The best spot to enjoy the overview of the Sangye temple and take pictures is the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificient exterior of the temple. If you do not want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can enjow the beautiful temple from the pagoda on the mountainside as well. It is not allowed to take pictures in some places inside the Temple. So if you want to take pictures inside the temple, you’d better ask the lama there whether it is OK to do so first.

Best Time to Visit the Sangye Temple

The Shannan Prefecture is in the same sea level elevation with Lhasa. The seasons there are quite distinct. The annual average temperature is around 8℃, while The maximum temperature is around 20℃. It appears between June and August. Generally speaking, the weather then is nice and cool, and very comfortable for visitors. But in January and December, it is quite cold there.

The Sangye Temple Best Routes

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The Sangye Temple Tickets

Ticket price: RMB 40 per person

Opening hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Notice: Generally it takes 2 or 3 hours to complete the trip in the temple.

How to get to the Sangye Temple

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. To visit the temple, you need to get to the Sangye Ferry in the Sangye Village from Lhasa first. After arriving at the ferry, tourists can take a boat to go across the Yarlung Zangbo River and reach the Sangye Temple. Don’t forget to bargain with the sailors over the price because they often offer foreigners a much higher price. There are buses to the temple on the bank of the river, and they will take you directly to the temple after you get off the boat.

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