Top things to do in Lǐtáng

Dumplings in Lǐtáng

Tīanjīn Gŏubùlĭ Soup Dumplings

Don't be fooled by the diminutive size of this shop run by a family from Yúnnán province, because the large soup dumplings (汤包子; tāngbāozi) pack in quite a lot of taste. Be sure to ask for a dish of the spicy sauce …
Buddhist Temple in Lǐtáng

Former Residence of the 7th Dalai Lama

Kelzang Gyatso (1708–57), the seventh Dalai Lama, was born in the basement of this house during a period of intense political struggle. He eventually grew into a visionary leader, and under his rule Tibet establishe…
Buddhist Monastery in Lǐtáng

Chöde Gompa

At the northern end of town, the large Chöde Gompa is a Tibetan monastery that was built for the third Dalai Lama. Inside is a statue of Sakyamuni, believed to have been carried from Lhasa by foot. Don’t miss climbi…
Sichuan in Lǐtáng

Tiān Tiān Restaurant

Long-standing travellers’ haven run by the gregarious English-speaking chef, Mr Zheng, who can also offer expert travel advice. Food is high-quality Sìchuān fare, and the delicious potato pancakes (土豆饼; tǔdòu bǐng; …
Park in Lǐtáng

White Temple Park

Circle the White Temple (白塔; Báitǎ) with worshippers as they recite mantras and spin the massive prayer wheels, or join the locals just hanging out in the surrounding park. Turn left out of the bus station and just …
Tibetan in Lǐtáng

Tibetan Special Dishes

For authentic Tibetan food, try this simple place run by a friendly family from Tǎgōng. English isn't spoken but there's an English menu. Turn left out of the bus station; it's about 500m on the left.
Teahouse in Lǐtáng

Makye Ama Town

With a wide selection of teas (from ¥25) plus real coffee and friendly English-speaking staff, this is the most welcoming of the many teahouses that populate the upper storeys of Lǐtáng's centre.