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Lhasa in December

Time: 2016-09-02

 Clothing: For the temperature swings, dress in layers with a coat and trousers. The UV radiation is moderate because it is a little misty and foggy, but still cover up and wear a sun hat and sunglasses to protect yourself. You might need your coat inside Lhasa tibe hotels and restaurants because many don't have central heating. Take heavier winter gear is needed in higher mountain areas.

Altitude Sickness: Oxygen levels are much lower in Tibet, so cardiovascular conditions and other health issues are exacerbated, and most people get altitude sickness. For the best experience, acclimate before exertion or going higher than Lhasa.

Things to Do in Lhasa in December

The Tsongkhapa Festival: This is a minor festival during which prayers and chants are said. It celebrates the anniversary of the death of a monk named Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa lived in the 1300s in Tibet and wrote important volumes of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At Sera and Leprung in Lhasa, there may be processions. This festival is in November or December usually depending on their calendar.

Yambajan Hot Springs: People will be amazed to find an outdoors hot spring fed pool for swimming and enjoyment at the 4,300 meter level. It might make for a comforting winter excursion. This hot springs area is about 1½ hours northwest of Lhasa along road G109. The waters are high in sulphur.

Shop and Dine on Barkhor

Barkhor Street: It is Lhasa's shopping street. Tibetan people bow and stretch out on the pavement as a traditional Buddhist way to worship and make pilgrimages. They make their way to Jokhang Temple that is on the street. They worship outside and circle it.

In December, you can enjoy the street and the highlights with less tourists and relatively more Tibetans than during high season. Try the high protein Tibet food in the restaurants, and buy souvenirs in the dozens of stores on the street. You can get artwork and handicrafts such as Tibetan rugs, clothes, crafts and artwork, and gold and silver jewelry.

Tour Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery: This big monastery is an authentic and important monastery where monks are still trained. It is probably the most scenic and interesting monastery in tibet travel because it is on top of a scenic mountain at an elevation 4,300 meters or 14,000 feet.

It is one of Tibetan Buddhism's three main monasteries and was founded in 1409. It is only about 1½ hours away from Lhasa.

Visit Potala Palace

Visit the Potala Palace: This big palace is a world famous Lhasa landmark and recommended by UNESCO. A structure was first built in the 600s, and later in 1645, the present building was begun.

It has about a 1,000 rooms, and it is 13 stories tall. It is still used as a worship place, but it is mainly a museum. Crowds of pilgrims and locals worship during their ceremonies. Because you have to climb a lot of stairs, it is good to acclimate for two days before touring.