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Lhasa

Lhasa is world-famous for its places of historical interest related with Buddhism, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, etc. Tibetan ethnic group make a great contribution with its long history and rich culture. And one of them is Tibetan fresco which is an important component of Tibetan culture. Tibetan ethnic group is also featured by its special lifestyle and habits.

Lhasa, meaning “the Sacred Land” or “Buddha place” in Tibetan language, has been the cultural, economic, political and religious center in Tibet since ancient time. Tibet was a theocratic state and Potala Palace was the symbol of supreme theocratic regime in old days. However, with the peaceful liberation of Tibet on May 23, 1951, theocratic regime went to its doom and Lhasa entered a new era. In 1960, State Council officially approved Lhasa for the prefecture-level city. In 1982 Lhasa was selected as one of the state level historical and cultural cities.

Things To Do

Drink Sweet Tea in Guangming Teahouse

In Lhasa, drinking sweet tea in Guangming Teahouse is an indispensable things to do just like strolling around Hutong area in Beijing. Guangming Teahouse is well-known with long history in Lhasa. This teahouse is indispensable part for people’s life and become a good place to exchange and spread information and news. In the old times, the sweet tea was only limited to noble class, but with the social development, the sweet tea can be drunk by all walks of lives. In the teahouse, you can witness the real and ordinary Tibetan life.

Enjoy Sunbath

Lhasa is called “sunlit city” because it enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunlight annually. Undoubtedly, Lhasa is the best city to enjoy sunbath in China. Find a place you like and totally relax yourself under the sun, but don’t forget to smear sunblock.

Stroll around Barkhor Street

The Barkhor is an area of narrow streets with public square situated around Jokhang Temple. There are many shops and booths sold various kinds of traditional and unique Tibetan handicrafts. It is a holy pilgrimage site so that you should stroll around Bakhor Street in clockwise direction according to Buddhist principle.

Visit some small temples

Besides the famous Jokhang and Ramoche temples, there are many other unknown temples which are mostly worshiped by locals. These small temples are free of charge. The Buddhist statues and murals in these temples are worthwhile to watch.

Scripture Debate in Sera Monastery

Scripture debate in Sera Monastery is so famous that the scenes of debate are printed on the tickets. Even if you have witness the debate in other temples, the debate in Sera Monastery should not be missed.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace is the most representative attraction in Lhasa so that it is must-see. Tickets for the Potala Palace are limited. Take your passport and head to the southwest exit and look for ticket stand where you will get a free ticket voucher. The following day, arrive at the south entrance 30 minutes before the time on the voucher. After checking, you are allowed to enter the palace.

Lost in the scenery of Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake is a mountain lake about 112 kilometers away from Lhasa. It is a holy lake in the eye of Tibetans. The lake is crystal-clear blue and the degree of blue are changeable as weather, position and seasons change. You will be lost in the blue world!

Best Time to Visit

The The best time to visit Lhasa is from August to October. The climate during this period is humid and warm compared with dry and windy weather in spring and winter.

When visiting Lhasa in summer, you can pay a visit to some palace-like monasteries such as Drepung Monasteries and Jokhang Monastery. In the evening, you can relax in the Tibetan-styled bars and immerse yourself in the Tibetan atmosphere. Although it is rainy season in summer, your journey will not be affect, because it always rains at nigh and clears up on the following day. If you happen to visit Lhasa during Shoton Festival in August, you can not only watch the performance of Tibetan Opera, but also witness the magnificent scene of exhibition of precious Thangka in Drepung Monastery.

Lhasa Attractions

Lhasa attractions offer the most popular Lhasa sightseeing. Must-have attractions in Lhasa travel include Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Ramoche Temple, Jokhang Temple and so on. These Lhasa attractions would offers you a great chance to discover this Holy Land. Click for details about these Lhasa tourist attractions.

Drepung Monastery
Jokhang Temple
Namtso Lake
Norbulingka
Potala Palace
Ramoche Temple
Sera Monastery

Lhasa Tours

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Lhasa Culture

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, has a history of more than 1300 years and is the cultural, economic, political and transport center of the region. It covers an area of 30,000 square kilometers and has the downtown area of 59 square kilometers. The total population in Lhasa amount to 550,000, among which Tibetan ethnic group makes up 87%, so that Lhasa is characterized by its local special culture.

Lhasa was named “Re Sa” in ancient Tibet. In Tibetan language, goat is “Re” and earth “Sa”. In the seventh century, Songtsen Gampo moved capital to Lhasa and the powerful Tubo kingdom was established after unifying the whole of Tibet. And then Tibetans set about building Great Brightness Temple and Little Brightness Temple. After completion of these two temples, monks and pilgrims gradually came to Lhasa. By the 640’s, 18 hospices had been put up near Great Brightness Temple for pilgrim from afar and the houses of many local residents had risen nearby, forming the beginning of the old quarter of the Lhasa centering around what is now know as the Octogon Street. Meanwhile Songtsen Gampo built an extension onto his palace, i.e. Potala Palace. World-famous plateau city began to come into being and “Re Sa” gradually became “the Sacred Land” in people’s hearts.

The following paragraphs will some information on the culture of traditional architecture, Tibetan Buddhism, traditional customs and traditional handicrafts.

Culture

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, has a history of more than 1300 years and is the cultural, economic, political and transport center of the region. It covers an area of 30,000 square kilometers and has the downtown area of 59 square kilometers. The total population in Lhasa amount to 550,000, among which Tibetan ethnic group makes up 87%, so that Lhasa is characterized by its local special culture.

Lhasa was named “Re Sa” in ancient Tibet. In Tibetan language, goat is “Re” and earth “Sa”. In the seventh century, Songtsen Gampo moved capital to Lhasa and the powerful Tubo kingdom was established after unifying the whole of Tibet. And then Tibetans set about building Great Brightness Temple and Little Brightness Temple. After completion of these two temples, monks and pilgrims gradually came to Lhasa. By the 640’s, 18 hospices had been put up near Great Brightness Temple for pilgrim from afar and the houses of many local residents had risen nearby, forming the beginning of the old quarter of the Lhasa centering around what is now know as the Octogon Street. Meanwhile Songtsen Gampo built an extension onto his palace, i.e. Potala Palace. World-famous plateau city began to come into being and “Re Sa” gradually became “the Sacred Land” in people’s hearts.

The following paragraphs will some information on the culture of traditional architecture, Tibetan Buddhism, traditional customs and traditional handicrafts.

Traditional Architecture

Referring to traditional architecture in Lhasa, Potala Palace can be regarded as the embodiment. Potala Palace is a large-scale palace-castle-like architectural complex locating on the top of Red Hill of the center of Lhasa. Symbolizing Tibetan Buddhism, art, history and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet, Potala Palace is considered as the ‘Tibetan Historical Museum’. The important religious and political ceremonies has been held here since the fifth Dalai Lama. Moreover it is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama from the 7the century CE. The numerous value historical relics are best-preserved in the palace.

Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism, also named Esoteric Buddhism, is a branch of Buddhism.Tibetan Buddhism is regarded as a mysterious and pristine Tibetan religion. The Tibetan Buddhism is characterized by celestial burial, a funerary practice during which a human corpse is incised in certain locations and placed on mountaintop for exposing it to animals especially birds of prey.

Traditional Customs

Due to its altitudes and long history, Tibet has formed its own unique customs over thousands of years. Tibetan wine culture gradually came into being through about a-thousand-year development. About 1,000 years ago, Tibetan people began to learn how to brew. In the Tibetan culture, wine symbolizes happiness so that it is a necessity during festivals. The etiquette and customs of drinking wine are very plentiful. When the wine is fermented, the people will propose a toast to god first.

A Hada, or khata and katak is a traditional ceremonial scarf common in Tibetan and Mongolian cultures. Tibetan people always offer hada to their honorable guests.

Tradition Handicrafts

One of most valued handicrafts in Tibet is Thangka which is a silk painting with beautiful patterns depicting a Buddhism deity, scene or mandala. The themes of Thangka are derived from the Tibetan history, Tibetan medicine or astronomy.

Lhasa Food

Lhasa provides the best food compared with other places in Tibet. The food can be divided into Tibetan food, Sichuan cuisine and west-style cuisine. Nepalese and Indian food in some restaurants are also available. The flavor of Tibetan food is light and not greasy. Any spicy ingredients are not added in the food except garlics and green onions.

Visitors can have a taste of local Tibetan cuisine such as Yak beef, buttered tea, and Tsampa, etc. Lhasa has some food streets which you can taste authentic Tibetan food. Deji Road which contains about 100 restaurants is the most popular dining place among locals. Western-style restaurants can be found in Beijing Road and Barkhor Street.

Food

Lhasa provides the best food compared with other places in Tibet. The food can be divided into Tibetan food, Sichuan cuisine and west-style cuisine. Nepalese and Indian food in some restaurants are also available. The flavor of Tibetan food is light and not greasy. Any spicy ingredients are not added in the food except garlics and green onions.

Visitors can have a taste of local Tibetan cuisine such as Yak beef, buttered tea, and Tsampa, etc. Lhasa has some food streets which you can taste authentic Tibetan food. Deji Road which contains about 100 restaurants is the most popular dining place among locals. Western-style restaurants can be found in Beijing Road and Barkhor Street.

What to Eat in Lhasa

Tsampa

As one of staple for Tibetan, Tsampa is eaten at every meal. Tsampa is made of ground barley and pea flour. When eating, Tsampa is often mingled with butter tea.

Blood Sausage

Blood sausage is made of yak’s and sheep’s blood, which is very popular among Tibetan. Most Chinese visitors will be fond of it but for Christian foreigners, blood sausage won’t added on their menu.

Thukpa

Thukpa is the most popular noodle compared with other Tibetan noodles. It is slightly similar with hand-pulled noodles. The noodles are cooked in the beef soup with some salt and green onions. It is always eaten with yak beef or mutton. It is very enjoyable to drink the beef soup.

Tibetan Liangfen(bean noodle)

Tibetan Liangfen can be eaten in most places of Lhasa. It is characterized by peppers. The peppers are soaked in the water and put into Liangfen when eating. It can be tasted in Barkhor Street.

Drinks:

Chang

Chang, a Tibetan bear, is brewed from barley. With low alcohol proof, Chang is favored by nearly all Tibetan including children and the old.

Sweet Tea

With history of hundreds of years, Sweet Tea is a highlight in Tibetan cuisine culture. It is concocted out of black tea, milk and sugar. With eutrophy, it is very favorable among people.

Buttered Tea

Buttered tea is alway used to treat guests. When traveling in Tibet, you’d better drink buttered tea as much as possible for it can help to cure cold and acclimatize yourself to Tibetan Plateau.

Where to Eat in Lhasa

Restaurants

Lhasa Snowland Restaurant

Cuisines: Tibetan, Nepalese and western-style food
Address: Zang Yiyuan Lu (near Barkhor Square)
Telephone: 0891-6337323; 6323687

Alu Cang Restaurant

Cuisines: Napali/ Tibetan
Address: Duosenge Lu 21-32, Lhasa
Telephone: 0891-6338826

Ganglamedo

Cuisines: Napali/ Tibetan food
Address: Beijing Dong Lu 127, Lhasa
Telephone: 0891 6333657

Holy Land Vegetarian Restaurant

Cuisines: Vegetarian
Address: Linkuo Bei Lu Waibanshang Pingfang 10, Lhasa
Telephone: 0891-636-3851

Lhasa Shopping

Shopping is indispensable for many tourists. In Lhasa, the most popular souvenir should be Tibetan artworks, Tibetan medical herbs and traditional Tibetan knitting. The most attractive souvenirs for tourists include Thangka and religious objects such as prayer wheel. Barkhor Street is famous shopping center where all sorts of traditional Tibetan handicrafts, such as traditional clothes, Thangka, Tibetan carpet, can be easily found. Remember to bargain with shopkeeper when you buy souvenirs in Barkhor Street. But there is shopping mall nearby Barkhor Street in which the handicrafts are inexpensive with good quality.

Shopping

Shopping is indispensable for many tourists. In Lhasa, the most popular souvenir should be Tibetan artworks, Tibetan medical herbs and traditional Tibetan knitting. The most attractive souvenirs for tourists include Thangka and religious objects such as prayer wheel. Barkhor Street is famous shopping center where all sorts of traditional Tibetan handicrafts, such as traditional clothes, Thangka, Tibetan carpet, can be easily found. Remember to bargain with shopkeeper when you buy souvenirs in Barkhor Street. But there is shopping mall nearby Barkhor Street in which the handicrafts are inexpensive with good quality.

What to Buy in Lhasa

Thangka

Tangka is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery with theme of Tibetan Buddhists. There are many Tangka shops in Barkhor Street. Some shops are run by Tangka painters. When buying it, you can bargain with shopkeepers over price. But if you did not buy Tangka, don’t touch it.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a kind of very precious medicine herb which exists in Tibet.As a top grade nourishment, it is known as yartsa gunbu in Tibetan and in Chinese as dong chong xia cao (literally means “winter worm and summer grass”). Most cordyceps sold in Barkhor street are fake so that you should purchase it in Tibetan medicine factories and other drugstores but you cannot bargain in these places.

Tibetan Knives

It is a custom for Tibetan to wear a waist knife which is used to cut meat and defend themselves. It is also a form of handicrafts with history of 1,600 years. The knives are deeply favored by tourists but they are not allowed to consign in the airport. So you’d better make sure that Tibetan knives are not prohibited by customs of your country. If not, you can send it in post office.

Tibetan Mask

Tibetan masks are an essential element in traditional Tibetan culture. The masks are separated into three types including religious, folk and Tibetan Opera masks. In Tibetan, the masks are indispensable during the important religious festivals. The masks are also note for their diversity of shapes, special styles and unsophisticated beauty.

Where to Buy in Lhasa

Barkhor Street

It is not only a famous shopping center but also one of major tourist attractions in Lhasa. Barkhor Street is located around Jokhang Temple. The buildings in the area are best preserved. There are more than 120 shops and 200 booths, over 1,300 business dealing with above 8,000 goods. All kinds of Tibetan handicrafts such as Tibetan carpets, snuff pot, knives and mask can be found in the street. Some handiworks from India, Burma or Nepal can also be bought here.

Tips Don’t ramble too late. The Barkhor Street changes into a common flea market after 18:00 so that you may get lost easily. Remember to bargain. The price of the same item in different booths greatly differs. Check items carefully before payment.

Beijing Road

Beijing Road is the most busiest shopping place in Lhasa. Beijing Road is located right in front of Potala Place. On the both sides of the street, there are many distinctive alleyways with Tibetan-style buildings. Famous hotels, department stores, post offices, shops can be found in this area.

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