Lhasa's guide, weather, climate and dressing
Lhasa is actually a very suitable area to live in, although the altitude is relatively high, but at the same time the climate is relatively pleasant. Therefore, most tourists will take Lhasa as the first stop for tourism into Tibet, first visiting Lhasa while adapting to the local high altitude, so that they can later visit scenic spots with better scenery and higher altitudes. When planning a tour, weather conditions are the most important factor for tourists. Because the weather in Lhasa will not only affect the viewability of the landscape, but also affect what to wear during the tour, and whether Lhasa will catch a cold or get sick.
Although we cannot accurately predict the possible weather conditions in Lhasa in the future, we can see the general pattern of Lhasa's weather according to the weather data in Lhasa's history, so that tourists can have relatively full preparation and arrangements when traveling to Lhasa.
Lhasa weather characteristics
Summer is the peak tourist season in Tibet, although there is a bit of a scorching feeling in the sun, but as long as you are in a cool place, do a good job of sun protection and shading, you can feel the cool Lhasa. And Lhasa has a lot of rain in summer, which can help cool down.
Lhasa in winter as long as there is sunshine is also very warm, and the sun is also very favored Lhasa this city, winter to Lhasa sun is a very good choice, we have winter tour Lhasa routes for you to choose.
Plenty of sunshine
Lhasa has 3,021 hours of sunshine a year, with an average of more than 8 hours of sunshine per day, so it is known as the "City of Daylight". This is the climatic characteristic of the entire snowy plateau, due to the high altitude and sparse vegetation, so the air is thin and clean, the dust and water vapor content is low, and the atmosphere is highly transparent. When sunlight passes through the atmosphere, the energy loss of solar radiation is small, so the light is sufficient and the amount of radiation is large, which is the place with the largest amount of solar radiation in the country. Therefore, many tourists choose to go to Lhasa in winter to sunbathe and experience the unique charm of Tibet under the sunshine of the holy city.
The dry and wet seasons are obvious, and there are many nights of rain
The overall rainy season in Tibet is from May to September, starting from the Nyingchi region in the southeast and gradually decreasing in the Ali region in the northwest. The rainy season in Lhasa is from June to August, but Lhasa's many nights of rain will not affect the good weather during the next day. The night rain in Lhasa affects more Lhasa's road conditions, but at present, most of the roads opened to traffic in Tibet have been blackened by asphalt, so the rainy season in Lhasa will not affect the itinerary of ordinary tourists.
Winter in Lhasa is a dry season, with little rain and occasional snowfall. There is more rain and snowfall in spring and autumn than in winter, but not as much as in the rainy season.
There is a large temperature difference between day and night
"Four seasons in one day" is a true portrayal of Lhasa's weather and temperature. During the peak tourist season from June to September every year, the maximum temperature in Lhasa can reach 27-29°C at noon, giving people the feeling of midsummer; In the evening, the temperature began to drop to 15 °C, and people felt cool in autumn again; At midnight, the temperature drops to 0-5 ° C, and the quilt is covered all night, just like winter; After sunrise the next morning, the temperature rises back and warms like spring.
Not only summer, but also other seasons morning and evening temperature difference is also large, with sunshine and no sunshine temperature difference is also very large. Therefore, when traveling in Lhasa, you must pay attention to the change of temperature, protect against cold when it is cold, and protect yourself from the sun when it is hot.
Lhasa's air is relatively dry due to its high altitude, strong sunshine, thin clouds and strong winds. This is especially evident in winter. In winter, when there is less rain, the dryness is more obvious, and tourists in Lhasa will feel very dry both physically and on their skin, even if there is a humidifier in the hotel room.
The wind outside will be strong, which will be very comfortable weather in summer, and the wind means cool. In the colder months, the wind makes visitors prefer to stay indoors rather than enjoy the scenery in the wild. Fortunately, tourism in Lhasa is mainly based on visiting temples, and there are more havens.
What to do in Lhasa in summer (May-August)?
When you go to Lhasa in summer, you can visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and other Tibetan-style palaces and temples during the day, feel the strong and mysterious religious atmosphere, and experience the unique Tibetan customs after night. Although this season is the rainy season, it mostly falls late at night, and the sky has cleared when you wake up in the morning, which does not affect the itinerary. If it coincides with the Lhasa Seton Festival on July 1 (August of the Gregorian calendar), you can not only enjoy the Tibetan opera performance, but also have the opportunity to visit the Drepung Monastery to see its glorious and spectacular scene.
Guide to dressing in Lhasa in summer
The top can be selected in the form of a combination of long sleeves + thin jacket; Pants can be in the form of long trousers; Shoes can choose general sneakers; Underwear underwear is suitable to choose pure cotton (Tibet's climate is really dry, not cotton underwear underwear will produce more static electricity).
During the day, when the sun comes out, the outdoor temperature will be a little high, ultraviolet rays are very strong, it is not recommended to wear shorts and shorts, please pay attention to sun protection. During the day, the indoor temperature is very refreshing, a long sleeve is enough, and Lhasa does not need air conditioning to cool off in summer.
Summer in Lhasa is very comfortable and cool, with an average daily temperature of about 25 degrees, making it a good place to escape the heat. Although it is in the rainy season and it rains many nights at night, but the good weather with many sunny days is the peak season for Lhasa tourism, it should be noted that the temperature in Lhasa is cool in the morning and evening in summer, so be careful not to catch a cold.
What to do in Lhasa in autumn (September-November)?
Autumn in Lhasa is golden yellow, golden leaves, golden roofs, golden sunshine. At this time, Lhasa's autumn is refreshing, and the number of tourists is gradually decreasing, and Lhasa adds a more quiet temperament. There are also fewer people visiting the temple, and visitors have the opportunity to have a sacred place to themselves. Starting in October, the rainy season in Lhasa has ended, and ginkgo biloba leaves along the Lhasa River dot the city. Stroll along the sidewalks along the coast and enjoy the gorgeous scenery unique to this plateau.
Autumn Lhasa dressing guide
In Lhasa in autumn, the chill is gradually rising. However, autumn in Lhasa is very short, and the temperature is similar to that in spring, but the climate is drier, mainly a little cool in the morning and evening, and the temperature is still very comfortable during the day.
At this time, go to Lhasa, pants can choose the matching form of generally thick autumn pants + generally thick outer pants; Clothes can choose the matching form of thicker autumn clothes + generally thick sweaters + generally thick coats. Shoes can choose general sneakers, underwear and underwear are mainly cotton.
What to do in Lhasa in winter (December - February)?
Winters in Lhasa are long and a little cold, but not as cold as everyone thinks, even warmer than most cities in northern China. Lhasa's winter streets are much cooler, but the sun is still shining. Every Tibetan New Year, the streets of Lhasa are much livelier, and it will be a unique experience to join the Tibetan people at this time.
Winter (November - February) Lhasa Dressing Guide
What to wear to Lhasa in winter? Top: thick autumn coat + thick sweater + thick jacket (it is more ideal to have a down jacket); Pants: thicker autumn pants + thicker sweatpants (sweatpants can not be worn, wearing is relatively bloated, mobility is inconvenient); Shoes should be chosen with good warmth, otherwise the feet are cold; Underwear and underwear should be made of pure cotton.
Tip: Small hand socks, hats, scarves and other small things are armed, and the warmth effect is good.
The weather in Lhasa is warm in winter and cool in summer, with long sunshine hours throughout the year, strong sunshine, and large temperature differences between day and night. Summer is rainy, mostly rainy at night, and the weather is cool and comfortable, so it is the most comfortable season in Lhasa and the peak season for tourism in Tibet. It is relatively warm in winter when there is sunshine, so when you go to Lhasa in winter, you will see many locals and tourists basking outdoors, but it may be dry because of the wind, so pay attention to moisturizing.
In terms of dressing, you still need to prepare winter clothes to go to Tibet in summer, but you can only use it when you go to high-altitude areas such as Mount Everest Base Camp, daily ordinary summer clothes can be, summer clothes are mainly for sun protection, and winter is mainly for wind protection. Warm clothing for the cold and cold is required throughout the year.
To travel to Tibet, whether it is only tourists to the city, or tourists who will take outdoor sports routes, you must wear hiking shoes, one is that the road conditions in some places are very poor, protect your feet, and the other is that the waterproof and warm performance of hiking shoes is better. Sleeping bags can be carried according to their own needs, Lhasa's accommodation conditions are relatively good, but if you want to go to Mount Everest Base Camp, Ali and other areas of many places accommodation conditions are not very good, sleeping in your own sleeping bag is warm and hygienic.
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