When one travels to China, one has the opportunity to visit some of its oldest cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, which effectively have cradled and nurtured the Chinese civilization. But there is another important city in the country which has nurtured the religion, the followers of which are spread across the globe. Lhasa City is the administrative capital of Tibet and it is taking shape as one of the most modern cities today. Despite its height and recent development, Lhasa has been a popular destination for tourists and Buddhist followers alike.
Lhasa is the cultural core of Tibet. Potala Palace and Jokhang temple are the spiritual entities.Pilgrims spend their entire lives trying to reach this end point, and people who live here believe that there is a god three feet up.Temples are the densest scenery in Lhasa. When you go outside the city, the temples hanging on the cliffs or hidden in the valleys are also the best scenery in themselves.If you spend more time in Lhasa, you will find that it is also open and inclusive.Taste the fireworks in the sweet tea house.Whether Lhasa is the "ideal country" or not, you will know the answer after you leave.
Tourism Map of Lhasa
Most Popular Places to Visit in Lhasa City
1. The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is like a pearl in this snowy Tibetan Buddhism holy land. It is a magnificent plateau temple with architectural art, treasures of the legend and played an extensive and profound influence on Tibetan culture.The Potala Palace is no longer a mere palace, but a symbol of the embodiment of faith.Many believers believe that to worship the Potala palace, can change the future.
2. Jokhang Monastery and Norbulingka
This is a temple older than Lhasa. Jokhang temple has a supreme position in Tibetan Buddhism.Unlike other temples, which belong to different sects, Jokhang temple is a sacred site for all Tibetan Buddhists. Combining Tibetan, tang, Nepalese and Indian styles, it has stood as a model of Tibetan religious architecture for more than 1,300 years.
"There is probably no second street in the world. Like barkhor street, it is full of businessmen and merchants who carry their faith, accept thousands of believers and welcome tourists from all over the world.“
Other Destinations You Don't Want to Miss Around Lhasa
"Three Great Monasteries in Lhasa"
I. Gandan Monastery
II. Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery is located in the north suburb of Lhasa ,at the foot of salaouzi mountain. It is one of the three major temples in Lhasa and the second largest Monastery in Tibetan area.The Monastery is built in typical Tibetan style. A lot of Buddha statues precious art treasures such as scriptures, exquisite thangkas, barbolas and mural paintings.
III. Drepung Monastery
Drepung, literally means "rice pile" in Tibetan language, was once the power center of Tibet. It is the largest monastery in Tibet and has a very high position in Gelug. Every year in Shotun Festiveal, big ceremony will be held to attract enormous believers to come.
"Two Lakes and One Mountain"
I. Namtso Lake
In Tibetan legend Namtso was a goddess who was in charge of the wealth of the northern Tibetan grasslands. But its scenery can not matched by any treasure made by human. Distant majestic white snow peaks are like unreal. When this pure land come to sleep, the star sky above Namtso is the heaven for photographers.
II. Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok lake is 4,441 meters above sea level and covers an area of 648 square kilometers.The Yamdrok lake is like a blue hada（white silk）hovering between heaven and earth.Clear lake water, towering snow mountains and white clouds form into one, a cool world, pure jade, free from vulgarity.
III. Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain
Coming to this Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain you can enjoy the majestic peaks of the region, and you can also see the charming scenery of the mountains here, where you can completely relax and feel the call of nature.