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Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
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Plan your Lhasa tour? Visiting Potala Palace is one of your highlights in your Lhasa trip. Many visitors would like to take some photos of Potala Palace bringing their memory back home. There are many places to view and photograph Potala Palace sitting on a hill in the heart of Lhasa city.

You may walk around Potala Palace in a clockwise direction, a religion kora (The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa) and take some pictures of Potala Palace from different angles and spots. Wandering on the path circling Potala Palace takes you approxi. 40 minutes.

There two best places to have an overview of Potala Palace for pictures taking – the Medicine King Hill and Palubuk Rock Temple both to the southwest of the palace. It takes you 2 yuan to take photos on the viewing platform on the hill. The entrance to Palubuk Temple costs you 20 yuan.

Shooting Potala Palace on the Medicine King Hill

This is the entrance gate leading up to the sightseeing platform on the Medicine King Hill to the southwest of Potala Palace, just a few minutes’s walk from the west gate of the palace.

I zoom in and have a clear and bigger picture of Potala Palace standing on a hill slope, which is mainly composed of two parts – the White Palace and the Red Palace. The White Palace is the former residence of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace accommodates the Spirit Pagodas.

I zoom in and have a clear and bigger picture of Potala Palace

I zoom in and have a clear and bigger picture of Potala Palace from the Medicine King Hill
I zoom out and have a distant view of Potala Palace with its square to the south.

Shooting Potala Palace from Palubuk Temple

To the southwest of the palace, walking a road rimming the west foot of the Medicine King Hill, soon you will see a temple standing the hilllside. This is the Palubuk temple, a kind of temple built on the rock in the hill.

Palubuk Temple was built during the King Songtsan Gampo’s Time, and has a long history over 1200 years. It is said that the statues of Shakyamuni and his disciples were carved naturally from the rcok in the hill.  The King Songtsan Gampo and his two sons all had lived in this temple.

Now we are inside the courtard of the temple and follow the arrow, walk on the steps leading to the different storeys of the temple.

follow the arrow, walk the steps leading to the different storeys of the temple.

Have a clear and overall picture of Potala Palace from the top floor of the temple.

Have a clear and overall picture of Potala Palace from the top floor of the temple

Shooting Potala Palace from its different sides

Walk around the Potala Place gives you the chance to snap the shots of the temple in different angles. Actually if you have the circular walk in a clockwise direction, you step on a perform kora.

In Lhasa, there are four major kora (cirsuits) – Inner Kora, Middle Kora, Outer Kora and Potala Palace Kora.

Shooting Potala Palace from its southeast side.
Shooting Potala Palace from its southwest side.
Shooting from the middle at its south
Doves and the palace

Hassle-free Lhasa Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa:

Lhasa Tour
Tibet Travel
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Lhasa
Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa
Lhasa Tourist Traps, Tourist Scams Lhasa
Where to stay in Lhasa
Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant – Your Kitchen in Lhasa
Lhasa Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience, Xian Lhasa Flight
Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus
Get around in Lhasa with Pedicab or Trishaw
lhasa Taxi
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Tips for Visiting Drak Yerpa (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Beijing Road in Lhasa
Lhasa River in the City of Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)
Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip

Qushui Bridge in Qushui County, Tibet (Tips, Photos & Map)
Nagarzê County and Scenic Road Trip to Gyantse
Gyantse County and Road Trip to Shigatse
Shigatse Trip (Tips, Photos & Map)
Shigatse Lhatse Tingri Road Trip
Drive from Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp
Gangkar Town ( Gangga Town ), Tingri County
Tingri County (Tips, Photos & Maps)
Nyalam Town & Nyalam County (Tips, Photos & Maps)
Zhangmu Port & Zhangmu Town (Tips, Photos & Maps)

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)

Friday, October 8th, 2021
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Plan your Lhasa tour? For many first-time Lhasa visitors, Sera Monastery is one of the highlights in Lhasa. It is located 6km north of downtown Lhasa.

Sera Monastery is located about 6km north of Potala Palace (Google Map)

Brief History of Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is known as one of the three major monasteries in Lhasa. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery is the last one of the three major monasteries.

The Entrance to Sera 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.

The Great Assembly Hall

There are some precious olde murals in the main hall and the buildings around it in Sera Temple. It is best to bring a flashlight or headlamp for easy appreciation.

The Great Assembly Hall

There are also tens of thousands of Vajra Buddha statues preserved in the temple, some locally made and a few brought from the mainland or India.

Sera Je College

Sera Monastery has three colleges (Tratsang), including Sera Me College (Tratsang), Sera Je College and Ngkapa Tratsang.

Monks ready to eat inside the hall at Sera Je College

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.

Eating barley porridge

Luckily I was allowed to take photos inside the hall of Je College (Tratsangthe) temple after paying CNY25. To our delight, our visit coordinated with  a large gathering of monks. 

Monks learning at Sera Je College

Theoretically speaking, I could take as many photos as I can. But being afraid of disturbing the statues of the Hayagriva, Chenresig or Avalokiteshwara and more deities, I only took just a few pictures.

Sera Monastery Monk Debate

Sera’s debate has been known in Tibetan areas and the debate itself is a big draw for visitors to come to visit Sera Temple. The ceremony of Sera’s debate is held in the north debate field of the temple.

Sera Monastery Monk Debate

Basically there will be so many people watching the debate that you need to get there a bit earlier to have a good seat or space to watch them.

Sera Monastery Monk Debate

The debate usually starts at three p.m. and ends at five p.m. However, on Sundays and special occasions, there is no debate. The monks tend to sit on the floor and another one is stand on the opposite with exaggerated debate scripture action which looks very interesting.

The Panoramic View of Lhasa

The back of Sera Mountain has a high altitude where you can watch the panoramic of Lhasa on the top of the mountain. It is really a resort for mountain-lovers. Every year at Shoton Festival, the Sunbathing Buddha Festival will be held here

The back of Sera Mountain has a high altitude

The relative height of the mountain is about 500 meters, climbing it will take about four hours, requires a certain physical strength. Visitors who are in poor physical strength or easy to get altitude stress are not recommend to climb to the summit.

The entire circumference of Sera Temple

The entire circumference of Sera Temple is about 1.5 km. The layout of Sera Temple is that the Cuoqin hall is in the center and numerous buildings are scattered around the major hall.

Tibetans in the temple

Different from mainland Chinese Buddhist architecture, Sera is not axial symmetrical layout, but scattered in the mountains.

How to get there & Entrance Fees

Enquiry Phone Number: 0891-6383639
Suggested visiting time: 1-3 hours
Public buese: Take bus no. 6, 16, 24 and get off at Sera Temple Station

Entrance fee: 50 yuan
Opening Hours: 8:30-17:00 (January 1 – December 31, Monday – Sunday)
Address: 1 Salad Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa

Hassle-free Lhasa Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa:

Lhasa Tour
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Lhasa
Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa
Lhasa Tourist Traps, Tourist Scams Lhasa
Where to stay in Lhasa
Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant – Your Kitchen in Lhasa
Lhasa Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience, Xian Lhasa Flight
Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus
Get around in Lhasa with Pedicab or Trishaw
lhasa Taxi
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Tips for Visiting Drak Yerpa (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Beijing Road in Lhasa
A Fun to Walk along Lhasa River in the City of Lhasa
Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa

Qushui Bridge in Qushui County, Tibet (Tips, Photos & Map)
Nagarzê County and Scenic Road Trip to Gyantse
Gyantse County and Road Trip to Shigatse
Shigatse Trip (Tips, Photos & Map)
Shigatse Lhatse Tingri Road Trip
Drive from Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp
Gangkar Town ( Gangga Town ), Tingri County
Tingri County (Tips, Photos & Maps)
Nyalam Town & Nyalam County (Tips, Photos & Maps)
Zhangmu Port & Zhangmu Town (Tips, Photos & Maps)

Any questions, just drop a line.

Qushui Bridge in Qushui County, Tibet (Tips, Photos & Map)

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
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Qushui Bridge is the first modern bridge over Yalu Tsangpo River, a crucial bridge in Tibet. It is located Qushui County, about 60km south of Lhasa and 27km west of Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

Qushui Bridge is a crucial bridge in Tibet. (Google Map)

Qushui County

The name “Qushui” comes from “Jimai” in Tibetan language in ancient times, which literally means “the land where rivers meet”. Quishui County has been the transportation hub connecting Lhasa with Shannan, Nyingchi and Xigaze since ancient times. The county was established in 1959.

We pass through Qushui County

The Yalu Tsangpo River flows under the Qushui Bridge from west to east. Lhasa River, an important tributary of Yalu Tsangpo River, meets Yalu Tsangpo River at Qushui County.

Qushui Bridge

Qushui Bridge was open to the public on August 01, 1966, the first modern bridge over Yalu Tsangpo River. The bridge is 300 meters long and 10 meters wide. All the major roads in Tibet pass by or over Qushui Bridge.

We are going to cross Qushui Bridge

Starting from Lhasa, driving cross Qushui Bridge and turning left, you will get to Lhasa Gonggar Airport 27km away from Qushui Bridge; turning right, you will get to Yamdroke Lake in 41km, Nanggartse County in 91km, Gyantse in 187km and Shigatse in 287km.

Our bus is driving on the Qushui Bridge from north to south.

If you don’t crosss the Qushui Bridge and drive west at the north of Qushui Bridge, you will easily get to Shigatse in 196km along the National Highway No.318.

We drive though Qushui Bridge, and turn right to the dierction of Yamdrok Lake .

We drive though Qushui Bridge, and turn right to the dierction of Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok Lake is situated within Langkazi County (Nangartse) of the Shannan Region of Tibet on the way between Lhasa and Gyantse – 110km southwest of Lhasa and 140 east of Gyantse.

We drive though Qushui County ( Qushui Bridge) and get to Yamdrok Lake.

Hassle-free Lhasa & Tibet Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa and Tibet:

Lhasa Tour
Tibet Travel
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Lhasa
Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa
Lhasa Tourist Traps, Tourist Scams Lhasa
Where to stay in Lhasa
Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant – Your Kitchen in Lhasa
Lhasa Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience, Xian Lhasa Flight
Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus
Get around in Lhasa with Pedicab or Trishaw
lhasa Taxi
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Tips for Visiting Drak Yerpa (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Beijing Road in Lhasa
Lhasa River in the City of Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)
Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip

Qushui Bridge in Qushui County, Tibet (Tips, Photos & Map)

Any questions, just drop a line.