Lhasa

 

Lhasa is located at 3650 meters (12 000 feet) above sea level on the northern slopes of the Himalayas.

It remains the political and cultural capital of Tibet, and the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, although it has changed in many ways in recent years.

The eastern part of the city, near the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor neighborhood, is the area within the city where Tibetan influence is still strong. It is common here to see traditionally dressed Tibetans engaged on a kora (a clockwise circumambulation or walk around a temple), often spinning prayer wheels.

Lhasa’s most famous landmark, the Potala Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
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New Century Hotel Lhasa Grand Wing

New Century Hotel Lhasa Grand Wing is 100 metres from Tibet Museum and Norbulingka, also known as Lhasa's Summer Palace. It offers a sauna room, beauty salon and 2 gourmet restaurants. Free wired internet access is provided in the rooms. Average score from 51 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$109 - $210

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Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa

Just 1 km from Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, Sheraton Lhasa offers air-conditioned rooms with a modern décor. It has a 24-hour front desk and a restaurant serving international cuisine. WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge. Average score from 33 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$58 - $287

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Shangri-La Lhasa Hotel

Only 700 metres from Norbulingka and Tibet Museum (Lhasa), the upscale 5-star Shangri-La Hotel offers guests comfy stay with guestrooms overlooking the majestic mountains, modern and well-equipped facilities like an oxygen lounge, a variety of... Average score from 82 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$87

 
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Jardin Secret Hotel

Located on the Jinzhu West Road of Lhasa by the Lasa river, Jardin Secret Hotel faces the Lhasa Railway Station and the Tibetan Museum. All guest rooms feature a 32-inch flat-screen TV. They are equipped with tea making facilities. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$48 - $131

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Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa

Centrally located in the old town of Lhasa, Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa is a short 1-minute walk from Bakuo Street. This Tibetan property features a rooftop restaurant with views of Potala Palace and the mountains. Free Wi-Fi is available at public areas. Average score from 102 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$32 - $27

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa

Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa

Centrally located in the old town of Lhasa, Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa is a short 1-minute walk from Bakuo Street. This Tibetan property features a rooftop restaurant with views of Potala Palace and the mountains. Free Wi-Fi is available at public areas. Average score from 102 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$32 - $27

 
$328.4
Lhasa Yimanyuan Hotel

Lhasa Yimanyuan Hotel

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, boasting a garden with greenery and flowers, Lhasa Yimanyuan Hotel offers accommodation with free parking. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas. Potala Palace is 2 km from Lhasa Yimanyuan Hotel. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$39

$398.4
Lhasa Jinzang Hotel

Lhasa Jinzang Hotel

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, Lhasa Jinzang Hotel offers accommodation in Lhasa. The property offers free WiFi and free access to on-site parking. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$43

$438.4
Lhasa Reziba Hotel

Lhasa Reziba Hotel

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, Lhasa Reziba Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Lhasa. The property is located only a 10-minute walk from Jokhang Temple .It features free WiFi in all areas. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$46

$468.4
Miramar Business Hotel

Miramar Business Hotel

Miramar Business Hotel is located in Lhasa, 2.7 km from Potala Palace and 5 km from Norbulingka. Here, free WiFi is covered in all area and guests can enjoy free off-site parking. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$26

$268.1
Starway Hotel Lhasa Beijingzhong Rd

Starway Hotel Lhasa Beijingzhong Rd

Accepting Mainland Chinese Citizens only, Starway Hotel Lhasa Beijingzhong Rd is set in Lhasa, 700 metres from Norbulingka. Rooms come with a TV. Starway Hotel Lhasa Beijingzhong Rd features free WiFi throughout the property. Potala Palace is 1. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$29

$298.1
Lhasa Play Inn

Lhasa Play Inn

Close to Lhasa River, Lhasa Play Inn offers airy guestrooms, access to free WiFi in all areas and accepts only Mainland Chinese citizens. Guests in need can take advantage of free parking serivce. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$29

$297.7
Xianzu Island Holiday Resort Hotel

Xianzu Island Holiday Resort Hotel

Xianzu Island Holiday Resort Hotel is an epitome of Tibet culture. It locates over the Xianzu Island and surrounded by the Lasa Lake and mountains. In front of hotel are a range of forest. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$33

$337.7
Tibet Tianshu Garden Hotel

Tibet Tianshu Garden Hotel

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, Tibet Tianshu Garden Hotel is a good choice for a stay in the fabled city. For your convenience, the hotel provides access to free WiFi in all areas and free parking. Potala Palace is 1. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$43

$437.7
Jardin Secret Hotel

Jardin Secret Hotel

Located on the Jinzhu West Road of Lhasa by the Lasa river, Jardin Secret Hotel faces the Lhasa Railway Station and the Tibetan Museum. All guest rooms feature a 32-inch flat-screen TV. They are equipped with tea making facilities. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$48 - $131

$487.7
Yanlai Guesthouse

Yanlai Guesthouse

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, Yanlai Guesthouse offers accommodation in Lhasa. The property is located a 10-minute walk from the Potala Palace. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The hotel is a 20-minute walk from Jokhang Temple. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$32

$327.5
JI Hotel Lhasa Railway Station

JI Hotel Lhasa Railway Station

JI Hotel Lhasa Railway Station is situated in Lhasa, 3.6 km from Norbulingka and 6 km from Potala Palace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 51 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$30

$307.4
Jingjiang Inn Lhasa Potala Palace

Jingjiang Inn Lhasa Potala Palace

Jingjiang Inn Lhasa Potala Palace is situated in Lhasa, 1.4 km from Potala Palace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms have a private bathroom. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$40

$407.4
Xuelong Zhuangyuan Hotel

Xuelong Zhuangyuan Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a bar, Xuelong Zhuangyuan Hotel offers comfy guestrooms and Lahsa Lake views. Free parking spaces are available around the site. A garden for relaxation is also featured. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$46

$467.4
Due West Int'l Youth Hostel

Due West Int'l Youth Hostel

Due West Int'l Youth Hostel is a 6-minute drive from Potala Palace. It offers a 160-square-metre public bar, musical instruments and board games. This hostel also comes with special capsule beds. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$41

 
$417.2
Trichang Labrang Hotel

Trichang Labrang Hotel

Trichang Labrang Hotel offers accommodation in Lhasa. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Trichang Labrang Hotel is 15-minute from the Potala Palace. Lhasa Railway Station can be reached in 27 minutes by car. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 6.1/10.

$33

$336.1
Xiaoqunti Hostel

Xiaoqunti Hostel

Located ideally in the bustling area, a 5-minute walk from Food Street, Xiaoqunti Hostel offers accommodation with parking. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas. Potala Palace is 1.4 km from Xiaoqunti Hostel. Norbulingka is 2.4 km away. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 6.1/10.

$39

$396.1

Highlights:

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Barkhor Street is in the center of the old section of Lhasa. It is one of the most important religious paths along which pilgrims walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels in their hands through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. Barkhor Square is a large plaza that was cleared in 1985, and has become a focus for occasional political protests.
Palaces and Chateaux

Potala Palace

A stronghold where the Potala is currently located probably existed as early as the 7th century CE, when King Songtsen Gyalpo built a fortress on it for his two foreign wives. The palace was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in three years, while the Thirteenth Dalai Lama extended and repaired it into what it is now. With over 1 000 rooms, the Potala contained the living quarters of the Dalai Lamas while they lived, and their sumptuous golden tombs when they died.

As the religious and political center of old Tibet and the winter residence of Dalai Lamas, the palace has witnessed the life of the Dalai Lamas and important political and religious activities in the past centuries. Potala Palace also houses a large number of rare cultural relics.
Temples

Jokhang Temple (Tsuglagkhang)

By far the most important in Lhasa, Jokhang was build in the 7th century AD to house statues of the Buddha. The temple has been enlarged many times over the centuries and now also houses statues of King Songtsan Gambo and his two famous foreign brides. However, the original statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha that Princess Wen Cheng brought from Chang’an over 1300 years ago is definitely its most sacred and famous possession, and is perhaps the most venerated religious artifact in all of Tibet. The temple, a splendid four-floor building facing west under a guilded rooftop, is on Barkhor Square in the center of the old section of Lhasa.
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