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LHASA
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S ituated in the middle of Tibet Plateau, and to the north of the Himalayas, Lhasa was built in the valley plain of Lhasa River, a branch of Yarlung Zangbo River. As a capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and transportation center of Tibet. It covers an area of 29,518 square kilometers, with a population of 540,500, made up of people from over 30 ethnic groups including Tibetan, Han, Hui, Manchu, etc. Read More Below.


OVERVIEW

S ituated in the middle of Tibet Plateau, and to the north of the Himalayas, Lhasa was built in the valley plain of Lhasa River, a branch of Yarlung Zangbo River. As a capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and transportation center of Tibet. It covers an area of 29,518 square kilometers, with a population of 540,500, made up of people from over 30 ethnic groups including Tibetan, Han, Hui, Manchu, etc.

GEOGRAPHY

GEOGRAPHY

T he Tibet Autonomous Region is located in the southwest border of China and the southwest of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Its longitude is from 78°25’to 99°06 east, and its latitude is from 26°44’to 36°32’north.

T ibet borders Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north and Qinghai Province in the northeast, Sichuan Province in the east, Yunnan Province in the southeast, and such countries as Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Sikkim, Kashmir and other countries in the south and west, making China share a border line of about 4,000 km with the above countries and regions.

OVERVIEWCLIMATE

CLIMATE

S ituated to the northern side of the Himalayas, and affected by downdraft, Lhasa enjoys a typical semiarid plateau monsoon climate. It has a lot of sunny days throughout the year but has limited rainfall. The winter is not too cold while the summer is not too hot. The annual average temperature in Lhasa is 7.4℃, while the highest temperature recorded is 29.6℃, and the lowest is minus 16.5℃. The rain falls mainly in June, July, August, and September, with an annual rainfall of around 500 mm. Annual sunshine duration is over 3,000 hours, explaining why Lhasa is called “the city of sunshine”.

GEOGRAPHYCULTURE

CULTURE

L hasa, the political and economical center in Tibetan Buddhism region, is surrounded by numerous great palaces and temples within the city and suburban areas, such as the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Drepung Monastery, Jokhang and so on. Wherever you go, it is quite easy to see Lama in magenta cassock and followers kowtowing step by step along the pilgrimage. This strong and mysterious religious atmosphere arrests visitors so overwhelmingly that they may feel as if they were traveling through Tibetan history.

D eveloped in over 1,300 years, now Lhasa is very rich in cultural heritages. The best desire for many visitors who come to Tibet is that they can witness the ancient Tibetan culture and profound religious history by themselves. In Lhasa, or even in the whole Tibetan?Buddhism region, Tibetans are often found murmuring scriptures and swinging cylinders while they are walking clockwise in a certain direction around the temple lakes and mountains. In fact, it is the so-called Praying, a sacred religious ritual that is prevailing in Tibet and nearby regions. Usually it is related to a Buddhism item, to wit, the Prayer Wheel.

CLIMATETOURIST SEASON

TOURIST SEASON

1. From the view of scenery: If you go to Tibet in March or April, you can go to Nyingchi to enjoy the sight of peach blossom. Mountains are full of wild peach trees at this time, especially beautiful. In June, July, August and September, because it is very hot in mainland China, you can go to Tibet to avoid summer heat, and the scenery here is the most beautiful during this period of the year. These months are regarded as the peak season, of which, July and August are the most popular because the scenery at this time is the best. 2. From the view of passenger flow in Tibet: July and August are the peak season when there are many people here and consumption is more expensive. If you lay stress on passenger flow and consumption, it is better for you to choose June or September. 3. From the view of climate: The annual precipitation of Lhasa is 200?510 mm, which is concentrated from June to September. Night raining is more frequent. The highest temperature is 28 ℃ and the lowest temperature is minus 14 ℃. The air is thin, the daily temperature range is large, and it is dry and windy in winter and spring here. Relatively speaking, March to October features a warm and humid climate, and is the best season for Tibet tour, but usually the May Day is the beginning of the travelling season in each year.

CULTURE