Lhasa Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Lhasa

Where is it located?: Lhasa is in southern Tibet.

Why do people go there: The fabled city of Lhasa used to be the home of the Dali Lama. It’s the cultural center of Tibet.

How do travelers get there?: There are domestic flights from Tibet to get to Lhasa. Many travelers come overland from Nepal.

Currency: Yuan

City Code: 900, 000

Population: 1 million

Languages: Tibetan, Chinese

Tips for Visiting

Attractions: Gyantse

Accommodations: Lhasa Hostels

Tourist Office: China Tourism

Off-the-beaten-path: Mt. Everest

Health Issues: Altitude sickness, car accidents

Tips for Visiting

When to go: May through November are the best times to visit.

Common Phrases: Free Tibet!

How to get around?: Buses can get you around but are dangerous, especially with hundred thousand foot cliffs on each side of you.

Good to know: The Chinese have tight control over Tibet and tourism. You usually have to have a special permit to travel in the country.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Lhasa is the Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Lhasa travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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