Transportation & Accommodation around Potala Palace
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Transportation & Accommodation around Potala Palace

Update: Aug. 13th, 2013

Potala Palace in Dawn

Noted as the most valuable historical and cultural site in Tibet, Potala Palace has been listed as the first 5A class scenic spot in 2013. The number of visitors comes to Tibet increases after the world famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway was put into operation, and Potala Palace has been one of the must-visit spots for tourists both at home and abroad. There is even strict limit on the daily number of visitors in the peak season. As a professional Tibet tour operator in Lhasa, Tibet Tour would like to provide information regarding the transportation and accommodation around Potala Palace for tourists' reference.

Transportation around Potala Palace

Potala Palace is located in the center of the down town of Lhasa City. It enjoys a pretty convenient transportation. Tourists in Lhasa City could get to Potala Palace in different ways, including taking the bus, taxi and tricycle. For tourists rest in the hotels near Potala Palce, taking the tricycle would be a good choice. It is a special experience to witness the street view in Lhasa on a slowly running bicycle. If your hotel is a little far away from Potala Palace, it would be a better choice to take a taxi. For domestic tourists, taking a bus would be an economical way. But, for foreign tourists, it is not a good choice to take a bus to Potala Palace due to the language problem.

Tourists making a Tibet private tour, Tibet Tour would always arrange a private vehicle with an experienced driver for you. And you don't have to be worried about the transportation problem at all. It should be noted that the vehicle rental fee is much higher between July and September compared to the other seasons since the vehicles in Lhasa are in pretty large demand in the high season of Tibet tour.

Accommodation around Potala Palace

There are numerous hotels around Potala Palace. Tourists in Lhasa could choose the hotel according to your own preference and budget. If you are willing to rest in a better conditioned hotel with 24 hours hot water supply, air condition and personal bathroom, the star hotels are good choices. For domestic tourists willing to meet more friends from different corners of the world, the youth hostels are wonderful choices. For visitors extremely interested in Tibetan folk customs, it is a good choice to choose a Tibetan family guesthouse. Foreign tourists in Lhasa should note that not all the guesthouses and hotels in Tibet are approved to receive foreign tourists.

Actually, Lhasa City is not as big as any other domestic cities. It takes less than half an hour to get to Potala Palace from hotels in different corners of Lhasa City. The advantage of choosing a hotel near Potala Palace is that it is more convenient to take a walk and enjoy the amazing night view of Potala Place after the sunset. Generally, the newly opened luxury hotels in Lhasa are relatively far away from Potala Palace compared to some old hotels.

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