Lhasa (literally the 'Place of the Gods') is still largely a city of wonders. Not only is it Tibet's capital but it is also its heart and soul. With its rich, long history, unique culture, and isolated location on a plateau surrounded by the world's highest mountains, it's no wonder that it has managed to retain its mystical air, despite its rapid expansion in recent years.

New developments spring up around the cities edge, whilst at the city's core you'll come across a world that is still a million miles from the modern one, from the traditionally dressed pilgrims making their round the Barkhor to the scared Jokhang temple to the imposing Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, that watches over the city from its hilltop seat.

Your first view of the Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goose bumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavour of traditional Tibetan life. It is here in a worldly mix of flickering butter lamps, colourful incense, and prostrating pilgrims, which most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.

Today, the boulevards of the modern Chinese city dwarf the winding alleyways of the Tibetan quarter but it is in the latter that you should focus your time on and try to spend tie exploring by yourself. 

Lhasa at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Lhasa:

AEST -2
time difference
18 Hours
flight time
225,000
population
Potala
Palace
famous landmark
Yak
Steak
local food
Spring
best time to visit

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