Lhasa Travel Guide

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    by blueskyjohn
  • Yungdrungling Monastery
    by blueskyjohn
  • Yungdrungling Monastery
    by blueskyjohn

Lhasa Things to Do

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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 Sera is closer to the c

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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 the Potala in it.

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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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  • Ga Ma Shar Monastery

    This is the smallest monastery I every visited. It is situated in the heart of Lhasa old town section, near Jokhang. As you walk in, there is a man monitoring who enters. He is a nice guy and saw I was carrying an old Lonely Planet Tibet guide book. He pointed at it and I offer to let him see it. When he open the front page, somehow he recognized...

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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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  • 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 is a very beautiful site, sometimes it looks like a big mess. Kampa La is one of the closest to Lhasa and overlooks Yamdrok Lake. There are many photo...

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Lhasa Hotels

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Lhasa Restaurants

  • Dunya

    The Dunya restaurant is a great overall experience. From the decor to food and service, Dunya can't be beat. The staff from all my experiences only speak English and Tibetan. All the service staff are Tibetan. The owners I believe are American and German and taught the staff. Any of the curry dishes are great! Not to mention any of the Yak dishes....

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  • House of Shambhala

    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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  • Snowland Restaurant

    The Snowland has change location just slightly, next door and upstairs. Beyond that they also redecorated and installed a fountain on the stairs going up. They always had great food. Now the decor matches. The staff are very helpful and a few speak English. The owner will joke that his English is better than his Chinese, lol. I had my usual Yak...

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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

    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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  • Pedi-cab

    Pedi-cabs are a pretty common sight around Lhasa. They fit two adults but I have seen three fit in if the cyclist can handle it. Negotiation range depending on where you want to go. A lot has to do with construction going on. The typical ride just about anywhere is 20rmb. But a taxi is 10rmb. It is easier to catch a ride with a pedi-cab. Just be...

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Lhasa Shopping

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  • Barkhor Square

    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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  • 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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  • 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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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 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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  • 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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Lhasa Warnings and Dangers

  • Man Holes

    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...

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  • 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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Lhasa Tourist Traps

  • Purchasing Thangkas

    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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  • 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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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

  • Yungdrungling Monastery

    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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  • Prayer Writings

    While on the Kora around Sera Monastery, be sure to find the pile of prayer writings carved onto rocks. These are called Mani Stones. Pilgrims will continue to piles these stones up on a sacred spot or at Stupas.

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  • Ralung Monastery

    If visiting monasteries that are seldom visited is your goal, put Ralung on your list. It is a small monastery but it is said to be the location where the red-hat sect of monks was originated. That makes Ralung a very sacred location. Aside from that, Many of the ruins from the cultural revolution can still be seen. And beyond that, the monks of...

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Lhasa General

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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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