Lhasa Journals

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An October 2001 trip to Lhasa by LenR

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Quote: Lhasa is a great destination for adventurers and those seeking something off the beaten track. This journal highlights some of the attractions, accommodation and restaurants in the city

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Overview

Lhasa Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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Lhasa, Tibet’s capital and largest city, is an amazing place. Perhaps it is the forbidding location, the relief of getting there after the bureaucratic complexities, or the daunting altitude? More likely, it is just one of those great places where there is atmosphere, attractions and genuine mystery. It’s a place to explore – to walk along roads and down narrow alleys. Each corner will reveal something new about this fascinating city. The people, the religion, the architecture, and the sights and sounds are different to anywhere else you have been in the world. It is mysterious but it is not frightening. It’s a great place to visit. The highlights of Lhasa are many but to me the following were t...Read More

Hotel Kechu

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Hotel

Hotel Kechu Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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I thought this hotel was perfectly located. The Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor and many restaurants were all within easy walking distance. From the street the building looked somewhat disappointing and even the lobby was cramped and ordinary. When we were taken to our rooms, however, it was a different story. Most look out on to a nice little private garden with lawn, trees, and a small restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely. The rooms themselves were very comfortable. Each was large, air-conditioned/heated, and adequately equipped. I stayed in two different rooms. Both contained two single beds but I assume there are some doubles. The bathrooms had a bath with shower, t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Hotel Kechu
149 Beijing East Road
Lhasa, China
(891) 633 8824

Snowlands Restaurant

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Restaurant

Snowlands Restaurant Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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This ground-floor restaurant offers a mix of Tibetan, Nepalese and Western food in a nice, comfortable atmosphere. It is well patronised by budget travellers looking for value for money meals. We went there on several occasions for breakfast. One morning we took a Chinese friend but he left without eating anything because he claimed "there is nothing on the menu that I like". Certainly breakfast is mainly Western food. The complete breakfast at Y25 (US$3) is probably the most popular offering. This consists of fruit juice, bread, jam, egg and hash browns with coffee or tea. It is not huge in size but is adequate for most people. One morning I had pancakes with honey. They were great. T...Read More

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Snowlands Restaurant
Barkhor area
Lhasa, China

Tibet Lhasa Kitchen

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Restaurant

Tibet Lhasa Kitchen Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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After weeks of eating Chinese and Tibetan food, we were looking for something different. Friends recommended this restaurant for a curry so we immediately took their advice. It was a good choice. The restaurant is upstairs and it looks out towards the square in front of the Jokhang Temple. We went one night and were so impressed that we returned two nights later. The staff were friendly, service was good and the Nepalese/Indian food was excellent. There were several curries on the menu and I sought advice on which was hottest. The waitress suggested the masala and it was excellent. On the second visit I had a chicken curry and this was also excellent so I can firmly recommend both. To...Read More

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Tibet Lhasa Kitchen
Opposite Barkhor Square
Lhasa, China

Potala Palace

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Attraction

Potala Palace Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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Most of us have seen photographs of this palace but nothing prepares you for the thrill of seeing it right before you. This truly is an impressive building on an impressive site. The Potala Palace was started in 1645 and was the home of a succession of Dalai Lamas. Tibet was effectively ruled from here for centuries but the present Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 and now the building is virtually empty. It now operates as a museum and visitors are welcome. Locals pay Y1 while foreigners are charged Y75 (US$9). There is no doubt it is worth the cost. The palace has over 1000 rooms and much of it can be explored. Tours are available but you can wander around on your own i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Potala Palace
Beijing East Road
Lhasa, China

Jokhang Temple

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Attraction

Jokhang Temple Photo, Lhasa, Tibet
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The temple was founded in 640 AD but I doubt anything remains from that period. Buddhism has faced many crises in Tibet over the centuries but none more serious than in the late 1960s when religious practices were completely banned and bands of out-of-control Chinese Red Guards destroyed temples and other religious structures and persecuted monks and nuns. One story is that the Red Guards used the Jokhang Temple as a pig sty during this period, then destroyed everything they could before leaving. Fortunately, the temple has been rebuilt, and monks and nuns are once more practicing their religion. For a visitor it is a truly fascinating place. From dawn to dusk hundreds of pilgrims walk clockwise...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Jokhang Temple
Central city
Lhasa, China