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Shopping in Lhasa Tibet

Tibet is unlike any other place on earth. The culture, people, and natural beauty of the ‘top of the world’, offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors. Because of the unique culture of Tibet, the Tibetan arts are unique and few visitors can leave without purchasing some of the traditional Tibetan crafts.

One of the most popular items with visitors is the Tibetan Thangka, a Buddhist painting. Made with bright colors and complicated artistry, the Thangkas are made by embroidery or painting, with painting being the most common. They are beautiful works of art.

The costumes of the Tibetan people are beautifully colorful and were designed to help withstand the harsh Tibetan climate. The aprons worn by women and traditional hats are very popular items with visitors.

Although difficult to bring home, Tibetan furniture is also a very popular item. The wooden furniture is brightly painted with Buddhist symbolism.

The traditional knives of the Tibetan people are used as a necessity of life with the Tibetan people and are also very popular with visitors. These beautiful knives cannot be brought onboard planes, but can be mailed back to your home.

Tibetan silver and gold jewelry is very popular. Each piece is one of a kind and they are wonderful gifts for friends back home. It is important to buy from reputable dealers and to compare prices before purchasing any jewelry.

Shopping in Lhasa - The most popular shopping areas in Lhasa is Barkhor Street. (LINK) The street surrounds the Jokhang Temple and is lined with shops selling traditional Tibetan objects.

The Tibet Autonomous Region is one of the five autonomous regions in China. Its capital city Lhasa is a political, economic, and cultural center, a well-known historic city, and is located at the north bank of Lhasa River, tributary of the Yalung Zanbo River. More and more supermarket and department stores appear everywhere in Tibet, making it more convenient for local people to do daily shopping and for visitors to buy souvenirs. Compared with other cities and regions, Tibet boasts more products thanks to the plentiful natural and cultural resources and its unique ethnic culture. Many special products are worth buying, for example, Tibetan medicine, Tibetan joss sticks, Tibetan strolling paintings, Tibetan bags, jewelry, garments and accessories, etc.

Barkhor Street
During your visit to Tibet, Barkhor Street is a place you mustn't miss besides such long dreamed places as Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Drepung

Monastery. It is the most famous small commodities market and the pilgrims walk in Lhasa. Visitors can buy genuine Tibetan handicrafts and have a taste of real Tibetan food in Barkhor Street. Other Shopping Areas in LhasaOther Shopping Areas in Lhasa

Apart from the Barkhor Street, below are some recommended shopping places in Lhasa:
Saikang Plaza
Kangni Garment Co.Ltd.
Nationality Handicraftes Market of Chengguan District
Antique Store of Tiebet Autonomous Region
Shopping Area Rank
Barkhor Thangka Gallery
Duosenge Lu Fontainebleau Gallery
Lagang Clothes Shop
Lhasa Department Store
Manual Thangka Specialty Shop
OZARK Specialty Shop
Potala Thangkas Gallery
Tianjie Outdoors Shop
Xiamao Gabu Antique Shop