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Potala Palace

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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 small hill called (Marpo Ri) of northwest Tibet Lhasa, and near to another famous attraction 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. The 13-story palace building is a large-scale castle-style construction. The whole building covers an area of over 100,000 square meters, having thousands of rooms, is an important symbol of Lhasa. Every festival, Tibetan Buddhism Buddhists of all nationalities packed the gate, it becomes a 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.

Architectural Feature[edit]

Visit Tips[edit]

  • Notice: visitors of the Potala Palace must observe Tibetan Buddhist customs. These include not wearing a hat, not taking pictures inside the palace (outside the palace you can shoot in some locations), not stepping on the threshold, and so on. All visits are limited to an hour, therefore you are not allowed to stop anywhere inside the palace residence. After the visit, you’ll exit the Potala Palace from the north gate by the post and can walk down the mountain slopes to the main entrance to the Potala Palace. 0 of tune from covers the Potala Palace and other major tourist attractions Raiders travel routes.
  • Conditions of altitude sickness: Potala altitude is 3750 m above, the plain people should pay attention to prevent altitude sickness when to the Potala Palace, always well prepared is always right. There are two general methods suitable for two types of people for the prevention of altitude sickness in Tibet, one is relatively ample preparation time, you can start taking two weeks altitude medicine before Tibet, the other is coming into the possession of the short-term, without sufficient preparation time, you would have to choose fast-acting medicine, you can take it when arriving Tibet or the occurrence of altitude sickness in Tibet, two types of products can be freely combined, easy to deal with altitude sickness.

The Ticket Strategy[edit]

  • Ticketing Information: Potala Palace has the implementation of pre-integrated ticketing system restricted, limiting the number of visitors is 2,300 people a day (about 700 individual tickets), after 17:00 every day, it sells the next day and later tickets, the pre-sale ticket limited 4 per person, you must line up for tickets one day in advance, certificate and identity card number must be provided, according to the sequence of queuing, ticket marked on the card the next day's tour time, buy enter ticket with your ID card in the gate of Potala Palace. Learn more about Potala Palace ticket

  • Get Number Location: off-season is the main entrance, the busy season is the west gate of Potala Palace.

  • Enter Place: FIT in on main entrance of the Potala Palace, the team tourists in the southeast corner o door of Potala palace wall, for inspection, check the ID number, please be sure to bring your ID card, or you can not enter.

  • Security Information: Entering Potala need security check, all explosive, guns, knives (including nail clippers and any gadget, are likely to pry a gem of the Potala Palace.) can not be brought in.

  • The Ticket Place: after security, you are into wall, walk to the front of the Potala Palace though a ladder uphill, the White House ticket office, with ticket redemption certificates buy the real Potala Palace tickets.

  • Free admission for:

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 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.

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