In the morning we wander around Barkhor and see Jokhang temple.We visit Jokhang and the jewelled Jowo. This precious statue was brought by Princess Wenchen from Changan (Xian) on her way to Tibet to marry the great Tibetan God king, Songtsen Gampo. In the afternoon we visit the Potala.
Barkhor and the Jokhang are the spiritual center of Tibet and destination of millions of Tibetan Pilgrims. The Jokhang, built in 767AD by Tibet's first Buddhist King, Songtsen Gampo, is the heart of this Buddhist world. We will walk the kora or pilgrim route, around the Barkhor with the early morning pilgrims. After the outside kora we enter the temple and walk the nangkhor, or inside of the temple. On the roof of the Jokhang, we can take beautiful pictures of the market and pilgrims below, and the Potala on the hill across the square.
From the Jokhang, we will head to the Potala, the former winter palace of the Dalai Lama, built on the escarpments of Red Hill and rising more than 1000m above the valley floor.
After lunch, we visit the Norbulinka, once named Jewel Park and now People's Park. The Norbulinka was the former summer palace of successive Dalai Lamas from 1755 and suffered extensive damage during the cultural revolution. Much has been rebuil and it is fascinating to see how the Dalai Lama actually lived. Painted on one of the walls is a picture of the 14th Dalai Lama and his family the only one still prominent in Tibet. Later in the day we can visit the Lukhang, set in the middle of a lake. The temple is one of the gems of Lhasa, and contains artwork related to Tibetan medical practices. Farewell Dinner and night at the hotel(3950m)