Lhasa | 拉萨

Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, and more…

This Tibetan City will overwhelm you with its extraordinary sights. And it’s not only the altitude (3,650 m) that will take your breath away. The magnificent Potala Palace that was the seat of the Dalai Lamas, presides over the city. Built in 1645 at the top of a hill of Mengpoli, this great palace contains 999 rooms, and includes more than 10,000 shrines and 200,000 religious statues. The old part of Lhasa revolves around the Jorkhang Temple and the quaint Bakhor market that surrounds it. The Jorkhang, built in the 7thcentury, is the holiest Buddhist shrine in Tibet and houses the Jowo Sakyamuni which was brought to Tibet by Nepal prince during the holy marriage with the great Tibet King of Songtsam Ganpo. Right next to the old city core. It lies on the Lhasa River’s north bank in a valley of the Himalaya Mountains, is also a modern capital of concrete high-rises, fancy department stores and wide boulevards.

Nowadays, the newly built 1st ring road has made the traffic much better, the high-way to Nyingtri has been completed that shorten the journey from previous one day drive to 4 or 5 hours drive only; The train to Shigartse has made the connection with this 2nd largest city of Tibet much easier and keep your travel costs low

Lhasa Location

How to get to Lhasa

The transportation to Lhasa has been incredibly improved in the last decade; the plane are over 30 flights arriving and departuring from Lhasa; The train is now over 6 trains to arrive and leave Lhasa in a day; buses are like a river that flows in almost constantly;

Lhasa Gonggar Airpor Facts

Address: Jia Zu Lin Town, Gongga Xian
IATA Code: LXA
Altitude: 3,600 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 891 6216465 / 6827727(airport bus)

Lhasa Bus Station Facts

Address: No.1, Jinzhu Middle Rd,
Contact: +86 891 682 4469
Altitude: 3,650 meters above sea level
Working hours: 06:00 am – 19:00 pm

Lhasa Railway Station Facts

Address: Doilungdeqen, Lhasa, China
Contact: +86 891 12306 / 891 95105105 (booking)
Altitude: 3,650 meters above sea level
Working hours: 06:00 am – 22:00 pm

Recommended Sights in Lhasa


Recommended hotels in Lhasa

Shangri-La Hotel (5*)

Add: No. 19, Luo bu Lin Ka Road
Contact: +86 891 6558888
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted


St. Regis Resort (5*)

Add: No. 22, Jiang Su Road
Contact: +86 891 6808888
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted


Four Point By Sheraton (4*)

Add: No. 10 Bo Lin Ka Road
Contact: +86 891 6348888
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Kaiyuan Lhasa Hotel(4*)

Add: No. 1, Min Zu Middle Road
Contact: +86 891 6832221
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Gang Jian Hotel(4*)

Add: No. 83, Beijing East Road
Contact: +86 891 6305555
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

De Kang Hotel (3*)

Add: No. 2, Shen Tai Road
Contact: +86 891 6308855/6307555
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Gorkha Hotel (3*)

Add: No. 47 Linkuo South Road
Contact: +86 891 6347000
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Tashi Nota hotel(3*)

Add: No. 24 LinKuo North Road
Contact: +86 891 6800008
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

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