At present, traveling to Lhasa is easier than the past because of the mutiple means of transportation. Because of the lower altitude, Lhasa is also the best stop station to adapt to the high altitude. As the first tourist destination for most domestic and international travelers, Lhasa is the holiest center for Tibetan Buddhist believers. Lhasa is surrounded by lost of famous scenic spots. With thousands of years’ history, Lhasa is the ideal city for you to explore both natural scenery and traditional Tibetan culture. Here are some famous tourist attractions which are worthy of being recommended to you, such as the landmark of Lhasa city - Potala Palace, Tibetan shopping center - Barkhor Street, a holy site for Buddhists - Jokhang Temple, etc.

If you are interested in Tibetan culture, you have no reason to miss the hot Buddhism debate in Sera Monastery, witness the grand Shoton Festival in Drepung Monastery, do kora in the front of Jokhang Temple, and so on.

Besides those attractions mentioned before, Ganden Monastery - the 1st and primary monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism as well as one of the Great Three Holy Monasteries of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa - the holiest meditation caves, Ramoche Temple - the second most important temple in Lhasa, and Norbulingka - a palace and surrounding park are also your priority destinations.

far view of Potala Palace.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

In possession of rich cultural heritage, Potala Palace is a must-see place of your Tibet trip.

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Three Tibetan women at the gate of Jokhang Temple.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple, also known as Jokhang Monastery, is considered as the spiritual heart of the city and the most sacred monastery in Tibet.

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One of the top three Monasteries in Tibet - Ganden Monastery.

Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, China.

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Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics.

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.

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Tibetan traditional handicrafts can be found in Barkhor Street, such are prayer wheels, Buddhist statues, carpets, and thangkas.

Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street

Located in the old city of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is famous for its pilgrim circuit and lively market.

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Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.

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As the summer palace of Dala Lama, Norbulingka means precious garden in Tibetan language.

Norbulingka

Norbulingka

In addition to the majestic and mysterious Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Tashilhunpo Monastery, there is also the unique Norbulingka on the snowy plateau.

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Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple is located about 500 meters north of Barkhor street in the chengguan district of Lhasa, it is the sister temple of the Jokhang temple, constructed around the same time but in Chinese style.

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Drolma Lhakhang Monastery

Drolma Lhakhang Monastery

Drolma Lhakhang Monastery

The significant though small Drolma Lhakhang Monastery is jam-packed with ancient relics and hidden treasures.

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Reting Monastery has a history of more than 900 years.

Reting Monastery

Reting Monastery

Reting Monastery is located in Tanggu township, Linzhou county, 240 kilometers north of Lhasa.

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Learn to do Tibetan incense - artwork.

Tibetan Incense Workshop

Tibetan Incense Workshop

Nyemo is a county in the west of Lhasa, lies on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the northern part of the Brahmaputra.

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Tsurphu Monastery is about 65 km west of Lhasa.

Tsurphu Monastery

Tsurphu Monastery

Tsurphu Monastery is a gompa which serves as the traditional seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Nalendra Monastery

Nalendra Monastery

Nalendra Monastery

As the main monastery for Cha Sect (a sect belongs to Saga Sect), Nalendra Monastery is located in the northeast of Lhasa, where is named Phenyul Valley.

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The appearance of Tibet museum.

Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum, in the west of town just opposite Norbulingka, is worth a visit if you are interested in Tibetan cultural and history and art.

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Dorje Drak Monastery was one of the Six "Mother" Nyingma Monasteries in Tibet.

Dorje Drak Monastery

Dorje Drak Monastery

Along with Mindroling Monastery, Dorje Drak Monastery is 1 of the 2 most important Nyingmapa monasteries.

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Gyama Valley

Gyama Valley

Gyama Valley

Gyama Valley(甲玛乡), 60km east of Lhasa, is famed as the birthplace of Tibet’s greatest king, Songtsen Gampo, who lived here until he became king at the age of 15.

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The life of nuns in Tidrum Nunnery is simple and unadorned.

Tidrum Nunnery

Tidrum Nunnery

Around 3hr-walk or 1hr-drive from the main valley, northwest of Drigung Til Monastery and a 13km up a side valley is Tidrum Nunnery(德仲寺).

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Have close contact with the locals and then you will find they are very kind and hospitable.

Lhasa Old Town

Lhasa Old Town

Lhasa Old Town shelters the soul of Lhasa.

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Buddha in Drigung Til Monastery.

Drigung Til Monastery

Drigung Til Monastery

First established in 1167, Drigung Til Monastery(直贡梯寺) is the head monastery of the Drigongpa school of the Kagyupa order and the most famous sky burial site in central Tibet.

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Shugshep Nunnery

Shugshep Nunnery

Shugshep Nunnery

Trekkers and anyone who likes to get well off the beaten track will enjoy this excursion to Tibet's largest nunnery, Shugsheb Nunnery.

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Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.

Drak Yerpa

Drak Yerpa

Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks.

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Talung Monastery

Talung Monastery

Talung Monastery

Talung Monastery(达隆寺) is lying in the green fields of the Pak-chu Valley, the sprawling monastic complex of Talung Monastery is around 120km north of Lhasa by road.

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Beijing-Lhasa-Chengdu-Emei-Chengdu

This great tour will take you to the three mighty provinces of China - Beijing, the heart of China; Tibet, the roof of the world; Sichuan, the land of abundance. You can visit all the must-see attractions of them by joining this 14-day private tour.

Xi'an - Lhasa

Xi'an to Lhasa tour is an amazing journey for tourists to explore the different culture in China. Tourists can not only explore the ancient Chinese civilization but also enjoy the various religious culture and breathtaking natural scenery.

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