Top attractions for Tibet travel

Tibet Tibet tour, the Roof of the World, is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters. Located in a plateau north of the Himalayas, it is a mysterious, exotic place for many outsiders. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the massive, tranquil land with its majestic scenery and mysterious religious culture has exerted an awesome draw on travelers.

NO.1 Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is considered to be a model of Tibetan architecture. Located on the Red Hill in Lhasa, it covers more than 360,000 square meters and has 13 storeys. In 641, Songtsan Gambo, ruler of the Tubo Kingdom, had the Potala Palace built for Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty, his future bride. This structure was later burned to the ground during a war and rebuilt in the 17th century by the Fifth Dalai Lama. Over the past three centuries, the palace gradually became a place where the Dalai Lama lives and works and a place for keeping the remains of Dalai Lamas.

Admission: 100 yuan (Nov. 1-Apr. 30); 200 yuan (May 1-Oct.31)

Opening hours: 9:00 - 16:00 except holidays and major events

Travel tips: Only 2300 tickets are issued each day, among which 1600 are for the travel agents and 700 for individual tourists.

NO.2 Mount Everest

The Tibetan name of Mount Everest China travel deals, the highest peak in the world, is Qomolangma, which means "Holy mother" and represents the mother goddess of the Earth. Besides experienced mountaineers, Mount Everest draws scientists and ordinary tourists.

As the supreme point of the world, the mountain top is covered with snow all the year round, and when the glaring sun comes out, the peak becomes very pure and beautiful. Apart from that, many precious plants and animal live in the national natural reserves built in the area of Mt. Qomolangma.

Admission: 180 yuan

Travel tips: Climbing Mt. Everest is very dangerous, only the periods between early March and late May, along with early September and late October are fit for climbing. A mountain climber who can endure the adverse weather should venture on to the peak.

NO.3 Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple, located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa, is Tibet's first Buddhist temple and is part of the Potala Palace trip to china. The temple used to be called Tsulag Khang ("House of Wisdom"), but it is now known as Jokhang ("House of the Buddha"). It is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims. Built in Tang Dynasty-style architecture, Jokhang Temple is a four-story timber complex. A statue of Sakyamuni at age 10 is one of only three statues designed by Sakyamuni himself.

Admission: 75 yuan

Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00

Travel tips: The temple is in the downtown centre of Lhasa and recommended time for a visit is two hours.

NO.4 Namtso Lake

Namtso, or Lake Nam, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet Autonomous Region and should not be missed by any traveler to Tibet. In Tibetan, Namtso means "Heavenly Lake." It is famous for its high altitude and imposing scenery. The second largest salt lake in China, Namtso covers 1,920 square kilometers and is also the second-highest salt lake in altitude in the world at an elevation of 4,718 meters above sea level.

Admission: 120 yuan (50 yuan in the winter)

Travel tips: An organized tour of the lake is recommended.

NO.5 Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is one of the deepest and longest canyons in the world. The Yarlung Zangpo River Yangtze River tour starts at Mount Kailash before reaching the juncture of Mainling and Medog counties, where it swerves around towering Namjagbarwa, the highest peak in the eastern section of the Himalayas, carving a U-shaped gorge. The canyon is home to many animals and plants barely explored and affected by human influence, while its climate ranges from subtropical to Arctic.

Admission: 150 yuan (April 21-Oct.19); 75 yuan (Oct 20- April 20)

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