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Tibet MapLhasa City is a holy city and capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Located at the roof of the world, Lhasa is known as " the city of sunshine" and " the land of Gods". Located at an altitude of 3658 meters and at the bottom of a small basin surrounded by mountains and rivers, Lhasa has a mild climate, without extremely cold winter and severely hot summer. Therefore, throughout the year for Lhasa are quite suitable for travelling. Travelers can travel to Lhasa by train and by air.All pervaded sacred religious atmosphere mixed with leisure, happiness and the smell of sunshine, Lhasa has been the destination of travel the beginning of lives for many people...More

Lhasa Facts

Chinese Name: 拉萨 (lā sà)  
Population: 400,000
Area: 30,000 square kilometers (11,583 square miles)
Nationalities: Tibetan
City Flower: Galsang flower
Administrative Division: 2 municipal districts (Chengguan, Tuilong Deqing), 6 counties (Linzhou, Dangxiong, Nimu, Qushui, Dazi, Mozhu Gongka)


Geography of Lhasa

Location: As the beautiful capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lhasa is situated in the South Central part of the region, on the North bank of the Kyichu River in a mountain-fringed valley.

Physical Features: Different from the inland cities and other places in that high land, this area is unique with an allure all of its own.


History of Lhasa

Lhasa is an ancient city with a history of over 1300 year. It was also called 'Luosha' or 'Luoxie' before. It is said that Lhasa once was an area of low-lying marsh when Princess Wencheng married Songtsen Gampo. In order to fill in the earth, Princess Wencheng used sheep to deliver dirt to this place. The city was named as Lhasa in 9 century.  It used to be the political, economic, cultural and religious developments of Tibetan Empire. And the Potala Palace, Jakhang Monastery and other architectures were built one by one, which formed Lhasa.

More Read: Lhasa History & Culture


What to see in Lhasa?

In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the center of Tibet's politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region... More : Lhasa Attractions


        Potala Palace            Norbulingka            Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery Ganden MonasteryJohkang Monastery
        Sera Monastery             Ganden Monastery           Johkang Monastery
 Bakhor StreetTibet Museum A’ni Cang Gu Nunnery
       Bakhor Street             Tibet Museum            A’ni Cang Gu Nunnery


When to visit Lhasa?

Generally the period from March to October is the best time to pay a visit. Since the city is located at such a high altitude it is wise to be prepared before starting your journey. Generally speaking, due to the large temperature differences during any given day, warm clothes should be taken to keep away the cold. However, because it also receives a great deal of sunshine, sunglasses, suntan oil, and a sun hat are indispensable items if you're going anywhere in the area... More Read: Lhasa Cliamte & Weather


How to get to Lhasa?

There are three options to reach this mysterious high land, by plane, by road and by train.
1. Taking plane is comfortable and time saving , but offers little time for you to acclimatise to the altitude; this may cause sickness. Lhasa Gonggar Airport, about 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) south of downtown area, has 40 more flights to/from major domestic cities including Beijing, Chamdo, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dazhou, Diqing, Fuzhou, Golmud, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Kangding, Kunming, Lanzhou etc.
2. Taking the bus along one of five highways that have been opened-up for visitors' use. This will take longer but will enable you to see the amazing scenery en route. Furthermore, taking extra time allows for a more gradual acclimatization to the altitude.
3. Taking the train, is a fabulous new option, giving the opportunity to see hitherto unseen mountain scenery. With the operation of Tibet Railway from July 1st, 2006, more and more visitors have swarmed into the land via train.

More Read: Lhasa Transportation


Lhasa Travel Tips

Local Highlights: It is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its  high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) which  means remoteness and limited accessibility, but also because of its over 1,000 years' cultural and spiritual history which leaves an impressive heritage that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion.

Notice : One word of warning: although there is a gradually increasing tourism industry here, it is a city with many difficulties yet to be overcome due to its unique location and geography. Please bear in mind that a visit to this area is more challenging than in any other part of China. Despite this more and more people from every corner of the world are being attracted towards this vibrant city with its mysterious culture. Its unique scenery, long history, exotic culture, mystical religion and spectacular monuments will ensure your stay is unforgettable.

Useful Number
Airport Inquiry: 6833446

Internet Cafe

Dozens of internet cafes can be found in Lhasa. The internet cafes in Makye Ame Restaurant and Barkhor Cafe are the most popular ones. Generally speaking it costs RMB 2.5 per hour.

Money
Since foreign exchange service is not offered in the more remote areas of Tibet, you are advised to get prepared with money in Lhasa. The Bank of China Tibet branch provides cash advances and cheque exchange services. Its location is No.28 Lingkhor Xi Lu, Lhasa. The opening hours are from 9:30 to 18:00, Monday to Friday; and 11:00 to 15:00, Saturday and Sunday.

Post Office
The biggest post office in Lhasa is located on the West Beijing Road, at the east side of the Potala Palace. The office not only offers full postal services but also sells various kinds of postcards. The opening hours are from 9:00 to 18:00.

Travel Permit
A visa and Tibet Travel Permit are essential.

A word of warning before your visit: your Tibet Travel Permit is only issued via Chinese Tour Operators. To facilitate the complicated application process, you are advised to work with a Chinese travel agency. A service fee of RMB 200 is usually required.

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