The Potala Palace Travel Tips

On August 17, 2011, in Lhasa, Palaces, Temples, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Since the Potala Palace was built for religious use, there are some religious taboos in the palace. For example, it is forbidden for tourists to wear a hat, or take pictures, or step on thresholds in the palace. Tourists are not allow to stay in the palace, and are required to finish their visit within one hour. The palace is located on the mountainside, and it is relatively cold inside. You’d better take an extra coat with you and walk slowly during your visit. You can take photos with the overview of the Potala Palace on the Medicine King Hill to the southwest of the palace. You can easily reach the hill if you leave the palace from its west gate, and go along the path to its main entrance. It takes you 1 or 2 Yuan to take photos on the hill.

Best season to visit the Potala Palace

Lhasa is located in central Tibet with a very high altitude. It is called “the City of Sunlight” because the annual sunshine duration there is more than 3000 hours. The rainy seasons of Lhasa are from June to September, with an annual precipitation between 200 to 510 mm. The maximum temperature there can reach 28 ℃, while the minimum can be as low as -14℃. The temperature difference between day and night are very large.The air is thin, and there are many windy days during the year. The winter and spring in Lhasa are quite dry. Relatively speaking, it is comfortable to visit Lhasa from March to October. It is highly advisable the schedule your trip after May.

The Potala Palace Travel Route

The East Courtyard—The Gallery of the White Palace—The East Youjiyuanman Hall—The Sunlight Hall—The Hall of Maitreya—The Golden Top—The Tancheng Hall—The Shushengsanjie Hall—The Longevity Hall—The Stupa Hall of the 13th Dalai Lama—The Shangshi Hall—The Stupa Hall of the 7th Dalai Lama—The Hall of Guanyin—The Stupa Hall of the 8th Dalai Lama—The The Stupa Hall of the 9th Dalai Lama—The Shilun Hall—The Hall of Amitayus Buddha—The Fawang Cave—The Puxianzhuisui Hall—The Xiangluo Hall—The Gallery of the Red Palace—The West Youjiyuanman Hall—The Putidaocidi Hall—The Chiming Hall—the Stupa Hall of the 5th Dalai Lama—The Shixi Hall

The Potala Palace Ticket

Ticket for the Potala Palace:

RMB 200 per person in peak seasons (from May 1st to October 31th )

RMB 100 per person in slack season (from December 1st to April the 30th next year)

Ticket for the Golden Top: RMB 10 per person

Ticket for the Jewelry Show: RMB 10 per person

Ticket fot the Stupa Halls: RMB 10 per person

It is free of charge to visit the City of Snow beside the Potala Palace.

Openning Hours: 9:00 to 16:00 (Except for holidays or festivals, or the day when there are grand religious ceremonies held in the palace)

Notice: The Potala Palace sells only 2300 tickets a day. In peak seasons, you need to book the ticket at the West Gate of the palace one day earlier, and arrive at the palace twenty minutes earlier than the time on the ticket the next day.

How to get to the Potala Palace

By air

There is an airport located 100 kilometers away to the south of Lhasa. Tourists can fly to the airport from citis like Beijing, Shanhai, and Katmandu, and take a bus or a taxi to the city of Lhasa. It takes 2 hours to reach the city by bus, and the ticket price is 20 Yuan per person. You can also take a taxi, and the price will be 150~250 Yuan per ride.

By Coach

You can take a couch from Bayi, Changdu, Chengdu, Rikaze, Zhangmu, Jiangzi, or Geermu, and arrived at the Coach Station of Lhasa. The following is a list of ticket price.

Ticket price from Geermu to Lhasa: RMB 262 per person

Ticket price from Zedang to Lhasa: RMB 28 per person.

Ticket price from Changdu to Lhasa: RMB 228 per person

Ticket price from Chengdu to Lhasa: RMB 443 per person

Ticket price from Rikaze to Lhasa: RMB 40 per person

Ticket price from Zhangmu to Lhasa: RMB 113 per person

Ticket price from Jiangzi to Lhasa: RMB 38 per person

Transportation Inside the City of Lhasa

Although Lhasa is not a big city, the transportation system of the city is very well developed. There are more than 1500 taxis in the city. You can easily find one whenever you want to take taxi. It takes no more than ten Yuan to travel around the city by taxi.

It is also very convinient to take a minibus to the Potala Palace. The ticket price is 2 Yuan per person. You can take a bus, too.  The ticket price for bus is 10 Yuan per person.

Jack Li
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