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Everything You Need To Know

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa is situated amidst a striking mountain landscape just minutes from the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Buddhist temple monastery of the Potala Palace was built in the 7th century as the Dalai Lama’s primary residence. Norbulingka Palace was built in 1755 and served as the traditional summer home.

Lhasa is the capital and largest city in Tibet, whose name means “land of the gods”. It sits on Qinghai-Tibetan plateau on the banks of the Lhasa River at an altitude of 3,650 metres above sea level, and is one of the highest inhabited regions on earth. The city is surrounded by the Himalaya mountain range and steeped in over 1,300 years of history.

Guests can reach Lhasa by train on the world’s highest railway or by air via Lhasa Gongar Airport. The hotel is in the city centre, a 10-minute drive from Lhasa Railway Station and 40-minute drive from the airport. 

Visas

All foreign visitors to Lhasa must apply for a Travel Permit to Tibet. Normally, it takes 20-25 working days to process. Applicants will need to provide a resume in Chinese, a scanned copy of their passport photo page and a scanned copy of their Chinese Visa. Applicants will also need to provide the exact dates of their intended stay in Lhasa and clearly indicate their cities of departure and arrival. The travel permit must be approved before arriving in Lhasa. Guests should contact a local travel agent directly to apply for the permit. 


Currency

The local currency is Chinese Yuan (RMB).

While credit cards are accepted in hotels and department stores, expect to pay in cash in rural areas.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.18 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.90 Indian Rupee (INR)
17.74 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.2 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1.00 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some restaurants.


Tipping

Tipping is considered inappropriate and discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
10.30am - 3.30pm, Saturday & Sunday

Office Hours
9.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Shop Hours
9am - 8.30pm in Summer
9am - 7.30pm in Winter


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements while planning your trip.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa recommends drinking only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Lhasa. Bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Local residents wear traditional Tibetan dress during festivals and holidays. It is best to wear warm clothes and layer due to the drastic change in temperature between day and night, especially in the winter. Ultraviolet radiation is strong, and sun protection is necessary.  


Weather

The best time to visit Lhasa is from May to September, when the weather is warm. The temperatures between day and night can vary by as much as 15 degrees. Ultraviolet radiation during the day is very strong, and proper sun protection is required.

From October, the weather is colder and drier, and the temperature difference between day and night increases. Days are warm while nights are very cold, averaging -4℃. Winter is from November to April, with daytime temperatures above 10℃ dropping to -5℃ to -10℃ at night. Warm clothes are essential.

Altitude sickness is a risk for travellers to Lhasa. Visitors should rest well upon arrival to acclimatize.

Necessary travel items include sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat or visor and warm clothes.  

Today

Mostly Cloudy

Cloudy most of the time

High: 21°C / 69°F
Low: 9°C / 48°F

Tomorrow

Cloudy

A thick cloud cover

High: 20°C / 68°F
Low: 8°C / 46°F
Tuesday:
Thunderstorms High: 12°C / 53°F Low: 7°C / 44°F
Wednesday:
Cloudy High: 18°C / 64°F Low: 9°C / 48°F
Thursday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 19°C / 66°F Low: 8°C / 46°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan -5ºC -16ºC
Feb 0ºC -12ºC
Mar 7ºC -5ºC
Apr 16ºC 2ºC
May 23ºC 9ºC
Jun 27ºC 14ºC
Jul 28ºC 17ºC
Aug 26ºC 15ºC
Sep 21ºC 9ºC
Oct 14ºC 2ºC
Nov 4ºC -7ºC
Dec -3ºC -14ºC
Facts

Population
Approximately 590,000 for Lhasa city

Language
Tibetan, Mandarin, English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Mobile Phones
GSM 900