Lhasa is quite a large city in the highlands of the Tibet, at an altitude of 3490 metres, in the China. The city's climate is cool semi-arid due to the altitude. During the summer, the average temperature is +16 C and in winter -2 C. Most of the rainfalls come from April to September. The city is mainly divided into two parts, one of which is mostly Chinese, modern and similar to any other city in China. Eastside whereas is mainly Tibetan area, and there is also the 1300 years old Temple of Jokhan, the palaces of the Dalai Lamas, a large market and traditionally dressed Tibetans. The city's biggest danger is altitude sickness, which can even be deadly if you fly directly to Lhasa. It is also good to note to not show the pictures of Dalai Lama's to the monks or locals.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Lhasa forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Lhasa is a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $33.28, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $96.49, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Basic hotel: $49.50
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.31
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $4.91
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.04
- Meal, McDonalds: $5.23
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.18
Lhasa has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 69.3 (better than United states average 48.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 76.2 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 65.0 (better than United states average 41.8)
More information: Lhasa safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
- Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
- Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
- Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.