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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Listen to Tibetan Songs
Tibetan songs are beautiful and intoxicating and express good wishes.
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.
7. Meditate while staring at white cloud and blue sky
The blue sky with white cloud is extremely beautiful and charming.
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.
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.