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Lhasa Tourist Attractions

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, is a unique and spiritual city on a snow plateau. Lhasa is also known as "the City of Sunlight" for it enjoys much more sunshine than most places in the world. As the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa boasts numerous well-preserved Buddhist constructions, most of which are mysterious palaces and monasteries. All the holy sites are well protected and carefully maintained by a devout population. Therefore, after a thousand years of vicissitudes, the ancient palaces, temples, relics and streets thick with religious history can still keep pace with the modern society.

Just to name a few of the tourist sights in Lhasa: the number one spot in Lhasa is the world famous Potala Palace which has attracted millions of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world; attractions around Potala are Jokhang Temple surrounded by the Barkhor shopping center, Chakpori Hill to the right of the Potala, Ramoche Temple and Norbulingka - the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Besides, the three main monasteries in Lhasa are also not to be missed. They are Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. If you get to Lhasa by air, you will see a simple but attractive temple north of the highway from the Gongkar Airport to Lhasa. A little east of the temple is a giant carved Buddha, Nietang Buddha. It is a little difficult to list all the Buddhist sites in Lhasa, but it is undeniable that all these sights in Lhasa will offer you further insights into the fascinating history, culture and life of the Tibetan people.

Except the cultural attractions, Lhasa is also proud of attractive natural scenery, like beautiful Lhasa River, the sacred Lake Namtso, the majestic Nyainqentanglha Mountain Range, the well-known Yangpachen hot springs and so on. In a word, no one has excuse of denying the attraction of Lhasa, and it is not strange that Lhasa is a dream place for so many travellers around the world.

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All Tourist Attractions in Lhasa

To help you plan a wonderful Lhasa trip, we, Tibet Vista team, have collected all the tourist sights in and around Lhasa with detailed information like best time to visit, ticket price, how to get there and useful travel tips, etc.

  • Potala Palace

    Information about Potala Palace in Lhasa, including history, location, facts, constructions, artworks as well as main buildings of Potala Palace in Tibet.

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  • Barkhor Street

    Barkhor street around the Jokhang Temple is the most famous pilgrim circuit in Lhasa as well as a shopping paradise popular among tourists.

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  • Jokhang Temple

    Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims.

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  • Namtso Lake

    Namtso Lake in Lhasa is one of the famous holy lakes in Tibet for Tibetan pilgrims.

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  • Drepung Monastery

    Drepung Monastery is known as the biggest monastery in the world and the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism.

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  • Sera Monastery

    Sera Monastery is one of three biggest monasteries in Lhasa. The Debating of Buddhist Doctrines in Sera Monastery is very interesting and vigorous.

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  • Ganden Monastery

    Ganden is the farthest from Lhasa among all the three university monasteries, Drepung, Sera and Ganden. It was traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power.

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  • Lalu Wetland National Nature Preserve

    Lalu Wetland Nature Reserve, aka the “lung of Lhasa”, is the only wetland inside a city.You may call it the “bird nest” in a real city. Humid climate and lush plants attract swarms of birds and animals.

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  • Drak Yerpa Monastery

    Yerpa, also called Brag Yer-pa, Drak Yerpa, Dagyeba, Dayerpa or Trayerpa, is about 16 km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu River.

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  • Drigung Til Monastery

    Drigung Til Monastery is famous for the sky burial site in central Tibet.

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  • Norbulingka

    Lhasa Summer Palace is the popular name of Norbulingka, which in Tibetan means Treasure Park. Among artificial gardens, Norbulingka is the biggest, the best scenic and the most historic one in Tibet.

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  • Ramoche Monastery

    Ramoche Monastery located in the northwest of Lhasa is not only a hot tourism resort but also an important cultural relic protection. Ramoche is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang which was completed about the same time.

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  • Tsurphu Monastery

    Tsurphu monastery was founded by the first Karmapa in 1189 and has been the traditional seat of the Activity of the Karmapas.

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  • Yangpachen Hot Spring

    Yangpachen is world-famous for its spectacular phenomenon of hot springs boiling on the cold plateau and the Yangpachen geothermal power plant built for the rich geothermal resources.

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  • Chakpori Hill

    A small stone temple is on the middle part of Chakpori Hill. Full view a panorama of the ancient city and its surrounding landscapes from Chakpori Hill.

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  • Lhasa River

    Lhasa River, also known as Kyichu River in Tibetan, originating from Nyainqentanglha Mountain on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is one of the five major tributaries of the Yarlung Zangbo as well as the Mother River of Tibetans.

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  • Yangpachen Monastery

    Yangpachen Monastery, historically the second seat of Shamarpas of Karma Kagyu from the time of the 4th Shamarpa (1453-1524) through the time of the 10th Shamarpa (1742-1792), was founded about 1540 by the 4th Shamarpa as the support for Kagyu teachings and symbol of everlasting.

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  • Tibet Museum

    Covering an area of 23,508 square meters and with an exhibition area of 10,451 square meters, the Tibet Museum is located in the southeast corner of Norbulingka Summer Palace. In order to achieve a quality service, safety and efficient administration, the museum has introduced some modern facilities.

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Recommended Lhasa Tour Itineraries

As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa forbidden city has come to the forefront of Tibet tour and travel. No matter what you keen on, like profound history and ancient architectures, Tibetan Buddhism and authentic culture, or natural landscape and wild animals, etc., you can always find out what you want. Check the top 4 highly recommended Lhasa tours that start from Potala Palace and beyond, such as Namtso Lake and Ganden Monastery.

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