Lhasa Sonam Youth Hostel
Sonam International Youth Hostel is located at 11 South De Ji Road in the heart of Lhasa, close to "Medicine King" Mountain with its stone carvings, only a 15-minute walk from the Potala Palace, and right near many restaurants and eateries. Not much farther away are such tourist sites as the Nobulinka, Tibet Museum, "Xue" Museum (a museum of Tibetan history), GuanDi Shrine, and Dragon King Park. With its access to all these spots, plus its scenic location and easy access to public transportation, this hostel is a comfortable and very convenient place to stay.
In Tibetan, "Sonam" means "eternal blessing." However, the word also embodies a deeper connotation: If people would extend righteousness and mercy, revere honesty, show humility and gentleness, maintain a peaceful attitude, and demonstrate love and compassion, then they will be eternally blessed. It is the desire of us at Lhasa's Sonam International Youth Hostel that our guest house manifest this deeper meaning and, in so doing, to bless the numerous guests that make their way to our hostel
Sonam International Youth Hostel is composed of two buildings situated on either side of a charmingly simple yet lush green courtyard. The buildings and garden together provide a refreshing blend of intimacy and openness. As you come in through the Tibet iron gates and wind past the small Tibetan stone wall, the courtyard's trees and flowers reach out to welcome and invite you in.
Both of the two buildings---a 3-story main building and a smaller 2-story wooden structure--- beautifully compliment each other across the courtyard with their typical Lhasa architecture and lattice-window style. The hostel's main building has 16 guest rooms in all, keeping it homey and personal. Each room exudes Tibetan charm, being tastefully decorated in Tibetan style. The rooms consist of standard twin rooms, 2-person rooms with double beds, 3-person rooms, and rooms for larger groups. Each room has its own private bathroom, instant hot-water pot for heating drinking water, and TV. Internet access is available in the coffee house across the courtyard and some rooms.
Within the 2-story wooden cabin-like building, coffee and food is served. Here the Tibetan red and yellow walls hang with assorted works of Tibetan art, and the dark green tables and chairs rest upon scattered brown tatami mats all melding into a single picture of beauty and comfort. Sitting inside the charming coffee house, you have a view of the lovely courtyard with its blooming flowers and fruit-bearing trees, making the interior and exterior of the hostel flow into one beautiful whole.
Sonam International Youth Hostel continues in the spirit and tradition of International Youth Hostels everywhere by bringing comfort and enjoyment to your travels!
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Breakfast Not Included
- Cable TV
- Common Room
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- Mini Supermarket
- Outdoor Terrace
- Postal Service
- Reading Light
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
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From the airport: take the airport shuttle bus (RMB25) to South De Ji Road, then follow the same direction and go ahead (towards the east)for about 100 meters,when you hit the Shanghai Building, go straight for 2-3 minutes. Our hostel is on the right hand side of the first alley.
From the train station: take the bus NO. 89 or 86 (RMB1) to South De Ji Road, then then follow the same direction and go ahead (towards the east)for about 100 meters,when you hit 'Shi Ji Guang Chang (Century Square)', follow the South De Ji road (to the west of 'Century Square') towards south, when you hit the Shanghai Building, go straight for 2-3 minutes. Our hostel is on the right hand side of the first alley.
From Lhasa Bus Station(West):
1. take the bus NO. 89 or 86 (RMB1) to South De Ji Road, then follow the same direction and go ahead (towards the east)for about 100 meters,when you hit 'Shi Ji Guang Chang (Century Square)', follow the South De Ji road (to the west of 'Century Square') towards south, when you hit the Shanghai Building, go straight for 2-3 minutes. Our hostel is on the right hand side of the first alley.
2、take the bus NO. 201 or 202 (RMB2) to South De Ji Road, where you can see Shi Ji Hotel (Century Hotel) across the road.Follow the South De Ji road (of the west side) towards north for 2-3 minutes. When you see a blue board, turn left into the small alley--welcome to our hostel:))
3、Or the most convenient way, take the taxi about RMB10 or the rickshaw about RMB4 directly to our hostel
From Lhasa Bus Station(East):
take the bus NO. 502(RMB2) to South De Ji Road, then then follow the same direction and go ahead (towards the east)for about 100 meters,when you hit 'Shi Ji Guang Chang (Century Square)', follow the South De Ji road (to the west of 'Century Square') towards south, when you hit the Shanghai Building, go straight for 2-3 minutes. Our hostel is on the right hand side of the first alley.
*There are 7 tourist sites within easy walking distance of the hostel.*
1. Medicine King Mountain (YaoWangShan) and Nearby Stone Carvings: To find this site, cross South De Ji Road diagonally to the left. Walk for 3-5 minutes up the road and you will come to the foot of the western side of this small mountain. From there you can see the stone carvings cut into the rock faces of the mountain.
Medicine King Mountain is named after Yuthog Yonten Gonpo who established Tibet's first medical institute at that location. His effigy is enshrined in a nunnery located at the foot of the eastern edge of the mountain. On the mountain there is also a temple to King GeSang (a figure central to many Tibetan folk tales and ancient history). The celebrated stone carvings (WanFoQiang or Ten Thousand Buddha Wall) are located at the southern edge of the mountain. In addition, a white stupa is situated at the junction of the northeastern foot of Medicine King Mountain and the southwestern foot of the Potala Palace's Red Mountain. (Medicine King Mountain is also home to many other small notable spots and oral legends.)
2. Potala Palace and Potala Square: To get to these two sites, walk north (left) along South De Ji Road for 2 minutes to the first intersection. This is Norbulinka Road. Here, veer to the east (right) and walk for 12-15 minutes. You will come to a white stupa in the middle of the road. Just past the stupa is the Potala Palace and square. An additional site of interest might be Xue Museum. This museum, located at the foot of the Potala Palace, has exhibits on Tibetan history.
3. Norbulinka: To visit this site, walk north (left from the hostel) along South De Ji Road for 2 minutes to the first intersection at Norbulinka Road. Turn west (left) and walk about 15 minutes to the Norbulinka front gate.
The Norbulinka, historically the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, is now a place of worship, as well as a place for fun and relaxation during the holidays. This site is a must for those who wish to see true Tibetan-style palace architecture and elegant gardens.
4. Tibet Museum: The museum is located just diagonally across from the front gate of the Norbulinka, and the time needed to reach the museum is just a little less than needed to get to the Norbulinka (see above).
Tibet Museum is Tibet Autonomous Region's foremost museum. It displays a large and diverse collection of cultural and historical objects. Not only can you admire some archaeological finds, but you can also enjoy a wide variety of world treasures. At the same time, the museum affords you the opportunity to learn about changes in Tibet from the ancient past to the present.
5. Lhasa River: To reach Lhasa River, go south (right) from the hostel and walk along South De Ji Road for 2-5 minutes and you will end up at its banks.
Lhasa River is one of the larger tributaries of the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River. It has its source in the southern foothills of the TangGuLa Mountains, and it is one of the world's highest rivers, being fed by melting snows and heavy rains. Standing at the intersection of South De Ji Road and the Lhasa River, and looking southwest (down river), you can see the bridge to the Lhasa Train Station.
6. GuanDi Shrine: To reach this shrine, walk north (left) along South De Ji Road about 2 minutes to the first intersection. Go through this intersection with Norbulinka Road and you will then be on Central De Ji Road. Continue north until the next 4-way intersection. Here you will see GuanDi Shrine on the southeast corner of the intersection of Central Beijing Road and Central De Ji Road.
GuanDi Shrine in Tibetan is called GongDeLin Temple. It is decorated in a harmonious blend of Chinese and Tibetan styles, but with an emphasis on the Chinese. Overall, the shrine is a quiet place that is tastefully adorned.
7. Dragon King Park (LongWangTan): *To reach the park from the hostel, walk north (left) along South De Ji Road to Norbulinka Road. Turn east (right) on Norbulinka Road and follow it until North Linkor Road. Turn north (left) on North Linkor Road and continue on this until the park's entrance. Altogether, the walk takes approximately 15 minutes.
This park, in Tibetan called ZomGep LuKang, means the park behind and at the foot of the Potala mountain. The park sports a small lake, flocks of birds, ancient trees, and Tibet's famous willows with their spiraling trunks. The 6th Dalai Lama cleverly built a 3-storied pavilion-style temple with a glazed tile roof. It is located on a small island in the middle of the lake. These days the park is not just a historical site but is open to the public and has a much more modern feel.