If you’re planning things to do in Tibet as part of your China travel adventure it pays to do your research well in advance to ensure maximum appreciation of this unique destination. If this is one of your ‘must see’ places, keep in mind that Tibet remains a holy place, both for Tibetans and those making the pilgrimage from across the globe. As such, planning what to do in Tibet warrants the kind of care and attention a mountaineer would bring to any ascent that reaches thousands of meters into the seeming heavens. Tibet’s ethereal heights truly reflect the sanctity of this most beautiful destination, and it follows that the many sights and activities to be experienced make a visit here the kind of travel memory created only once or twice in a lifetime. Read more
Undoubtedly there are many Tibet highlights, even if you venture no further than Lhasa itself. Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Circuit, and Sera, Drepung, and Ganden Monasteries all captivate, while the surprisingly diverse landscapes to be found in and around Namtso Lake, which are remarkable at such altitudes, make for unrivaled photographic opportunities. Even with limitations on travel within and around Tibet, international travelers will find both curiosity and travel fever satisfied, even if stopping for only three or four days as part of a longer China tour.
If Tibet’s been on your destination list for a good while, let’s make the job of choosing things to do easy for you with our local guides’ top picks.
It can be easy to think your options for heading out in Lhasa are limited to daytime adventures but that’s not the case. Of course Lhasa is not downtown Shanghai, yet for the visitor wanting a taste of local life beyond the monasteries and reverential atmosphere to be found at most sights, there is fun to be had at night. Here are just a few suggestions from our guides on the ground.
For yet another experience of Tibetan traditional singing and dancing, be sure to visit a Langma hall. This is a venue that is a nightclub where traditional Tibetan music and dance is performed and enjoyed alongside modern music. Once the domain of traditional court music, Langma was one of two classical Tibetan song forms performed in these halls, however, with the changing of times, both locals and visitors can enjoy the mix of modern and traditional in a relaxed environment.