Lhasa is over 13 000 years old and is now the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Lhasa lies at the foot of Mount Gephel, on 3,650 meters above sea level. In the city lives approx.130 000 people, while about 250 000 lives in the neighboring area. Tibetans are now probably in minority.
Every year over 1 million people visit Lhasa. The modern railway, the highest plateau railway in the world, connects now Lhasa with many Chinese cities, making the access to Tibet quicker and easier.
Lhasa means "place of the gods”, the city is the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama and in Tibetan Buddhism is regarded as the holiest centre in Tibet. The grand Potala Palace, along with Norbulingka Summer Palace, and Jokhang Temple are included in UNESCO´s World Heritage List.
The city of Lhasa contains three concentric paths used by pilgrims during walks around the sacred Jokhang Temple.
Potala Palace, headquarters of Dalai Lamas. The Palace´s main building is 13-story high.
Barkhor Square with Jokhang Temple, the first Buddhist temple in Tibet.
Norbulingka - palace with park, Dalai Lamas summer residence.
Lhasa Carpet Factory.
Currency: Chinese renminbi, also known as Yuan (CNY).
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+8.
Driving: on the right side of the road.
Climate: Mild, due to t´he city´s location. June is the wormest month, with highest temperature of ca 22 degrees C, and lowess about 10. Frequent rains (mostly during nights) in August which is still warm. Summer and autumn are the most enjoyable months. Heavy snowfall and storms in December - January occur outside the Lhasa - valley. Temperature often drops then to -10 degrees C. Averige temperature is about 8 degrees C.