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History of Lhasa

A sketchy record of the ancient history of Tibet exists from around the 1st century, and relies mainly on oral history. It was during the Tubo Kingdom that historians began to make written records. According to legend, the Tibet Plateau was dotted with various tribal clans, known as the "12 small states'' or ...Read more>>

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Lhasa Transport - Introduction HOT

Lhasa is the transportation hub of Tibet. Because of the geographical remoteness of the region, access to Lhasa used to be difficult, and was limited to infrequent air services and arduous road trips. Nowadays, travelers have more options to choose from. ...... Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 17.891 billion (2010) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 16,567 (2010) • Economic Growth Rate: 13% (2010) • Resident Population: 0.559 million (2010) • Unemployment Rate: 3% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 99.76% (2010) ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

The Prefecture of Lhasa covers an area of nearly 30,000 square km, and the downtown area is 60 square km. The 2010 population of the Prefecture was 0.559 million. Of the resident population, males are 0.287 million, accounting for 51.38% and females are 0.272 million, accounting for 48.62%. The Tibetan ethnic group makes up 87 percent of the ... ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Located in the southern region of the Tibetan Plateau in western China, Lhasa sits in a small basin surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). The city is located on the North bank of the Kyichu River (Lhasa River), which is a sub-branch of the Yarlung Tsangpu River (known in India as the Brahmaputra). Blessed with ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Bus HOT

There are tens of bus routes operating in Lhasa which usually cost 1 RMB per trip and depart every 10-20 minutes. Buses starting with the number ‘3’ cost 2 RMB however and can be hailed down at various segments along the road. Bus numbers 1 and 2 drive past Norbulingka Palace, routes 301 and 302 take you to the Drepung Monastery and ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Nightlife HOT

Though Lhasa is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, the bar scene lacks the nightclubs and party-all-night joints that are becoming de rigueur for the bar scenes in other cities popular with young travelers. The nightlife in Lhasa is ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Entertainment Overview HOT

Even though the tourist industry has boosted Lhasa's economy in recent years, compared with other cities of China, the entertainment in Lhasa seems more low-key and simple. But the nightlife scene is changing every day as more and more tourists put Lhasa on ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Shopping Areas HOT

Barkhor Street 八廓街 Barkhor Street is the most famous commercial center in Lhasa. Over 120 handicraft and artwork shops and 200 or so market stalls can be found in the Barkhor area. It is a mecca for souvenir shopping in Lhasa, attracting domestic and ...... Read More>>

Things to buy in Lhasa HOT

Tibetan Thangka 唐卡 Tibetan masks 面具 Tibetan metalwork 藏银饰品 Dzi bead (Tianzhu) 天珠 Tibetan carpets 藏毯 Tibetan knives 藏刀 Tibetan medicine 藏药 Tibetan Thangka 唐卡 Thangkas are typical Tibetan wall scrolls that usually depict strong religious or ...... Read More>>

Brief Intro to Lhasa Shopping HOT

People visiting Lhasa have the opportunity to buy distinctive local products that are unique to Lhasa and the Tibetan Region. Tibetan thangkas, silver ornaments, yak wool products, dzi beads and Tibetan medicine are some of the most interesting and ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Food Streets HOT

Tianhai Night Market 天海夜市 The most famous night market in Lhasa, where one can buy a variety of different snacks, from Shandong dumplings to Lanzhou noodles. Also, there are a number of restaurants selling Tibetan food in the area, so it is definitely ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Snacks HOT

Thenthuk (Tibetan noodles) 藏式面条 Milk Scrap Snacks 奶渣点心 Momos (Renshenguo Naizha Gao)人参果奶渣糕 Tibetan Su Lao Gao 藏族酥酪糕 Pa Za Ma Guo 帕扎玛果 Tashi Porridge 它西粥 Thenthuk (Tibetan noodles) 藏式面条 A typical Tibetan noodle soup that keeps ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Local Food HOT

Tsampa 糌粑 Qingke Wine 青稞酒 Yak Butter (Suyou) 酥油 Yak Butter tea (Suyou Cha) 酥油茶 Milk products 奶制品 Dried beef and mutton 风干牛羊肉 Blood sausage 羊血肠 Tsampa 糌粑 Tsampa is a very typical staple eaten in Tibet, and is usually prepared in two ...... Read More>>

Brief Intro to Lhasa Dining HOT

Food and drink in Tibet are very much related to the climate, local products, religion and folk customs. Local cuisine favorites include tsampa (a staple made from barley flour), which has fed countless generations of Tibetans in the challenging climate of ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Travel Tips HOT

Lhasa, also known as “the roof of the world” is an extraordinary but hard-to-reach place with breathtaking views, ancient temples, Buddhist culture, hospitable locals and so much more. That’s why it’s all the more rewarding when you ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Attractions HOT

There are few cities in the world so clearly shaped by the religion of its people as Lhasa. For that reason, the sightseer's itinerary has a strong focus on Lhasa'a magnificent temples, monasteries and other religious sites. ... Read More>>

Rough Guide to Lhasa Travel HOT

Situated in the valley of the Kyichu (or Lhasa) River, Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region and has long been the center of politics, economy, culture and religion in Tibet. For centuries, the city has held a unique place in the imagination ...... Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Airport HOT

To get to Lhasa, most foreign travelers choose air transport. There are direct flights between Lhasa and Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi'an, Xining, Guangzhou, Chamdo, Kunming and Kathmandu. As tourism to Tibet picks up, new flights are opening all the time. Chengdu, with 20 flights a week, offers a convenient route, as it is a ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Coach HOT

There are five main highways in Tibet. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway stretches east to link Lhasa with Chengdu; the Yunnan-Tibet Highway also goes east, following the same route as the Sichuan Highway as far as Markam, then heading southeast into northern Yunnan; the Qinghai-Tibet Highway provides northerly road access to Xining, the Qinghai ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Train HOT

The Lhasa railway station is ten minutes by taxi from the center of Lhasa. It is the largest station along the newly built Qinghai-Tibet railway in western China. The trains from Lhasa Railway Station connect Lhasa with Beijing (42.5 hrs), Shanghai (48 hrs), Guangzhou (55 hrs), Chongqing (44.5 hrs), Chengdu (43.5 hrs), Xining (22.5 hrs) and ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Taxis HOT

Taxis in Lhasa charge according to a metering system. The flag-fall price is 10 RMB for the first 5 km, and 2 RMB is added for every additional kilometer. Fares rarely cost more than 10 RMB within the city however, due to its small size. However, trips to attractions in further away suburbs such as the Drepung Monastery or Sera Monastery will ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Car Rental HOT

Outside Lhasa, roads can be rough and a rented 4-wheel drive is a good (and sometimes the only) way to get around. One popular route is from Lhasa to the Nepalese border, via Yamdrok-tso, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Everest Base Camp and Tingri. The trip to Mt Kailash and Namtso is another journey where a 4-wheel drive is the best choice. It is a ... ...Read More>>

Lhasa Transport - Others HOT

Pedicabs Pedicabs, while slower than minibuses, are a popular transport option on Lhasa streets. They can carry two people and cost between 4 and 7 RMB. The fare should be settled beforehand to avoid misunderstanding. Bicycle If you are not too pressed for time, traveling by bike is another pleasurable way to get around the city. Remember, ... ...Read More>>

Useful Numbers HOT

China Country Code Number: 0086 Lhasa City Code Number: 0891 Emergency & Most Commonly Used • Local Directory Assistance: 114 • Fire: 119 • Police: 110 • Emergency Call: 120 • Traffic: 122 • Telephone Information: 168 • Time Inquiry: 12117 • China Telecom: 10000 • China Mobile: 10086 • China ... ...Read More>>

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