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Potala Palace

No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
0891-6822896,0891-6826334
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Religious Sites
Description: The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This UNESCO world heritage site is the main reason to come to Lhasa . Be prepared for lots of stairs and pushing pilgrims- but it's worth every inconvenience

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Besides the altitude,everything is excellent and the palace gives you a deeper understanding of the Tibetian's faith in Buddism.

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Barcelona, Spain
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Potala is amazing and a must visit if you go to Lhasa. The ladies make sure you're wearing long skirt or long trousers, otherwise they wouldn't let you in. It is very big and there are quite many stairs to climb, so make sure you have water and enough time before your next visit. You can't take pictures once you're... More

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Shanghai, China
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20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Why should you go to Lhasa and not see Potala. Get a ticket in advance, as they only let 2800 people in per day and you get a time slot. Great experience, the tombs of the former Dalai Lamas are impressive, the views of the Potala from the square opposite is magnificent. Worth to spend 3-4 hours there, however, in... More

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Alberta, Canada
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283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

No question about it; this is THE place to see in Lhasa. The damage done to it during the uprising against the Chinese invaders (in 1959) by the hapless Tibetans has been repaired, but the Chinese flag flies over it as a permanent desecration. Try to leave the climb to the last of your days in Lhasa. The steps seem... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

You have to be fit to climb it! In fact in Tibet you have to be fit to do all that journey. The altitude difference makes it hard at times. Potala Palace is number one attraction in the city, so be sure to do it first . It needs half a day. Theres is a watch tower across the palace... More

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Calgary, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a must for first time travelers to Tibet. This gives you a great history of not only Lhasa but Tibet as well. it is a hard climb up especially if you are feeling the effect of the Altitude but this is history like no other.

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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Though the Palace was beautiful and we certainly enjoyed seeing the different cultures, including this in our 2 week itinerary ate up 4 of our precious days due to oddly spaced flight times that go to and from Lhasa and giving a day to altitude adjustment. We went during a Buddhist festival (Shotun) and I'm certain that made everything much... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Breathtaking , it is one of the best places i ever visited , it is a pity not to see the dalai lama in his palace but this is maybe his lesson how to be detached . The energy there is superior .

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Xining, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The palace is located right in the center part of Lhasa and that is really AMAZING, breathtaking and stunning. I don't know how to express in words but it is a must see attraction.

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