Lhasa in the May has fully recovered warm, with an average temperature of around 6-23 ℃ and a temperature of up to 28 degrees Celsius. In May, Lhasa began the peak season for travelers, Tibet train tickets and hotels are hard to get. The rainy season in Lhasa has not yet arrived at this time, and the weather is fine in most cases.
Dressing Guide for Lhasa Travel in May
When traveling to Lhasa in May, light cotton or linen clothes such as long-sleeved shirts and light down jackets are recommended. Although it feels hot at noon, to wear short sleeves. It can be chilly in the morning and evening. It is recommended to wear a jacket when going out in the morning. You can take it off when it gets hot.
Daytime average temperature: 20°C, light cotton or linen clothes such as sports T-shirts/pants, jeans, light jackets, etc. are recommended.
Nighttime average temperature: 6°C, warm clothes such as wind breakers, sweaters, leather jackets, down jackets, hats, gloves, etc. are recommended.
Lhasa Weather in May over the years
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Lhasa Travel Guide in May
The celebrations of the Saskatoon Festival generally begin in May and the streets of Lhasa become busy and lively. There are Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Tibetan style interpretation hall, Tibetan bars, Tibetan restaurants, etc. You can pray in front of the Potala Palace Square and feel the power of faith in front of the Jokhang Temple. Touching the warm warps with your finger tip, listening to the customers in the sweet tea house, lying lazily in an arm chair in the sunshine, taking a stroll leisurely along the Lhasa River, etc.
In Lhasa, you can do far more than these. You can join in dancing with the Tibetans under the palace, and the roadside stalls of yogurt and potato chips make you feel like staying at a 3,700-meter “McDonald’s”. You can pick some gifts for family and friends from the holy city on Barkhor street. Or, you don’t have to do anything but just stand on the turn of the Barkhor Street and let the pilgrims and tourists pass by, which presents a most authentic Lhasa. Lhasa is a mysterious existence, which is described as a place “is being rendered and will continue to be rendered; has been interpreted but has not been completely interpreted yet.” Whether it is the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, or the Barkhor Street, Norbulingka, there is always a place that can directly grab you deep down your heart and become the home of your soul.
When you first travel to the Tibetan Plateau, most people will feel different levels of hypoxia such as chest tightness, difficulty breathing or other symptoms. But this does not mean that you cannot adapt to the high-altitude environment. If you can adjust yourself properly, the above symptoms can generally be improved or disappear in 2~3 days.
If you are flying to Tibet, the symptoms of a general mountain sickness will occur in 12 to 14 hours. Therefore, when you first arrive in Tibet and don’t feel very well, please rest in bed instead of taking any intensive exercise. Otherwise, it takes more time to adapt to it.
People often use oxygen supplement to relieve chest discomfort. Oxygen inhalation temporarily relieves chest tightness, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc., but the symptoms reappear after stopping oxygenation, which actually delays the time to adapt to the high-altitude environment. If the symptoms of hypoxia are not very serious, oxygen inhalation is not recommended, which will help you to adapt to the altitude environment faster. A mild altitude sickness will get better without treatment and the oxygen inhalation may become an addiction.
After entering Tibet, you should eat more carbohydrates, digestible foods and drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Please do not eat too much at night nor alcohol drinking and smoking. Foods which are rich in vitamins such as fruits and vegetables are recommended. Please try not to do too much and try to eat and rest regularly. During the first few days when you just arrived in Tibet, please don’t take frequent shower to prevent yourself from catching colds. Colds are often the main cause of acute high-altitude pulmonary edema (which is not easy to heal under hypoxic conditions).
During your stay in Tibet, please don’t take too many activities and carry too much stuff. Please slow down with everything and walk slowly. You can gradually increase the amount of activity after a week.
Best Time to Visit Lhasa:
May-October every year is the best time to tour Lhasa, Tibet. Lhasa is known as “Sunlight City”, with long sunshine hours, mild climate, no heat in summer, no cold in winter. The highest temperature in the whole year in June, and the lowest in winter in January. Lhasa has less rainfall, but the dry and wet season is obvious. The rain is mainly concentrated in July, August and September, and it is mostly at night. Lhasa’s summer climate is warm and humid, making it the best travel season. This time is also the most pleasing time of Lhasa’s natural scenery in a year. The whole city is lush and in stark contrast with the winter bleak. There is a saying that the oxygen concentration in Lhasa in summer can almost double that of winter.
Lhasa should be regarded as the first stop for most people to enter Tibet. The cultural landscape is mostly, the climate is suitable for all seasons. The summer is not hot, the winter is not cold, but the temperature difference between day and night is large. If the main purpose of your trip is to experience, feel and live, it is recommended that in October-March, avoiding the peak season of Tibet tourism, the cost is relatively low, and there is no need to worry about the limited Potala Palace tickets and train tickets. Few tourists make it easier to feel the purity and authenticity of Tibet.