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Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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Plan your Lhasa tour? Lhasa Railway Station is located in the southwest of Lhasa city, about 20km from Potala Palace, 1km south of Lhasa River across Liuwu Bridge.
 
Basic information on Lhasa Railway Station
Enquiry Phone Number: 0891 6756907
Add: Liuqu District of Lhasa City
The official opening; July, 2006
Sea level: 3641m
The architectural style: a combination of Tibetan traditional and modern elements
The main colors of the station: the traditional Tibetan white and red
The passengers volumn: 2700 per day
The heating facilities: Environmentally-friendly solar power
 

Exterior of Lhasa Railway Station

 

Both the entrance and exit at Lhasa Railway Station

Lhasa Train Routes
Beijing – Lhasa 4064 km 44.34 hours
Chengdu – Lhasa 3360 km 43.11 hours
Chongqing – Lhasa 3654 km 44.35 hours
Lanzhou – Lhasa 2189 km 27.37 hours
Xining – Lhasa 1880 km 25.36 hours
Shanghai – Lhasa 4374 km 48.43 hours
Guangzhou – Lhasa 4980 km 55.38 hours
 
 
Taxis at Lhasa Railway Station
If you arrive at Lhasa by train, and would like to take a cab to your downtown hotel in Lhasa, basically it is very convenient for you to hail a taxi in front of the Lhasa train terminal station. Most of the taxis are parking by the main road in front of the Lhasa Railway Station.
 
Lhasa Taxi Fares
CNY 10 just for getting in for 5km
CNY 2 for each additional 1km
Minnight 0:00 – 07:00am 
CNY 10 for getting in for 5km
CNY 2.2 for each additional 1km
No tipping.
Normally the train station to Lhasa downtiwn drive costs you between CNY20 – CNY30 prt your specific hotel location in Lhasa.
 

Taxis at Lhasa Railway Station

 
  

Lhasa taxi at Lhasa Train Station

 
Public Buses at Lhasa Train Station
If you want to experience a public bus ride from Lhasa Railway Station to your downtown hotel, you walk out of the train station and turn right, then walk about 100 meter, you will see a large public bus terminal with plentiful buses running between Lhasa Railway Station and numerous stops in the downtown of Lhasa.
 
Major public buses direcly from Lhasa Train Station to the downtown of Lhasa:
Public Bus 1
Public Bus 6
Public Bus 13
Public Bus 14
 

Public Bus Terminal at Lhasa Railway Station

 
 

Public Bus 1 at Lhasa Railway Station

 
Liuwu Long-distance Bus Station at Lhasa Railway Station
Liuwu Long-distance Bus Station is comparatively new. It is just next to Lhasa Train Station on your left hand if you come out of Lhasa Railway Station.
 
Enquiry Phone Number:
0891)6947217 0891-6947216  0891-6947204
 
Major Bus routes with bus fares
Lhaa – Changdu CNY282
Lhasa – Kathmandu CNY522
Lhasa – Shangri-la CNY552
Lhasa – Yadong CNY152
Lhasa – Zhangmu CNY 262
Lhasa – Ali CMY 750

Liuwu Long-distance Bus Station

Monks at Sera Je College at Sera Monastery in Lhasa

Saturday, October 8th, 2011
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Plan your Lhasa tour? For many Lhasa visitors, Sera Monastery is one of the highlights in Lhasa.
Located 3km north of downtown Lhasa, Sera Monastery is one of the three Gelukpa college monasteries in Lhasa. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The Sera Monastery is mainly composed of the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges (Tratsang).
Its construction started in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435) and completed 1434. Sera Monastery has three colleges (Tratsang), inluding Sera Me College (Tratsang), Sera Je College and Ngkapa Tratsang. The Sera Je College is the largest among three. 
The Sera Je College (Tratsang) takes an area of over 17,000 square metres. It was originally a three-storey building; a fourth floor was put in the 18th century by protecting the building with a total of 100 columns.
In the just passed August, I visited Sera Temple. Luckily I was allowed to take photos inside the hall of Je College (Tratsangthe) temple after paying CNY25. To our delight, our visit of Taiwan coordinated with  a large gathering of monks. Theoretically speaking, I could take as many photos as I can. But being afraid of disturbaing the statues of the Hayagriva, Chenresig or Avalokiteshwara and more deities, I only took a handlful pictures.
The exterior of Je College in Sera Monastery

The exterior of Je College Sera Monastery

Sitting there and chanting

Sitting there and chanting

Each monk got a bowl of barley congee

Each monk got a bow of barley congee or soup.

Monks were eating barley congee

Monks ate barley tea

A close look at the monks finishing their congee or tea

A close look at the monks finishing their congee or tea

After eating congee, everybody put on a yellow hat
 
The monks were leaving from Sera Je Tretsang

The monks were leaving from Sera Je Tretsang

Sera Monastery Travel Tips
1. Take a flashtorch since most of the temple have kept very old fresco.
2. Dont miss the 3pm debating by Je Collage
3. Transportation
1) Bus No.5 goes to Sera Temple for CNY 3
2)  Taxi fare: CNY15
3) Or half hour by bike
4. Opening hours: 09:00 – 16:00
5. Entrance ticket: CNY55

Lhasa Beijing Road , Beijing Road in Lhasa

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
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Plan your Lhasa tour? It is a must to walk on Beijing Road, especially Beiing East Road to feel the pulse of the vibrant capital city of Tibet – Lhasa.

Lhasa Beijing Road is the busiest and longest city avenue running from east to west with its middle section (Beijing Middle Road) passing by Potala Palace. The Beijing Road east of Potala Palace is called Beijing East Road; the Beijing Road west of Potala Palace known as Beijing West Road while its section passing by Potala Palace called Beijing Middle Road.

Beijing East Road
Beijing East Road is immersed into the diversified Tibetan cultural elements since the east section of Beijing Road is in the traditional Tibetan residential area and most of Lhasa’s ancient religious and historical sites are located around Beijing East Road. Ramoche Temple is to the north of Beijing Road while Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple to the south of Beijing East Road.

On Lhasa East Road, you see the magnificent Tibetan houses lined along the street. The Beijing East Road is rife with butcher’s, groceries, fruit vendors, inns, hotes and small streetfront shops.

Three or Four-storey Tibetan buildings with its ground floor open to front stores for business.

Lhasa Pedicabs are an indispensablecity transportation tools in Lhasa.

Lhasa Pedicabs are an indispensablecity transportation tools in Lhasa.

Buy pork at a charcuterie

Buy pork at a charcuterie

A local food vendor sitting on the street of Beijing Road.

A local cake vendor sitting the street of Beijing Road.

A local vendor selling various dairy products

local vendor selling various dairy products

Baked potatos are sold in the Beijing east Road. 

Baked potatos are sold in the Beijing east Road.

A grocery

A grocery

A peach vendor

A peach vendor

A  Butcher’s
Rows of three Tibetan houses on Beijing East Road under blue sky. 

Rows of three Tibetan houses on Beijing East Road under blue sky.

 Cafe and bars on Beijing East Road

Cafe and bars on Beijing East Road

Beijing Middle Road
The Beijing Middle Road looks newer and fresher with bigger stores. Walking from Beijing East Road to the Beijing West Road, you will see some inns and hotel with good locations.
Lhasa Yak Hotel

Lhasa Yak Hotel

Kalash Hotel
A bus stop on the Beijing Road

A bus stop on the Beijing Road

Tibet Hongqiao Hotel

Tibet Hongqiao Hotel

 
Modern shopping mall and hotel

Modern shopping mall and hotel

Club and mart

Club and mart

International fashion brands found here

International fashion brands found here

The Beijing Road meets Potala Palace.

he Beijing Road or Beijing Middle Road passes by the south of Potala Palace.

The Beijing Road (Middle Road)  passes by Potala Palace

The Beijing Road passes by Potala Palace

Beijing West Road.
Most of Han people and Muslims live around Beijing West Road. Quite different from the Tibetan elements on Beijng East Road, all the buildingd on Beijing West Road are built in the modern style like other big cities.
Beijing West Road

Beiing West Road

Large City Sculpture – Golden Yak

Large City Sculpture – Golden Yak

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