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The Best Time for Traveling to Lhasa

The Best Time for Traveling to Lhasa

The best time for you to visit Lhasa is from August to October. During this period, local weather is warm and humid, which is completely different from the dry and windy weather of winter. Lhasa enjoys a reputation as “the City of Sunshine”. It is mild all year round, without being too hot in summer or too cold in winter. Lhasa welcomes its highest temperature in June with an average temperature of 23℃ and its lowest in January with an average temperature of -10℃. Though low in precipitation, Lhasa has distinct humid and dry seasons with rainfall in July, August and September.

If you go to Lhasa in summer or autumn, you can visit Tibetan temples such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Monastery, the Drepung Monastery, etc. in order to experience the religious life during the day and visit a Tibetan bar in the evening. Rain tends to fall during the night but should clear up by the time you awake in the morning, so no worries about the rain disrupting your travel plans. If you happen to visit Lhasa during the Sholton Festival on July 1 of the Tibetan calendar (August in Gregorian calendar), you can not only appreciate the Tibetan opera performances, but also have an opportunity to see ceremonial display of a huge portrait of Buddha all by yourself.

If you go to Lhasa in winter or spring, you can not only enjoy discounted tickets due to a slump in tourism, but you will also get a perfect chance to take a bath in the plateau hot spring (in winter) and can do some snow mountain climbing (in spring). Enjoying the hot spring in winter gives you an opportunity to admire the view of distant snow-capped mountains and whirling snowflakes. The sense of romance and comfort is beyond description. While spring is the time for windy and rainy seasons, it provides ideal weather conditions for you to do some mountain climbing. Besides, there are several peaks that are available for an adventure. You’ll surely regret it if you don’t give it a shot.