Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is a holy city on the snowy plateau. It is the world famous city of sunlight. Many people who travel to Tibet will choose to stay in Lhasa for a day or two to enjoy the unique flavor of the plateau holy city. In a day or two, you can find a local tea-house for sweet tea, walk around the Barkhor Street, feel the sanctity of the Potala Palace, look over the Lhasa River, and join hands with pious Tibetan people to dance. If you visit Tibet, you can’t miss Lhasa.
Lhasa is also known as the holy land of Tibetan Buddhist, with many well-preserved Buddhist buildings. After a thousand years of vicissitudes, the city of Lhasa has been endowed with a strong religious flavor. If you go to Lhasa, you can see the pious pilgrims everywhere. Nowadays, many Buddhist buildings in Lhasa become famous attractions in Tibet.
Few of the Tourist Attractions in Lhasa
The Potala Palace is a very famous attraction in Lhasa and even Tibet, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. The highest and most magnificent palace in the world is the most splendid symbol of Tibetan culture. In the more than 1,300 years from Songtsan Gambo to the 14th Dalai Lama, 9 Tibetan Kings and 10 Dalai Lamas have governed and taught here. The Potala Palace is open to visitors from 9:00 to 16:00 every day except holidays and major events.
The Barkhor Street is an old block with a strong flavor of Tibetan life. It is also the place with the largest daily passenger flow in Lhasa. There are numerous shops in Barkhor Street, more than a thousand floating stalls, and almost all the houses facing the street are shops, which deal in all kinds of daily necessities, such as prayer wheels, Tibetan robes, Tibetan knives, vivid and crude religious instruments of various styles, and other daily necessities. The traveling goods of various nationalities are concentrated in Barkhor Street with a length of only more than 1000 meters, which can be said to be of high quality and low price.
The Chakpori is an altitude of 3725 meters. There is a path to the peak of Chakpori. It is a good place to take photos of the Potala Palace, especially halfway up the mountain. In the early morning of the travel season, photographers and enthusiasts often gather on Chakpori to wait for the first ray of light to illuminate the Potala Palace. Behind Chakpori is the famous wall of ten thousand Buddhas in Lhasa.
Norbulingka is commonly known as the Summer Palace in Lhasa, which means “baby park” in Tibetan and is the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Whenever summer comes, the Dalai Lama moves from the Potala Palace to work in Norbulingka. It is the largest man-made garden in Tibet with the best scenery and the largest number of historical sites.
Jokhang Temple is located in the center of Lhasa city. Built in the middle of the 7th century, it is the earliest wooden structure in Tibet and one of the most brilliant buildings in Tibet during the Tubo period. The Jokhang Temple is grand, solemn and gorgeous, surrounded by people who turn the scriptures every day. The Jokhang Temple has always been the center of major Buddhist activities in Tibet. It is also known as the “eye of Tibet”.
There are many attractions in Lhasa that have not been mentioned. If you have a chance to have a Lhasa Tour, you will surely have a deep memory.