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“Get a feel of tibet” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street
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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch
Ranked #2 of 88 things to do in Lhasa
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Owner description: Located in the heart of old Lhasa, this circular route is the oldest street in the city dating back to the foundation of the Jokhang
Manila, Philippines
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“Get a feel of tibet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is a great place to watch the locals walking around and praying. There are hundreds of shops lined around and just a wonderful place to hang around. Choose one of the roof top cafes and bask in the glorious weather. It is very safe to walk around here because there are police stations at almost every corner.

We went to one of the local hospitals here to learn more about tibetan medicine. It is just near Lhasa Kitchen. We also got some meds/herbs such as the snow chrysanthemum, saffron and black fungus. We made sure to visit the one that is for locals and not one that has many foreigners. You can also buy tons of souvenirs in front of the hospital but make sure to haggle and haggle. You'll see a lot of stones, yak butter, cowboy hats, boots, relics etc. You can get the item at about 1/3-1/2 of the original price.

Visited October 2013
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“Colourful and ever changing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Great for people watching. Walk with the crowd and or watch from one of the rooftop restaurants. Avoid the market which reaches all the way to Potala Palace - mass produced chinese made souvenirs. Some more authentic shops in the alley ways leading away from the main route and the muslim quarter is nearby too.

Visited October 2013
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Magnolia, Arkansas
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“Amazing street vendors with true Tibetan items”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

Be prepared to haggle!!! It is a national pastime of the Tibetan people. No price is set in stone and you can get some great deals on Tibetan items that will help you remember your trip here.

Visited October 2013
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“Last of old Lhasa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Barkor Street and Jokhang Temple make up the spirtual heart of Lhasa. Pilgrims with prayer wheels, yak butter and beads circle the temple while hundreds prostrate themselves in front of the temple. It was humbling to see these devoute Tibetians, knowing that their culture is being diluted. PLA lookout posts on top of buildings throughout the square attempt to be unobtrusive but are eeirly present.
While there are many things to buy, the trick is finding things that are actually made in Tibet, or at the least, buy from the Tibetans. Even if you don't "need" another bead bracelet, the women in the street stalls are stringing them so you can make a small contribution to the local economy. My prayer flags will be a reminder of this special place.

Visited September 2013
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“Crazy shopping experience. Buy real antiques manufactured yesterday!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

This is a crazy street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Join the pilgrims and walk clockwise, but don't forget to stop and make some purchases. I liked the Yak T shirts and the "old" Tibetan singing bowls. Bargaining is a must. Start low and be prepared to move up and then walk away. And do it all with a smile. I shopped mostly at the stalls but the shops are also good. Don't expect anything to be a real antique, just buy what you like and enjoy.

Visited September 2012
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