Lhasa is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Regions in China. In local language, Lhasa means ‘The Land of the Gods’. This is the home to Dalai Lama and some important Tibetan Buddhist centers such as Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. The population of this city is around 255,000 people, which makes it the second most populous city in Tibet. At the altitude of 3,650 meters, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. Today, Lhasa is an attractive destination for a spiritual and soul retreat tour. With a long history, unique architecture, spectacular sceneries and distinctive culture, Lhasa will be an unforgettable memory in your China trip.

What to do in Lhasa?
Jokhang Temple

Tibet is a famous Buddhist center in China. The best thing you can do in Lhasa is discovering solemn historic and religious relics and its unique culture.

  • Jokhang Temple: Recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in 2000, Jokhang Temple is now a spiritual center of Tibet. This sacred temple was started building in 652AD during Tang Dynasty.
  • Potala Palace: Built at an altitude of 3,700 meters, the magnificent architecture is the highest old palace in the world. This palace was originally built by King Songtsem Gampo and restored in 1645 by the 5th Dalai Lama.
  • Barkhor Street: Located in the center of ancient Lhasa city, Barkhor Street is a famous pilgrimage route circling Jokhang Temple. It is the place for you to understand Tibetan culture, religion and how people value Buddhism.
  • Norbulingka: Norbulingka means ‘Jeweled Garden’ in English and is the largest man-made garden in Tibetan region with an area of 360,000 square meters. It was constructed in the 1740s by the 7th Dalai Lama.
  • Sera Monastery: 5 kilometers from Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery is one of three main monasteries in Lhasa besides Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. The highlight in Sera Monastery is watching the monks’ debating sessions every day at 3 pm (except Sunday).
Best time to travel to Lhasa

As a high-altitude city, the weather in Lhasa is severe with chilly weather. The average temperate is 9 degrees Celsius. With strong ultraviolet radiation, there is a risk of getting sunburn in Lhasa during the daytime. The temperature will drop significantly at night, even in summers. The best time to travel to this city is from April to October when the weather is less severe.

Lhasa Travel Tips
  • It will take around 10 days to get Tibet Entry Permit from the government, so plan your trip in advance for at least 20 days.
  • The discrepancy of weather between day and night in Lhasa is significant. Prepare warm clothing along with sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to prevent you from sunburn.
  • Altitude sickness is caused by a lack of oxygen in a high-altitude region. So drink a lot of water and wear warm clothes in your Lhasa trip.
  • Dress conservatively, avoid short-sleeved and sleeveless shirts whenever entering a religious site. Respect local customs, don’t take photographs or smoke inside a temple.
  • It is not advisable to discuss political and religious topics in Lhasa. You don’t want to get any trouble on your trip.