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Lhasa

 

Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness, its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means limited accessibility, but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion.

Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the center of Tibet's politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendor and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.

As the beautiful capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lhasa is situated in the South Central part of the region, on the North bank of the Kyichu River (Lhasa River) in a mountain-fringed valley. This ancient sprawling city, settled 1,300 years ago, covers 30,000 square kilometers (11,583 square miles), with a population of 400,000, of which 87 percent are Tibetans. The urban population is 180,000.

Generally the period from March to October is the best time to visit Tibet. Since Lhasa is located at such a high altitude it is wise to be prepared before starting your journey. Generally speaking, due to the large temperature differences during any given day in Tibet, warm clothes should be taken to keep away the cold. However, because it also receives a great deal of sunshine, sunglasses, suntan oil, and a sun hat are indispensable items if you're traveling anywhere in Tibet.

Lhasa Tourist Attractions

    Potala Palace

    Lhasa means "sacred land" in Tibetan, and Potala Palac...

    Ganden Monastery

    Set up by the Gelug sect's founder Tsong Khapa in the 7th year of Yongl...
    Barkhor

    The Barkhor is probably the best part about Lhasa and one of the most i...
    Jokhang Temple

    Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday pilgrims from...
    Norbulingka

    NorbuLingka is named the Summer Palace; it is located about 3 kilometer...
    Drepung Monastery

    Drepung Monastery lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse, clustered...
 

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