Lhasa Entertainment and Nightlife
Lhasa has not only a rich cultural atmosphere, but also a variety of entertainment activities. You can enjoy the nightview of Potala Palace, hang out on barkhor street, or just sit in a bar/cafe and drink a cup of coffee. Lhasa Entertainment and Nightlife can let you experience a different Lhasa.
Nightlife in Lhasa
Bars in Lhasa
Bars in Lhasa are mostly concentrated in the Barkhor street area.
- Low House Music Bar(矮房子音乐)
Add: Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区北京东路
- Wet Bridge(潮湿的桥)
Add: Yutuo Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区宇拓路
- Nyan Bar(念酒吧)
Add: Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区北京东路
- Ganglamedo Bar & Restaurant(岗拉梅朵酒吧餐厅)
Address: No.127, Beijing East Road, Lhasa(Across from Yak hotel)拉萨市北京东路127号(亚宾馆斜对面)
- DUNYA Restaurant & Bar(顿尼亚餐厅酒吧)
Add: No.100, Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区北京东路100号
- Lai Ke Xiang Bar(来客祥酒吧)
Add: No.37, South Section of Zangre Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区藏热路南段37号
Coffee Shops in Lhasa
- Dingfeng Cafe(顶峰美艺术咖啡厅)
Add: Intersection of Pedestrian Street and Qingu Alley, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区步行街与钦古巷交叉口
- Deleg Coffee(德乐咖啡吧)
Add: No.25, Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区北京东路25号
- THE SENSE COFFEE(藏喜)
Add: No.3, Barkhor South Street, Jokhang Temple, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区大昭寺八廓南街3号
- Spinn Cafe(风转咖啡馆)
Add: No.7-9, Beijing West Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区北京西路7-9号
- Gu Lin Fang Coffee(古林坊咖啡)
Add: Bayi Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区八一路
- Shambhala Cafe(香巴拉咖啡厅)
Add: Danjielin Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区丹杰林路
- Yunding Cafe(云顶咖啡厅)
Address: The 3rd Floor of Shangri-la Hotel, No.19, Norbulingka Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区罗布林卡路19号香格里拉大酒店3层
Entertainment in Lhasa
Take a Bath in Hot Springs
Lhasa is rich in hot spring resources with unique curative effects.
- Riduo Hot Spring(日多温泉)
Add: Rutog Township, Maizhokunggar County, Lhasa拉萨市墨竹工卡县日多乡
- Dezhong Hot Spring(德仲温泉)
Add: Dezhong Village, Mamba Township, Maizhokunggar County, Lhasa拉萨市墨竹工卡县门巴乡德仲村
- Yangbajing Geothermal Hot Spring(羊八井地热温泉)
Add: Yangbajain Town, Damxung County, Lhasa拉萨市当雄县羊八井镇
Visit a Tibetan Family
Undoubtedly, you will encounter many Tibetans in Lhasa and you must be curious about their real life. Visiting a local family is a good chance to learn about their lives. Arriving at the local house, you may find the yak dungs piled in the yard. They are stored for fuel. Entering into the house, and you will be warmly welcomed by the family in Tibetan way. You may find it enjoyable to chat with the hospitable Tibetan people. Butter tea and Zanba will be served. Don’t forget to have a taste, or you could consult the owner how to make them.
Watch Princess Wencheng Drama
Fee: 380/480/580/880/1280 CNY per person
Address: Princess Wencheng Theatre, China Tibetan Culture and Tourist Creative Park, Cijiaolin Village, Chengguan District, Lhasa
Princess Wencheng Drama is a large-scale outdoor live-action show played under the starlit sky at night, which presents the moving story of Princess Wencheng’s marriage to Songtsen Gampo. The whole performance of Princess Wencheng consists of five scenes including prosperity of Ancient Tang Dynasty, Buddhist Music of Heaven and Earth, Great Beauty of Tibetan Dance, God of the Plateau and Harmonious Beauty between Tibet and Han. It reveals the long trip of Princess Wencheng from Changan to Lhasa. Combining with the culture, history, folk-custom and natural landscape of Han and Tibet, Prince Wencheng Drama tell this moving story with ancient Chinese dance, Tibetan dance, and Tibetan Opera. Each part presents the truehearted love between Princess Wencheng and Songtsen Gampo, and shows the harmony between China’s Tang Dynasty and Tubo Kingdom. Princess Wencheng Drama becomes a must-see in Lhasa.
Draw Thangka Painting
Thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting or embroidery on cotton, silk or paper. It describes the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas, and other figures. Many Thangka Painting Stores can be found in Barkhor Street where you can take a Thangka painting. Some stores also provide drawing lessons. Therefore, tourists are able to learn how to draw a Thangka painting. This activity is highly recommended to the group of family members. It helps kids learn about the Buddhist art and cultivate their patience.
Join a Cooking Class
Whether you are a gourmet or not, Tibet cuisine is a must try if you visit Lhasa. Moreover, Cooking the tibetan cuisine will be another unforgettable experience. We strongly suggest you to join a cooking class provided by a Tibetan family. You may find it interesting and homelike. You will buy the food materials in the local outdoor vegetable market and getting them ready, cook them well and get them into your stomach finally.
Join a Festival Party
Tibetan New Year
Tibetan New Year Festival(It’s around February in the solar calendar) is a significant festival in Tibet. On the first day of the New Year Festival, the locals will celebrate the coming year in elaborate dresses. The local performances in the Potala Palace Square is played and there will be sutra-chanting in Jokhang Temple.
Shoton festival is one of the most solemn, grandest and richest festivals in Tibet. During the Shoton festival, there are grand Tibetan opera performances, so it was also called “Tibetan opera festival”. As the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage listed by the state council, the Shoton festival offers unique Tibetan cuisine, splendid Tibetan opera performances and exciting horse racing festival.
Take a Kora with Tibetan
If you are Buddhist or you just want to pray for the blessings in Holy City Lhasa, take a kora with the local people. Kora is a Buddhist activity by walking, turning prayer wheels or prostrating around the mountains, lakes, monasteries, stupas or Marnyi Stones in order to save people from any disasters. Among the pilgrimage circumanbulations in Lhasa, Nangkhor, Barkhor, and Lingkhor are major ones.