  • You must bring polarized sunglasses!

    Pack light! I suggest that you don't bring your best luggage and bags. Take a bag that can withstand dusty conditions. Bring long sleeve light cotton shirts, polarized sunglasses, and a hat Sunscreen and a box of Kleenex tissues Bring extra batteries for your digital camera and enough disk memory for 1000 photos. One thing I did not use was...

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Lhasa Off The Beaten Path

  • Hike to Yungdrungling

    This is the preferable way to get to Yungdrungling Monastery. Our driving pulled off the Friendship Highway and parked near an awesome stone suspension bridge. Vehicles cannot cross this. The bridge crosses a tributary that feeds into Yarlung Tsangpo. Once across the bridge follow this road to the right. It is mostly used by sheep and carts pulled...

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  • Yungdrungling Monastery

    This is a much different monastery than you might think. By just looking at Yungdrungling, it appears as a typical Buddhist Monastery. but it is not! It is a Bon Monastery. Bon is the original religion of the Tibetan people dating back thousands of years. In the past, the two religions were in a type of competition. However, recently, the Dali Lama...

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  • Samding Monastery

    Samding can be visited from Lhasa on a long day trip. Most visit when driving from Lhasa to Shigatse. It is constructed on the shore of Yamdrok Tso near the town of Nagartse. The monastery is small but the most important thing about Samding is that it is headed by a female lama. Few people visit this monastery and there really is not too much to...

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Lhasa Favorites

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  • For help with altitude sickness...

    In reference to your question concerning altitude sickness. Have have taken Diamox many times and it does seem to work somewhat. But I would only take this if other remedies do not work. First, be sure to start hydrating at least two days before arriving in Lhasa. When you think you can't drink anymore water...drink some more. Be sure to eat foods...

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  • INTERNET CAFE AT SNOWLANDS HOTEL

    snowlands hotel along mentsikhang lam is just around the corner from the barkhor. just inside its gate (on the left side after the reception area) is an internet cafe with good rates (Y5/hr) and a friendly and accommodating proprietor named nga. he'll gladly make sure you get everything you'll need to go online. they are open until very late at...

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  • Be Prepared for the Public Toilets

    I had not expected, to see the sad state of public toilets at the tourist spots (monasteries), in particular at the Potala Palace. However they are more or less the same everywhere, basically a hole in the ground or possibly a trough. I would advise that you bring your own toilet paper and prepare to hold your breath! One pleasant surprise, at the...

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Pretty good food with great views
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If you're going to try Yak meat, try it here!
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One of the best in Lhasa!
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Ralung Monastery
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Pedi-cab
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Langtang Monastery
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Prayer writings
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Ganden Kora
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Nalendra Monastery
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Sera Printing Room
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Yamdrok-tso
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Kampa La Pass
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Potala by night
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Ganden Monestary
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Potala
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Rock Art!
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Sera Kora
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Sera - Debating Monks!
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I see a sea of yellow! And it smells damn good!
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Sera Monestary
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Potala Kora
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Ga Ma Shar Monastery
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Drepung - Monastery of Collecting Rice
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Norbulingka - Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas
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Jokhang - Tibet's First Buddhist Temple
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Potala Palace - Tombs of Past Dalai Lamas
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Norbulingka - Palace of 13th Dalai Lama
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Tibet has its on Belle Epoque spot
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Tsamkhung Nunnery Monastery
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Visit a local family
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Tengye Ling
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Potala - The Stupas
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Jokhang - Lesser-Known Chapels
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Jokhang - Sacred Artefacts
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Potala - The Red Palace
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Potala - Chogyal Drubphuk Chapel
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Potala - Phakpa Lhakhang Chapel
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Excellent Cheese Naan
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Barkhor Kora
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