- Last Updated: 2018-09-18
April is considered a particular month to Tibetan tourism. Generally speaking, the tourism of Tibet begins from April as Tibet is temporarily inaccessible from February to March owing to the celebration to Tibetan New Year Festival. Moreover, April also stands for the approach of spring. The weather is getting warm, and snow begins to melt into streams. The lives in Tibet start to grow vibrantly. Therefore, it is believed that April is one of a great time to have a wonderful Tibet tour.
The Climate of Tibet in April
Although Tibet starts to warm up in April, the temperature is still not as high as Summer’s. The average lowest temperature is 2 °C while the medial highest temperature reaches 16 °C. The sunny, windy and dry climates often occur during this month, and in the nighttime, a little bit coldness remains like the winter’s tail left in Tibet. About the precipitation, there are around 5 rainy days a month with the 5mm rainfall. The sunlight is strong in Tibet’s April, which is usually 8 hours a day.
As we all can see that the temperature varies widely between day and night in April. Hence, dressing in layers is necessary to keep tourists from having a cold caused by the rapid change of temperature. Moreover, there are many restaurants and hotels in Tibet that do not offer the central heating, which means tourists have to wear a coat or more at night. We suggest travelers bring clothing such as coats, thin sweaters, jackets, and long-sleeve shirts. Apart from the coldness, the UV radiation is the another that should be paid attention by tourists. It is beneficial for them to take along sunglasses, sun hats, and sun cream to prevent the sunburn.
Where to Travel in Tibetan April
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is a renowned ancient palace in Lhasa which is the capital of Tibet, with the largest and the most well-preserved group of palaces. And it also is the world’s highest palace. The majestic architecture colored by the red and white is located on the hill known as the red hill in Lhasa.
In the past, it is the private palace of the Dalai Lama. The great Potala Palace now works as a museum, and also is a sacred place for worship. Every year, millions of pilgrims and the local Tibetan arrive there and join in the acts of worship.
The Barkhor Street
The Barkhor street is the well-known shopping street located in Lhasa and built around the Jokhang temple, which is called the "Temple of the Lord"— derived from Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha, its primary image. The Barkhor street is also referred to as the sacred road, for pilgrims and tourists come to this street from all over the world and take part in the traditional Buddhism worship and pilgrimage. The center is the Jokhang temple, where tourists and pilgrims circle and roll the prayer wheels in clockwise direction.
The Barkhor street is preferred by most travelers because it is where tourists can buy a variety of souvenirs and local specialties. In Tibet's April, it is still in a slack season with fewer crowds of sightseers, so it is a good time to go shopping in the Barkhor street and enjoy the local Buddhism culture.
The Namtso Lake
The Namtso lake is one of the most attractive traveling spots that are accessible in April after the long winter season passed. It is the third largest salt lake in China at an altitude of 4718m. In late April, the breathtaking scenery can be viewed that the frozen Namtso lake changes into dark blue or turquoise, which appeals numerous tourists to come to Tibet every year.