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Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Gongga Airport
Distance to city: 90 km
Airport Transport:
  • Bus: CNY 25
  • Hire car, jeep or minibus in advance: CNY 400 to CNY 500
Airport tax: RMB 90 (international flights)


Home entry permit required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners.
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Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0


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Minibus: CNY 1
Car, jeep

Tourist Attraction

Potala Palace
The most imposing attraction of Lhasa, once the centre of Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai.
Jokhang Temple
The golden-roofed Jokhang is 1300 years old and one of Tibet's holiest shrines.
The Barkhor is essentially a pilgrim circuit which is followed clockwise round the periphery of the Jokhang. It is also a hive of market activity, an astounding jamboree, a Tibetan-style stock exchange.
Norbu Lingka
About three km west of the Potala is the Norbu Lingka, which used to be the summer residence of Dalai Lama.

Supervisory Office of Tourism Quality of Tibet Autonomous Region

Tel: (0891) 6333476 6334330
Hours: 8:30-11:30 14:00-17:00
Address: 208 Yuanlin Road, Lhasa, Tibet 850001, China
Fax: (0891) 6334632 680012


Spring (Apr - Jun): 8.3 C
Summer (Jul - Sep): 15.2 C
Autumn (Oct - Dec): 8.3 C
Winter (Jan - Mar): -2.3 C
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Official Languages: Mandarin, Tibetan
Language of Business and Administration: Mandarin and English
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220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency Number

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Ambulance: 120
Emergencies: 110
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110

Public Holidays

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