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In addition to the culinary and scenic treats that the high altitude and barren landscape have fostered, Tibet’s primary allure lies in its unique Buddhist practices.

Things to do in Tibet

Butter Tea

Visit the lively teahouse next to Snowland Hotel to rub shoulders with local Tibetans and sip butter tea, slightly oily black tea flavored with yak butter, or sweet tea which uses milk and sugar.

Just off the Barkhor, next to Snowland Hotel, Tibet,
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All of the profits from this shop near Lhasa’s Muslim quarter go to Tibetan artisans. Shop for wares like handmade clothing, toys, musical instruments, and jewelry.

Barkhor, Tibet,
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Khamba La Pass

This scenic 17,000-foot pass overlooks the brilliantly blue Lake Yamdrok Tso. The scenic drive up is almost as stunning as the lake views from the top.

Between Lhasa and Gyantse, Tibet,
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Potala Palace

The overwhelming size (think tens of thousands of shrines and halls) and beauty of Tibet's religious and governmental headquarters, has been enhanced by every Dalai Lama. Unfortunately, it is now owned and operated by Chinese authorities.

Lhasa, Tibet,
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Sera Monastery

The Chinese influence can hang like a damp rag in the air of Lhasa, but this monastery 2.5 miles north of the city offers a glimpse into the life of Tibetan Buddhist monks. Observe rituals and prayers and admire the statues of deities and saints.

Lhasa, Tibet,
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