Escape to Lhasa

Lhasa’s name means “Place of the Gods.” As you tour the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple under a sky so big and so close it feels like you could turn and walk straight up into it, you’ll understand both the name and what has kept travelers coming back for centuries.

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Soul of Tibet

Take a more profound look at spiritual life in Tibet as you journey through its heart, touring in a loop from Lhasa, along the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake, through rolling foothills, to Gyantse, Shigatse and back. At each stop, an adventure, a new facet of Tibetan life to explore.

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Night skies over Tibet

High above sea level – and far from light pollution – Tibet offers one of the most breathtaking night skies in the world

Discovery Tibet

Welcome to Tibet

Tibet offers fabulous monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude walks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and one of the most likeable cultures you will ever encounter.

Huddled in a valley basin surrounded by the Himalayas, Lhasa is one of the world’s highest cities at an average elevation of 3,500 meters. Meaning “place of the gods,” Lhasa became Tibet’s political, religious and economic center after the fifth Dalai Lama moved the capital here in 1642. A few years later the mighty Potala Palace was built and Jokhang Temple expanded, its surrounding Barkhor area becoming a thriving market for foreign goods. Pilgrims still visit Jokhang in the heart of the old town to prostrate themselves before Tibet’s most sacred site, while Barkhor today remains a bustle of teahouses and shops selling thangka artworks and incense.

Lhasa Region

Jokhang Temple
At the center of the old Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of the region.

Potala Palace
Located on the Red Hill of Lhasa, it is the symbol of the city, known to the world for its grand constructions, elegant buildings, exquisite artworks and pious religious atmosphere.

Nakchu Region

Namtso Lake
Located near Damxung, it is the highest saltwater lake in the world and the second largest saltwater lake in China.

Shigatse Region

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Lies 2 kilometer (1.2 miles) west of Shigatse city, the monastery is a very influential monastery.

Mount Everest
Lies at the border between China and Nepal, Mount Everest, also known as Mt. Qomolangma, meaning Mother Goddess of the Universe in local labguage, is the highest peak in the world.

Shannan Region

Samye Monastery
Situated in Dranang, Samye Monastery was completed in 779 under the patron of Trisong Detsen.

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Yamdrok Yumtso (or Yamdrok-tso), one of the three holiest lakes on this holy land, lies at Nhagartse, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the southwest of Lhasa.

Nyingchi Region

Yarlong Tsangpo River
Originating from a glacier on the northern Himalayas, it is the highest river on the earth.

Ngari Region

Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarova
Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarova in the region of Purang are the “Sacred Mountain and Holy Lake” of the Buddhism, Hinduism and the indigenous religion-Bon.

Lake Rakshastal
Lake Rakshastal in Tibetan means the “Demon Lake” or “Poisonous Dark Lake”, because its salty water is undrinkable for human beings and animals. But the lake scenery is beautiful.

Ruins of Guge Kingdom
The ruins lie on a hilltop near a river and cover 180,000 square meters.

Chamdo Region

Chambaling Monastery
The monastery, in Chamdo Town, was founded in 1444 by one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples.

Tibet in detail

Highlights in Tibet

1

Potala Palace

Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world.

2

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth. Learn about its history, the people who live there, and the people who visit to climb.

Namtso Lake

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Namtso Lake

Literally meaning Heavenly Lake, Namtso Lake is really worthy of its name.

4

Jokhang Temple

The 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Lhasa permeated with intense incense.

5

Barkhor Street

Known as a popular circumambulation and souvenir shopping site, Barkhor Street is busy with pilgrims and tourists.

Yamdrok Lake

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Yamdrok Lake

Among the three holy lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake is the nearst one from Lhasa Without an outlet, it seems like a natural reservoir with a perfect balance between the melted snow water and the evaporated lake water.

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