An Analysis of the Travel Patterns of Pilgrimage Groups in Lhasa Tibet

  • Gang ChengEmail author
  • Shu-zhi Zhao
  • Zong Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 617)


Religiously-influenced pilgrims are commonly seen in Lhasa, a political and cultural center in Tibet. This study observed the travel modes of pilgrims in Lhasa between 2011 and 2017. Information was gathered using questionnaires and interviews. Travel modes of pilgrims and non-pilgrims were compared to identify each group’s regular patterns. The study assessed differences in the characteristics of the Pilgrims’ travel behavior at different ages, and differences in the behavior of pilgrims with different employment statuses. Given the significant differences among pilgrims’ backgrounds, surveys were conducted with subjects of different age groups and employment types. The study’s conclusions represent the experience of local pilgrims. Transportation management departments can use this information to better understand the travel needs of pilgrims and provide a higher standard of travel services to ensure the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage. The results of this study also provide a reference for research about pilgrims in other areas, particularly in inhabited areas in Tibet. It can also provide quantitative data to support religious study in Tibet.


Pilgrims Circumambulation for prayer Travel behavior Analysis of behaviors 



We thank the Center for Tibetan Studies of Tibet University and the Bus Company of Lhasa Public Traffic Group for valuable data. The work was supported by the Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation of the Ministry of Education in China (Grant No. 17YJAZH010).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EngineeringTibet UniversityLhasaChina
  2. 2.College of TransportationJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  3. 3.College of HumanitiesTibet UniversityLhasaChina

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