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Top 9 things you must do in Lhasa during Tibet tour

As one of the famous holy city at the roof of the world, Lhasa has ranked to the top tourist destinations in the world. Pilgrims, backpackers and tourists warm into the city each year. When touring Tibet, here are 9 things you must do in Lhasa.

Smie to Strangers during Tibet tour
1. Smile to strangers

You will meet numerous strangers of different colours from every colour of the world. Some of them are just like you, traveling to experience the mysterious Tibetan culture and life, and view the fabulous landscape of the Tibet Highland. Some might have spent several years there or even their whole lift there. 

 Jokhang Plaza

2. Sun in front of Jokhang Temple

Lhasa is known as "the City of Sunshine" for its sunshine of more than 3000 hours a year, while the Jokhang temple is the holiest temple in Lhasa. When sunning in the plaza in front of this temple, you will see many pilgrims prostrating in front of the Jokhang temple and might be moved by the view and the devoutness of these pilgrims.

 Holy lake and mountain in Tibet

3. Pick up a piece of stone from a holy lake or mount and bring it home. Do not pick up one Mani Stone

The mountains and lakes in Tibet are usually considered sacred. The most famous three holy lakes in Tibet are Namtso, Yamdrok and Manasarovar, while the most sacred mount is Kailash.
  

Presenting Hada

4. Present Hada

Hada is a piece of traditional ceremonial scarf used in Tibet. Presenting hada is the most common etiquette among the Tibetan people to show purity, honesty, sincerity and respect to others.

Tibet song

5. Listen to Tibetan Songs

Tibetan songs are beautiful and intoxicating and express good wishes.

Butter Tea

6. Enjoy a cup of butter tea

Drinking butter tea is a regular part of Tibetan life. Before work, a Tibetan will typically down several bowlfuls of this beverage, and it is always served to guests. There are many teahouse or restaurants in Lhasa offering authentic and delicious butter tea.

Blue Sky Tibet
7. Meditate while staring at white cloud and blue sky

The blue sky with white cloud is extremely beautiful and charming. 

 Prostrating Tibet pilgrim

8. Prostrate with Tibetan pilgrims
 
 

Inside and outside famous monasteries such as the Jokhang are crowds of worshipers either prostrating in prayer, turning their prayer wheels or bowing to Buddhist statues. Just do it with them and forget the world for a while.

stra flag

9. Say TASHI DELEK to someone with gratitude

Tashi Delek is a common Tibetan greeting meaning hello, good luck or goodbye. Tashi means auspicious and Delek (or Deleg, Deleh) means fine or well. 
  

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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