Lhasa Photo Gallery and Information Page

Tours Featuring Lhasa:
Mysterious Tibet 16-Day Tour (CIT008):
Beijing – Three Gorges – Xi’an –
Lhasa – Shanghai

Map of China showing the location of Lhasa
Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, fascinates people all over the world because of its isolated location high on the Tibetan Plateau and its Tibetan Buddhist cultural treasures, as well as its political significance.

BASIC FACTS:
Chinese Name: 拉萨 (traditional characters: 拉薩; pinyin: Lāsā)
Population (2010): 1,100,123
Province: Tibet
Weather: cold winters, mild summers

Lhasa Photos

The photos below show some of the sights and attractions that you will see on our tours that include Lhasa. Please refer to individual itineraries for specific information about the attractions featured on each tour.

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A panoramic view of Potala Palace (布达拉宫) on a hill in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
The magnificent Potala Palace
(photo by Ondřej Žváček)
Wispy clouds hover over Potala Palace in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Enormous mountains rise behind Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Potala Palace
(photo by David Wong)
Even the vast Potala Palace is dwarfed by the mountains of Tibet
(photo by Jan Reurink)
Potala Palace (布达拉宫) under a blue sky in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A view of Potala Palace (布达拉宫) from a walkway below in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A view up the stairs of Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
The Potala under a blue sky
(photo by Rasheel Karmacharya)
The Potala from the tourist walkway
(photo by Bernt Rostad)
Climbing up the stairs at the Potala
(photo by Party Lin)
A temple building rises high over a courtyard at Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Workers repaint the white walls of Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Prayer wheels at Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
A Potala Palace courtyard
(photo by Bernt Rostad)
Annual whitewashing
(photo by Jan Reurink)
Prayer wheels at Potala Palace
(photo by Hans Liu)
The Red Palace, part of Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A 'snow lion' guarding Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A section of the ornate roof of Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Prayer flags at Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
The Red Palace,
part of the Potala

(photo by “Baldiri“)
A “snow lion”
guarding the Potala

(photo by Onward Tibet)
The roof of the Potala
(photo by Nathan Freitas)
Prayer flags at Potala Palace
(photo by Nao Iizuka)
A traditionally furnished and decorated chamber in Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Fountains shoot water high into the air before Potala Palace (布达拉宫) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A traditional Tibetan drum in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
A chamber in Potala Palace
(photo by Luca Galuzzi)
Potala fountains
(photo by Steve Hicks)
A drum in the Potala
(photo by Party Lin)
A view from Potala Palace (布达拉宫) across the city of Lhasa (拉萨)  to distant snowy mountains in Tibet, China Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) and Barkhor Square in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
View of Lhasa from the Potala
(photo by Marc van der Chijs)
Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Square
(photo by Jack Versloot)
The facade of Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Pilgrims pray at the entrance to Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China The gilt roof of Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Jokhang Temple
(photo by Onward Tibet)
Pilgrims in front of Jokhang Temple
(photo by Nao Iizuka)
The gilt roof of Jokhang Temple
(photo by John Hill)
The colorfully painted ceiling of a portico at Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Prayer wheels at Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A prayer hall in Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
The painted ceiling of the Jokhang
(photo by Bernt Rostad)
Jokhang prayer wheels
(photo by Steve Hicks)
A prayer hall in Jokhang Temple
(photo by Luca Galuzzi)
A dark room filled with long rows of yak butter candles in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China An ornate roof decoration on Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A view downard into a courtyard of Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Yak butter candles
(photo by Jan Reurink)
Jokhang roof decoration
(photo by Steve Hicks)
Jokhang Temple roof and courtyard
(photo by Bernt Rostad)
A view of Barkhor Square from Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Gilt ornament on the roof of Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Prostrate pilgrims at the entrance to Jokhang Temple (大昭寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Barkhor Square from the Jokhang
(photo by Bernt Rostad)
Jokhang roof decoration
(photo by Jan Reurink)
Prostrate pilgrims at Jokhang Temple
(photo by Roy Kim)
Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Prayer wheels and a large white stupa at Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China The colorful facade of Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Monks in red robes at Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Drepung Monastery
(photo by Richard)
Drepung prayer wheels
and stupa

(photo by Richard)
The facade of
Drepung Monastery

(photo by Jeff Neilson)
Drepung monks
(photo by Jan Reurink)
A display of golden arhat figurines at Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Rays of sunlight slant into a colorfully decorated prayer hall at Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Maitreya statues at Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Arhat figurines
(photo by Richard)
Drepung prayer hall
(photo by Richard)
Maitreya statues at Drepung
(photo by Richard)
Rows of teapots and cups line the shelves of a kitchen in Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Colorfully painted rocks and prayer flags outside Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A view downward onto the rooftops of the buildings of Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
The kitchen at Drepung
(photo by Richard)
Painted rocks and prayer flags
(photo by Sebastian Ceriani)
Drepung rooftops
(photo by Richard)
A view of a nearby mountain ridge from the roof of Drepung Monastery (哲蚌寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Colorful potted flowers and gold rooftop ornaments adorn Norbulingka (罗布林卡) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China A view upward past the roofline of Norbulingka (罗布林卡) into a deep blue sky in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
View from the roof of Drepung
(photo by Richard)
Norbulingka
(photo by Steve Hicks)
Norbulingka
(photo by David Wong)
A garden, pond, and low building at Norbulingka (罗布林卡) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Two large white stupae at Norbulingka (罗布林卡) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China White buildings at Sera Monastery (色拉寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Norbulingka, Lhasa’s “Summer Palace”
(photo by Richard)
At Norbulingka
(photo by David Wong)
Sera Monastery
(photo by Richard)
Adjacent buildings at Sera Monastery (色拉寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Monks in red robes engaged in debate at Sera Monastery (色拉寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Monks in red robes and yellow crested hats sit together in a large group at Sera Monastery (色拉寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Sera Monastery
(photo by Marc van der Chijs)
Sera monks in debate
(photo by Steve Taylor)
Sera monks from the “Yellow Hat” sect
(photo by Steve Taylor)
A view of mountains, blue sky, and clouds from Sera Monastery (色拉寺) in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Pedestrians and vendors on Barkhor Street in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Pedestrians, stalls, and shops in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
Spectacular view from Sera
(photo by Richard)
Barkhor Street
(photo by McKay Savage)
Market at Barkhor Street
(photo by Utpala)
A street vendor selling 'dentures made fast' in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Bulk foodstuffs for sale at Barkhor Street in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China Tibetan dishes: tingmo (steamed bread), thenthuk (noodle soup), momos Pedestrians and vendors on Barkhor Street in Lhasa (拉萨), Tibet, China
“Dentures made fast”:
The dentrification of trendy
neighborhoods continues

(photo by Steve Hicks)
A Barkhor vendor
(photo by Steve Hicks)
Tibetan food: tingmo
(steamed bread), thenthuk
(noodle soup), momos

(photo by Jpatokal)
A last view of Barkhor Street
(photo by Marc van der Chijs)

Tours Featuring Lhasa:

Open the information page for our Mysterious Tibet 16-Day Tour (CIT008)
Mysterious Tibet 16-Day Tour (CIT008)
Beijing – Three Gorges (Yangtze Cruise) – Xi’an – Lhasa – Shanghai

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