General Introduction to Lhasa

Lhasa CityLhasa is the capital city of Tibet , which is located in the southwest of China and the North bank of the Kyichu River. Lhasa has an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). Lhasa is famous for its dream like scernery and spiritual history and culture. It is called the holy land or Buddha land. The romantic and mysterious Tibetan Religion has attracted more and more tourists coming to visit this holy city from home and abroad.

Covering an area of 30,000 square kilometers , Lhasa is home to a population of 00,000. 7 percent of the population are Tibetans. They speak tibetan language. The best time to visit Tibet is from March to October. Temperatures are different greatly from the morning to the evening. You'd better take warm and thick clothes to avoid the cold in Tibet.



Lhasa Weather and Climate

Lhasa features a cold steppe climate (Koppen Bsk). Due to its very high altitude, Lhasa has a cool, dry climate with frosty winters. It enjoys nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight annually and is thus sometimes called the "sunlit city" by Tibetans. Lhasa has an annual precipitation of 426 millimetres (16.8 in) with rain falling mainly in July, August and September. The rainy season is widely regarded the "best" of the year as rains come mostly at night and Lhasa is sunny during the daytime. Temperature; Daily average (January) −0.9 °C (30.4 °F); (June and July) 16.5 °C (61.7 °F)

Top Ten Attactions in Lhasa

Lhasa is a holy city for Tibetan buddha and Tibetan Religion. There are much to see in this mysterious city. Famous attractions in Lhasa are Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and other religious temple and Monastery.


Potala Palace Potala Palace

Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Jokhang TempleJokhang Temple

Sera MonasterySera Monastery


Chakpori Hill  Chakpori Hill the Yellow River

Drepung MonasteryDrepung Monastery

Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery

Lhasa Carpet FactoryLhasa Carpet Factory



Lhasa Public Transport

Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet. It is also a popular tourist destination in China. You can travel tibet by plane or trains. The new Lhasa Railway which proceeds north and then east to Xining, some 2000 km, is the highest plateau railway in the world. Journalists report that the opening of the railway in July 2006 has brought with it an increasing demand for property which has pushed prices up.


Lhasa Public Transport By Air

Lhasa Public Transport By Trains

Lhasa Public Transport By Bus

Lhasa Public Transport By Taxi

Lhasa Public Transport By Bike

Lhasa Public Transport By Motorbike



Top Ten Hotels in Lhasa

Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet. It is the political and cultural center of Tibet. You can easily find a nice hotel or restaurants in Lhasa city. Here are the hotels recommended by Trip advisor:


Sheraton Lhasa Sheraton Lhasa

Brahmaputra-Grand-Hotel Brahmaputra Grand Hotel

Kyichu HotelKyichu Hotel

Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel

Thangka Hotel  Thangka Hotel

 House of Shambhala  House of Shambhala

Dhood Gu Hotel  Dhood Gu Hotel

Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel

 Tibet HotelTibet Hotel

Shang Bala Hotel Shang Bala Hotel


Famous Food in Lhasa

Lhasa is the economic center of Tibet. Food in Lhasa is a typical in Tibet. Restaurants in Lhasa serve the best food and accommodation in Tibet. The food includes Tibetan cuisine, Sichuan cuisine and western style dishes. Some hotel restaurants even provide Nepalese and Indian food. It's worth noting that Sichuan dishes in Tibet are more expensive than in other parts of China. Tourist restaurants also serve delicacies and almost every hotel has western food. Most of the restaurants can be found clustered around the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the center of Lhasa City, so that travelers can find places to eat and drink within easy reach.


 Lhasa foodAir drying beef

 Lhasa Food  Beef and mutton

Lhasa Food  Qingke wine

Lhasa Food Mashed yak meat

Lhasa Food  Tsampa

Lhasa Food weto chicken

Lhasa Food   fried mutton chops


Top Ten Restaurants in Lhasa

There are many restaurants in Lhasa, which offers a great variety of dishes which include Tibetan diet, Sichuan cuisine, northwest wheaten food. Here is a selection of the recommended.


Lhasa Restaurant Crazy Yak Saloon

Lhasa Restaurant Ethnic Restaurant

 Lhasa Restaurant  Snow-Deity Palace

 Lhasa Restaurant  Snowland Restaurant

Lhasa Restaurant Tashi Restaurant

Lhasa Restaurant Aloo Gang

Lhasa Restaurant Barkhor Cafe

Lhasa Restaurant Beimei Fast Food

Lhasa Restaurant Curried Potato Restaurant

Lhasa Restaurant Hard Yak Cafe



Things to Do in Lhasa

Even though the tourist industry has boosted Lhasa's economy in recent years, compared with other cities of China, the entertainment in Lhasa seems more low-key and simple. To tourists and travelers in Lhasa, nightlife activities are often limited to watching a Tibetan singing and dancing show, taste snacks around the night market, or find a decent pub or bar for a drink with friends. Here are some recommended places for nightlife.

Things to Do in Lhasa Tianhai Night Market

  Things to Do in LhasaLangma opera

Lhasa pubs and bars Mayke Ame

Lhasa nightlifeBankhor Street

Lhasa barsDunya Restaurant

Lhasa barsBar on the east side of Yak Hotel

Lhasa barsTravelers Bar

Lhasa barsMusic Kitchen

Lhasa barsBarkhor Cafe

Lhasa barsGanglamdo




Lhasa Shopping

There are many things you can buy in Tibet and Lhasa, such as Thanka. Thangka is a kind of scroll painting using complicated lines, bright colors and is rich with religious flavors. Most of the Thangka focuses on the motifs of Tibetan Buddhism. It is often made either by painting, embroidery or sometimes sewn with pearls. The pearl Thangka is the most desirable of all. Tibetan Thangka is valued for its precision, balance and variety.

Lhasa shoppingThangka

What to buy in LhasaTibetan costumes

Lhasa shoppingTibetan medicine

Lhasa shopping saffron

Lhasa shopping Tibetan knife


Lhasa shopping Necklace




Lhasa Travel Tips

1.Lhasa is a holy city for Tibetan Buddha and Tibetan Religion.

2.The best time to visit Tibet is from March to October.

3. Take warm and thick clothes with you when you travel to Tibet. The temperature is greatly different from the morning to the evening.

4. Tourists can not travel Tibet privatly but in a group organized by Chinese travel agency.