Are you in the process of arranging your Lhasa tour or Tibet tour? Tibet is difficult to explore on a short trip since it is quite huge in size, the second largest provincial-level region in China, just after Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Basically Tibet is officially classified into 6 tourism zones: 1) Lhasa Historical and Cultural Center Tourism Area; 2) Mt. Everest Eco Tourism Area;3) Linzhi (Nyingchi) Forest Eco Tourism; 4) Shannan Yalong River Cultural Scenic Area; 5) Ali Holy Mountains and Lakes Area; 6) Nanqu Grassland Eco Tourism Area.
ABC of Tibet Officially Claimed Six Tourism Zones
Lhasa Historical and Cultural Center Tourism Area
This area is simply called Lhasa Area. Lhasa Area is the most visited place in Tibet. First time visitors coming to Tibet cannot afford to miss the capital city of Tibet. A general Lhasa tour normally takes you approx. 4-5 days, visiting a handful of impressive attractions such as Potala Palace, Bahkhor Street, Sea Temple…
Mt. Everest Eco Tourism Area
Called Mt.Everest Area for short. Glimpsing the EBC, the Mount Everest Base, is a dream of many tourists. Make an extended tour to Mounta Everest either from Shigatse or from Zhangmu fort bordering Nepal. 2 days are necessary to drive up to the base of Mr.Everest mountain area and back.
Linzhi (Nyingchi) Forest Eco Tourism
Dubbed as “Swiss Landscape”, Linzhi boasts the most beautiful mountain in China – Namcha Barwa or Namchabarwa and the most beautiful glacier – Midui Glacier and Lulang Forest.
Ali Holy Mountains and Lakes Area
Short for Ali Area, this region is a mecca for Tibetan Buddhists. Circling the holy mountain – Mount Kailash is the must-do buddhist event for many local Tibetans.
Nanqu Grassland Eco Tourism Area
Also known as North Tibet Area. This area is famous for its vast and wild area typified by grasslands, lakes and gobi. In this area, most people know more about Namtso Lake than Naqu itsself. You can have a 4-wheel drive day trip to Namtso Lake.
Linzhi (Nyingchi) Forest Eco Tourism
It boasts the most scenic travel route of the all the tourism zones where you will see the most beautiful mountain in China – Namcha Barwa in Lulang and the most beautiful glacier in China – Midui Glacier in Ranwu.
We made a 4-wheel drive trip from Lhasa to Ranwu (Rakwa Tso) last October and the amazing driving experience still lingers in my mind. Well, follow me to drive cross the dreamland again!
Lhasa – Bayi – Lulang – Ranwu (Rakwa Tso) 4 Wheel Drive Trip
(Total 755km one way drive)
We drive eastwards along the Chuanzang Highway (Sichuan Tibet Highway). Completed in 1958, the Chuanzang Highway is 2115km long starting from Chengdu, which is also part of the 5476km National Highway No.318 starting from Shanghai to Zhangmu Town.
Lhasa River, the mother river of Lhasa, accompanies us on our left side running down from the south side of Nyainqêntanglha range. Lhasa River is one of te five major tributaries of Yalong Tsangpo River with a total length of 551 km. Lhasa River passes the south area of Lhasa City from east to west, then runs south and meets Tsangpo River at Qushui.
We continue to drive along the Chuanzang Highway (also called National Highway 318).
At the distance of 156km, we reach the Mila Pass (5013m), the highest point on the way from Lhasa to Ranwu.
Nyingchi, which literally means “throne of the sun” in Tibetan has a relatively lower altitude bestowed with the green mountain slopes, snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear rivers. Nyingchi is dubbed as “Switzerland of Tibet”. The county boasts the Namjiagbarwa Peak, and the Yarlung Zangbo Great Canyon, and the abundant nature resources.
At the distance of 457km in the late afternoon, we reach the Serjila Pass (the Seche La Pass) at the elevation of 5020m where we are lucky to see the golden summit of Namcha Barwa Mountain (or Namchabarwa and the Namjiagbarwa Peak). Namchabarwa (7787m) is selected as the most beautiful mountain in China.
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:
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
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa
4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Drak Yerpa, My trip to Drak Yerpa Monastery
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
Monks at Sera Je College at 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
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip
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