Potala Palace

Potala Palace was built in 637 on the Red Hill at the northwest of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. At the very beginning, King Songzain Gamb (Songtsen Gampo) constructed the palace for marrying Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty and after reconstruction in 17th century, It had become the winter palace of Dalai Lama, as well as the political and religious center in Tibet.

Potala Palace is the landmark to Lhasa and the whole Tibet as well. It takes more than 100,000 sq.m. with thirteen floors soaring 117 meters on top of the hill. It can be viewed from tens of miles away. In history, the palace was once damaged in wars and lightning strike fires, and was reconstructed by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 and later expanded to Today’s scale.

There are  Red Palace and White Palace, with more than 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and around 200,000 statues. The stone walls are 3m thick in average and the base is 5m thick reinforced with copper in the foundations. Potala Palace is a museum of Tibetan history, religion and culture. In 1994, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. All of our tours in Tibet include the visit to the grand palace.

Sightseeing Notes:

1. During sightseeing inside Potala Palace, it is not allowed to have hats, take pictures and stampede thresholds.

2. All sightseeing shall be completed within one hour.

3. The daily entrance tickets are limited to 2,300 (about 700 to individual tourists and rest to travel agencies).

4. It is necessary to show ID cards or passports for entering into the site.

5. No entrance ticket is required for children below 1.3m.

6. Starting from 1st June 2012, the entrance fee is charged differently for high and low seasons. It costs 200CNY/p.p from May 1st to Oct 31st and 100CNY/p.p from November 1st to April 30th.

7. The palace is located high on the hill and little bit cold inside so tourists are kindly advised to walk slowly and bring one coat if necessary.