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I was in Lhasa with a small group and decided to go alone to watch the Potala Palace, as well as the square in front of it, illuminated at night
I was staying in a hotel located in a pedestrian street,Yutuo Road, but I have seen a wide avenue not far from it that I supposed, was the way to arrive at the Potala Palace
So when it was night I walked along Yutuo, taking photos at the artistic and colorful lights along the street, once arrived at the intersection of Street and Avenue I stopped and began ( the way beggars do) to ask at young people (supposed to know some English),

Do you speak English?
Do you speak English?
Do you speak English?

Finally a couple stopped and asked me what I needed
I told them that I wanted a rickshaw to take me to the Potala Palace and wait for me while I stayed there and in the square and then return at this same place and also to arrange the price
No need to say that I did it because I noticed people of rickshaw only spoke Tibetan or Chinese
They agree and call a rickshaw told he what I wanted and there I went, alone with few local money and the camera in a backpack
We were some time along the avenue and then turned left and… a marvel occurred
At the back of the avenue full illuminated was the Potala Palace and music and dancing lights come from the fountain situated in front of the Potala, the all made a great impact of incredible beauty
I must have said some exclamation because the boy of the rickshaw turned his head and smile to me, he was clever , he understood perfectly well what I wanted to do and by signs, when he drop me in front of the Potala, explained where he will wait for me
I went where I saw people taking photos, walk a little enjoying the great view, took a last photo (the one I am posting) and then all of a sudden there was silent and the lights turned off, I took another photo at the now dark Palace (only a second before) posted in the WS and quit the place

Conclusion and tip
A pity must have gone earlier with time to enjoy the music of the fountain witch water change color and forms at the music’ rhyme, the square and the views of the Palace
So, once in Lhasa, keep it in your mind

Potala Palace

Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point.
Potala Palace is composed of 2 parts, the Red Palace as the center and the White Palace as two wings.

The Red Palace or Potrang Marpo is the highest part in central Potala Palace that is completely devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer. It was painted to red to represent stateliness and power.

The White Palace or Potrang Karpo once served as the office building of Tibet local government makes up the living quarters of Dalai Lama. The wall of the palace was painted to white to convey peace and quiet.

Adminssion Fee: CNY 100 (Nov. 1-Apr. 30); CNY 200 (May 1-Oct.31)
Free for children under 1.3m and the old aged above 70.
Travel Tips: Only 2300 tickets are issued each day, 1600 for the travel agents and 700 for individual tourists.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 except holidays and major events

Travel Tips:
1. The travel route of Potala Palace is set strictly. Tourists all have to enter from the east main entrance.
2. The travel time is limited in 1 to 1.5 hours.
3. Note that expect the toilet at the right side of the White Palace Square, there is no rest room during the route of the rest time. The water closet at the back gate of the White Palace is said to be distinctive and worth a try.
4. Watch your steps due to the high altitude. Bring along an overcoat as it is a bit cold and damp in the hall.

Notice:
1. Any kind of liquid is not allowed in Potala Palace, including beverages and mineral water, which yet can be purchase at a cost of CNY10 for one bottle at the hill top
2. Oxygen Bag is prohibited.
3. Be aware of the taboos of Tibetan Buddhism during the visit.
Don't wear a hat or sunglasses; don't step on the doorsill; don't smoke in the halls; don't take photos in the palace although it is allowed outside the palace

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