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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa
"Your local guide will meet you in your hotel lobby then take a taxi with you to the Potala Palace.On this half day tour you will spend half day on exploring the highlights of the Tibetan capitol the Potala Palace. The exotic structure stands 13-stories-high and contains more than 1000 rooms. The palace is divided into two sections. The White Palace which was built in the mid-17th century provided living quarters for the fifth through the fourteenth Dalai Lamas. From the White Palace pilgrims climb to the central Red Palace
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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
"Start from Gang-gyan Hotel Lhasa at 9:30am your tour guide will first bring you to Potala Palace winter palace of Dalai lama which was put to use since 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet with most valuable collections of Potala Palace including gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. You will spend your morning e you will head to Jokhang Temple which was also founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century to promote Buddhism. Inside the temple you will see the statue of young Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve probably the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple
From $200.00
 
Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
"Start from Gang-gyan Hotel Lhasa at 9:30am your tour guide will first bring you to Potala Palace winter palace of Dalai lama which was put to use since 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet with most valuable collections of Potala Palace including gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. You will spend your morning e you will head to Jokhang Temple which was also founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century to promote Buddhism. Inside the temple you will see the statue of young Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve probably the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple
From $200.00

Most Viewed Local Customs in Lhasa

Local Customs

Local Butchers

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...
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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...
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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...
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THE LOCAL SATELLITE DISH

when going around lhasa (even within the monasteries), don't be surprised to come across one of these. from afar, it looks like a portable satellite dish - which really surprised me, tibet may be more...
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Different areas of Tibet

In different regions of Tibet, Shannan or Changtang, rural or pastoral areas, eastern or western Tibet, the customs are varied. As a Tibetan saying goes: "Different lamas teach in different ways;...
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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...
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Tibetans are very religious

Lhasa is the religious center of Tibet. Many Tibetans would visit Lhasa whenever possible during their lifetime. They follow the various traditional pilgrimage routes in the city. Some of them walk...
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Carpet making

At Tibet Potala Carpet Company, not far from Drepung Monastery, we were shown the whole process of carpet making, from the basic wool, through the carding and spinning to the weaving of the carpets....
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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is not just a matter of walking to a sacred place and then leaving again. There are a number of activities that must take place to focus the concentration of the pilgrim. The act of kora,...
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Politics and Responsible Travel

Don't try and talk politics to local people if they don't want to. Tibetans can get 20 years in prison for this. It is a counter revolutionary crime. For example Yulu Dawa Tenzin was jailed for 20...
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undercover monks

The chinese placed a lot of undercover monks in the monasteries in Tibet. Because it is believed by the chinese the monasteries are the centre of resistence against the chinese authorities.Sometimes...
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Turning the prayerwheels

Prayerwheels come in all forms and sizes. You are supposed to turn them around so the prayer (usually Om Mani Padme Hum) can travel to the heavens.This pilgrim has one in her hand while turn the large...
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Praying

As Lhasa ia a main pilgrim destination you will see many people praying. Praying can be done in several ways. You can turn your prayerwheel, sending your prayers to heaven. Or recite a mantra like Om...
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Always come prepared

This monk shows how to be prepared for everything. He wears a cloth in front of his mouth and nose, probably against infections or the polution of the city.In his left hand he holds a wreath, counting...
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No.7 Jiri Erxiang, Lhasa, Tibet, China
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No.149 Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
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64 Beijing Middle Road, Lhasa, Tibet, 850001, China
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Yangcheng Square, Gongbutang Rd, Building A, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
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1 Minzu Road, Lhasa, Tibet, 850001, China
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No. 41 Mid Beijing Road, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
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Top Things to Do in Lhasa

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Sera 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...
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Yamdrok-tso

Tso means lake in Tibetan. Yamdrok is one of the 4 holy lakes in Tibet. It is about 1 hour from Lhasa and usually viewed from Kampa La pass. Being that it is a holy lake, many pilgrims will visit,...
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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...
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Ganden Monestary

Ganden Monastery sits on top of a mountain to the east of Lhasa. There are only a few buses one of which you can get just down the street from the Yak Hotel. The monastery is beautiful. It is a steep...
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Potala

Take some time in the evening to walk past the Potala a night time. The front is lit up and looks beautiful. If you view from across the street, there is a small pond and you can see the reflection of...
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Kampa La Pass

Every pass in Tibet is a big deal. You will always find many prayer flags across the road. The idea is that the wind blowing through the flags will carry the prayers out to the universe. Sometimes it...
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