Tibet Potala Palace extended its business hours for summer travel rush in 2012. The new business hours are now from 7:30 a.m. to 6:40 p.m each day. And the new schedule will last till the end of October this year.
Tibet Potala Palace is situated on Potala Mountain in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region. The Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century, for the wedding of the Tibetan king Songtsan Gompo and Princess Wencheng of the Tang Empire. The Potala Palace, built on a mountain slope over 4000 m above sea level, is known as the Pearl on the Roof of the World. Its construction and furnishing reflect the superb skills of ancient artisans and the great attainments of Tibetan architecture.
In order to minimize potential damage to the ancient lumber-and-dirt structure, the Tibet tourism administration has limited the number of daily visitors to Potala Palace to 4,000 starting from July this year. Visitors are requested to make reservations a day in advance and tours are restricted to an hour. About 100 visitors are admitted to the Potala Palace every 20 minutes in order to minimize crowding.
With a history of 1300 years, the Tibet Palace is perched on craggy hills in the heart of Tibet’s capital of Lhasa. It was inscribed on the UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage sites in 1994.