Beijing Lhasa Tour

Extend your Beijing tour to Lhasa, the Holly City in Tibetan Plateau. Beijing Explorer provides Lhasa land service for those who wish to experience a city of deep mystery and enchantment.

Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is one of the highest cities in the world, at an altitude of 3500 metres. The first construction work appeared in Lhasa in the year of 637AD when King Songtsan Gampo became the leader of Tibetan Empire that had grown powerfully in the Brahmaputra River Valley (also known locally as Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley). In 641AD he built the Jokhang Temple in the centre of Lhasa and Ramoche Temple to house the two Buddha Statues brought by Princess Bhrituti of Nepal and Princess Wen Cheng of Tang Empire. From 9th century to 14th century, Lhasa declined. By the 15th century, Lhasa regained its state of being scholastic centre after the construction of three Gelugpa monasteries by Je Tsongkhapa and his disciples. The monasteries are Ganden, Sera and Drepung. The fifth Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso unified Tibet and moved the administration to Lhasa in 1642. Lhasa thereafter became both religious and political centre of Tibet. 3 years later, the reconstruction work of Potala Palace started on Red Hill. In 1648, the White Palace section of Potala was completed and it was used as winter palace by all Dalai Lamas afterwards and the Red Palace was constructed from 1690-1694. In the meantime, Jokhang Temple was expanded and eventually Barkhor area formed a prosperous market. In May 1951, Chinese Liberation Army took over Lhasa peacefully and Lhasa City was founded in 1960. Its population reached 570,000 in the year of 2011.

The city has many culturally significant Tibetan monasteries, palaces and temples, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbu Linka Palace, Monastery Sera, Monastery Drepung, Monastery Ganden and so on.

The distance between Beijing and Lhasa is 3750 kilometers. There are 2-3 daily flights connecting two cities. With the completion of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, which is the highest railway in the world, it is also convenient to enter Lhasa by rail. Train number T27 arrives at Lhasa at 16:00 every day after 43 hours and 52 minutes departing from Beijing West Railway Station. Beijing Explorer provides train tickets booking along with tour arrangements for you.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

Take a 4-day tour to Lhasa by flight to experience a real Tibet on your own. Admire numerous halls and chapels in Potala Palace; view the statues of Sakyamuni Buddha in the spiritual centre of Lhasa, Johkang Temple; experience the local life on the Barkhor market; visit the Summer Palace for Dalai Lamas, Norbu Linka; visit Sera Monastery to see the Monk Debates on the teachings of Buddha and principles.

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Take a 5-day incredible trip to have a new life in Lhasa! Admire exquisite statues, shrines, chapels, and murals in Potala Palace; visit the spiritual center Jokhang Temple; stroll on Barkhor Street to rxperience the real local life; cover the history and civilization of the mysterious land in Tibet Museum; immerse yourself in the unique religion in Sera Monastery and Norbulingka.

Yamdrok Lake, Lhasa

Deeply soak in the Tibetan features and find the real religious atmosphere on your trip. Visit the landmark of Tibet Potala Palace; walk in the Dalai Lama’s summer palace, Norbulingka; visit Barkhor Square to absorb the local culture; enjoy the plateau scenery by the Yamdrok Lake; have a visit to the Tashihunpo Monastery to see the six big monasteries of Gelugpa.

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