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Best time to visit Lhasa

The best time to visit Lhasa is in summer and autumn, especially from August to October. The warm and humid climate in these two seasons is unlike the dry and windy weather in winter and spring.

Travel to Lhasa in Summer and Autumn

Tourists who travel to Lhasa in summer and autumn can visit the Tibetan palaces and temples during the day like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery to feel the mysterious religious atmosphere. You can stay in Tibetan bar at night to experience the unique Tibetan style. Although these seasons are rainy seasons, but most of them happen late at night till the next early morning; hence, it does not affect your trip. If you are lucky to join the Lhasa Shoton Festival which happens in the Tibetan calendar July 1st( the Gregorian calendar August), you not only can enjoy the Tibetan opera joint performance, but also have the opportunity to visit the sun Buddha site in Drepung Monastery to look at the brilliant and spectacular scenes.

Recommended Sites

Potala Palace: Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, Potala Palace is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa. The awe-inspiring Potala Palace, perched high above much of Lhasa, is the landmark of the city. It consists of the White Palace and Red Palace. The White Palace, comprising halls, temples and courtyards, serves as the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace includes various chambers for worshipping Buddha and chambers housing the eight stupa that contain the remains of fifth through thirteenth Dalai Lama. All the stupas are covered with gold foil. The most magnificent stupa belongs to the fifth Dalai Lama. It is 14.85 meters tall and inlaid with pearl and jade. The palace also collected a large number of sculptures, murals, scripture and other valuable cultural relics.

Jokhang Temple: Located at the center of the old Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Built in 647 by Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. Visitors will be treated to the sight of various exotic and sacred sculptures. Jokhang Temple also houses many invaluable cultural relics. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival is held here. The temple was called the Tsulag Khang or 'House of Wisdom' but it is now known as the Jokhang which means the 'House of the Lord'. It has remained a key center of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries. For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace'.

Drepung Monastery: In Tibetan language, Drepung Monastery means monastery of collecting rice. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries, and indeed at its peak was the largest monastery of any religion in the world. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Chojey, a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelukpa School. It houses many cultural relics, which adron the monastery and make it more superb. Statues of Manjushri Bodhisattva, and Sitatapatra found on the first story of the Coqen Hall, rare sutras on the second story and Jamyang Qoigy's conch shell given by Tsong Khapa on the third one, all add to the wonder of the monastery. Exquisite statues of Tsong Khapa, Kwan-yin Bodhisttva, Manjushri Bodhisattva, Amitayus, and Jamyang Qoigyi in other sutra halls, as well as flowery murals on walls also fully present the wisdom of the Tibetan people.

Travel to Lhasa in Winter and Spring

Tourists who travel to Lhasa in winter and spring not only can enjoy the off-season discount tickets, but also can experience the Plateau Spa (in winter) and try to climb the snow-capped mountains (in spring). While enjoying your comfortable hot springs in winter, in addition to overlooking the snow-capped mountains, you can also have the chance to witness the beauty of the sky snow scene, which will give you indescribable romantic feeling. Spring is precisely the time of the exchange of typhoon season and rainy season in Lhasa, which is more suitable for mountaineering.

Recommended Sites

Yangpachen: Yangbajin is a town which is famous for the Yangpachen hot springs, which have been harnessed to produce much of the electricity for the capital Lhasa. It was said that long time ago, before the sky and the earth was separated, the whole world was in total darkness. People living at the foot of Mt. Nyainqentanglha were suffering. One day, a golden phoenix flied to the area, determined to create brightness by sacrificing itself. It threw one of its bright eyes onto the ground. A fairy caught the eye, and then a bright lamp arose in the air. Snow capped peaks of Mt. Nyainqentanglha appeared; grassland like huge carpet emerged; happiness came into Tibetan people. However, a greedy man near Yangpachen coveted the lamp. He took a witch man's idea to sharpen his hatred into an arrow to shoot the lamp. The lamp was broken then, the pieces of the lamp dropped onto the ground, turning into hot springs and burned the man to his end. People said that the hot springs were the fairy's tears.

Tibet Museum: Located at the southeast corner of Norbulingka, Lhasa, Tibet Museum is the first modern museum in Tibet. It covers an area of 53,959 square meters and has a floor space of 23,508 square meters including an exhibition area of 10,451 square meters. This museum demonstrates a magnificent traditional Tibetan architectural style and reflects a salient feature of modern architectural art. Outside the exhibition hall are green lawns and shadowy trees. Also there are a performance area for modern cultural and physical activities, a garden of local customs and folk culture and manor houses. In addition, it has a cultural gallery, handicraft shop and other service facilities. It is a good place for people to relax while visiting the exhibition.


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Some other Tips

1. Despite the amount of sunlight in Lhasa, there is a significant daily difference in temperature; so it is better to take some warm clothes to protect you away from the sudden low temperature.
2. To protect yourself from the strong ultraviolet rays in summer, please bring your sunglasses, sunblock and daily medicines.

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