Lhasa Barkhor Street

Lhasa Barkhor Street is an old and circular street at the center of Lhasa City. This street  is also  a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. Barkhor is the road that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. Most of Lhasa's floating population is comprised of these pilgrims. The pilgrim walk outside four columns on which colorful scripture streamers are hung, a custom began in the Tubo period as a way to show respect.
History of the Barkor Street
7th century, Tibetan king Sontzen Gampo ordered to build Jokhang Temple in Wutang Lake, and build four palaces around the lake at the same time and his concubines and subjects moved to palace personally supervised the progress of the Jokhang Temple construction. Four palaces are the earliest buildings in the Barkhor Street. After the completion of the Jokhang temple, attracted numerous pilgrims to worship, with times here gradually stepped a trail around the Jokhang Temple, which is initial Barkhor Street. Around the temple there were 18 familial buildings constructed successively, which offer accommodation for believers or businessmen who come a long way to the pilgrimage.
After the 15th century, the Jokhang Temple became the center of the spread of Buddhism, the surrounding appeared monks dorm, religious schools, small temple architecture, and many buddhist  believers move to live around the Jokhang temple, the street was gradually emerged a large number of houses, shops, hotels, manual workshop facilities, etc. With religious status deepened, Jokhang Temple Tibetan Buddhism thinks, walk clockwise around Jokhang Temple is “circumambulation”, expresses consecration and worship to Sakyamuni Buddha statue in the Jokhang temple, therefore Barkhor Street became one of three circumambulation roads in Lhasa. Later it appeared many vendors, pilgrims and vagrant come from Mongolia, Han nationality, Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan, India and other regions and countries, developed into a block that assembled in religious street, sightseeing street, customs street, cultural street, commercial street and shopping street.
What to see ?
Barkhor Street is built and devolped with the development of the Jokhang Temple, it has a history of more than 1300 years.As a famous commercial and commodity-distributing center in Lhasa, Barkhor Street consists of more than 120 handicrafts shops and more than 200 stalls. It is a good choice that should never be missed by tourists coming to Lhasa, for you can buy anything Tibet-related, from sacks of incense, chunks of yak butter to monk outfits. Barkhor is the road that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. When walking along Barkhor Street, you should move in the clockwise direction.

In Lhasa tourist restaurants Sichuan food is the mainly course, can also provide taste of western food for foreign tourists in Lhasa Holiday Inn. However, the main body of catering is Tibetan flavor, don't forget to worship heaven, earth and god when drinking. Tibetan food has no real cooking, flavor is in its original juice, c it is difficult to eat for carnivorous poor people. And unlike China inland, there is no chopstick, only the knife. As for barley wine and buttered tea, people have better to drink after taste, in case that people will have gastrointestinal discomfort in Tibet which is really in trouble. Ethnic restaurants in Lhasa also has good flavor, people can also try to taste. Lhasa has a variety of diet, in addition to bring your own favorite candy, biscuit, etc., you don't have to bring extra food. People can eat to all kinds of flavor food in Lhasa, such as the Tibetan cuisine, Cantonese cuisine, northern China food, Hunan food and so on. The most you can find is Sichuan food, which is quite popular with tourists and local people. There is a street in Lhasa that brings together the food all over the country, such as Sichuan cuisine, hot pot, all kinds of snacks and even western food, bar, etc., many visitors will chose to taste in Lhasa, that is Deji road.

Tibetan carpets, Tibetan knives, small carpets, apron, ethnic clothing, shoes and hats, gold and silver jewelry and various traditional arts and crafts, are the traditional handicrafts with strong local style and ethnic characteristics. Barkhor Street of Lhasa is the most famous commodity street in Lhasa, is the ancient and sacred place in Lhasa. In Barkhor Street visitors can stroll for a long time, you can buy souvenirs, remember to bargain. In addition, in the Barkhor Street you can also taste the authentic Tibetan diet. Tibetan medicine is famous in the world, don't miss to buy or appreciate the ganoderma lucidum, saffron, winter Chinese caterpillar fungus, Tibetan antelope horn, snow lotus, etc., and there are various compound Tibetan medicines.

Travel Tips
Add: In the heart of old Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Opening Hours: all day
Entrance fee: Free
Notice: if you buy the Tibetan knives, you can not take it into the plane, not even checked, but you can mail it through the post office. In the northern neighbor of the street, the post office in the middle of Beijing Road is the general post office in Lhasa, mail in there is much faster than in small post office.

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