Potala Palace, situated in the west part of Lhasa, is actually an architecture group situated on an extremely high mountain in the northwest of Lhasa, consisting of temples, palaces, dormitories and office areas.
Except the name Potala Palace, some Tibetans also call this mysterious architecture the 2nd Putuo Moutain, because they believe that this place is also for divinities who would always bless them. The reasons of why people built the Potala Palace vary. Some say the Songain Gambo built it to enhance his political power, by preventing enemies from outside. Others say Songzain Gambo, the King of Tubo, in order to marry the princess of Tang Dynasty, declared the start of this miracle. After the restoration 10 17th century, the Potala Palace became the White House in Tibet of every Dalai Lama and the the political center as well. It is of Tibetan characteristics, leaning against the huge mountain. The Potala Palace has earned the name “heaven of arts”, for numerous invaluable treasures are collected within. The State Council of the people's Republic of China announced that the Potala Palace had been chosen to be one of the national cultural relic protection units in 1961. In 1994, it was listed as one of the World’s Culture Heritages by UNESCO.
Potala Palace is located on the mountain of northwest Tibet Lhasa, and near to another famous attractions of Lhasa: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. Covers an area of over 130,000 square meters, more than 110 meters high, more than 360 meters from east to west, the height is 3650 meters above sea level. 13-story palace building is a large-scale castle-style construction. Whole building covers an area of over 100,000 square meters, having thousands rooms, is an important symbol of Lhasa. Every festival, Tibetan Buddhism Buddhists of all nationalities packed the gate, it becomes famous Buddhist shrine. In 1961, the Potala Palace became the first batch of national key cultural relics protection units by the PRC State Council announced. In 1994 the Potala Palace became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ticket Strategy
1. Height under 1.30 m’s children is free tickets and tickets.
2. Disabled veterans, retired cadres, please purchase tickets with valid documents, 30% off.
To control the number of visitors, in 2006 began to restrict visitors to 2,300 people per day, of which 1,600 provided to travel agencies, 700 provided to the individual. FIT visit the Potala Palace need in advance to line up, in turn receive a free ticket voucher Potala Palace, with ticket voucher to ticket the next day to visit. Potala Palace take the implementation season and off-season prices since June 1, 2012. Season is May 1 to October 31 every year, the fare is 200 yuan. Off-season is November 1 to April 30, 100 yuan. Note: the price before adjustment is 100 yuan, without the distinguish seasons or off-season June 1, 2012 onwards, the Potala Palace attraction tickets prices increased. Among them, the Potala Palace scenic season ticket prices raised to 200 yuan / person, doubled.
Firstly,the guide of Tibet Travel CITS will take you the the main entrance of Potala and give the ticket to you,then take you to those place in it:
The East Courtyard — The Gallery of the White Palace — The East Youjiyuanman Hall — The Sunlight Hall — The Hall of Maitreya — The Golden Top — The Tancheng Hall — The Shushengsanjie Hall — The Longevity Hall — The Stupa Hall of the 13th Dalai Lama — The Shangshi Hall — The Stupa Hall of the 7th Dalai Lama — The Hall of Guanyin — The Stupa Hall of the 8th Dalai Lama — The The Stupa Hall of the 9th Dalai Lama — The Shilun Hall — The Hall of Amitayus Buddha — The Fawang Cave — The Puxianzhuisui Hall — The Xiangluo Hall — The Gallery of the Red Palace — The West Youjiyuanman Hall — The Putidaocidi Hall — The Chiming Hall — the Stupa Hall of the 5th Dalai Lama — The Shixi Hall.