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About Lhasa city

Lhasa, literally "Place of the Gods" ' in the Tibetan language,

is located at 3,650m on the north bank of Lhasa River, a tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo River. It is also dubbed the"City of Sunlight as it receives over 3,000 hours of sunshine in a year. This historic city is the capital of Tibet, as well as its political, economic, and cultural centre. Lhasa is a mysterious land. As the saying goes, "No one can see through this city, and much remains unex-plored. " It is home to Potala Palace,Jokhang Monastery. Barkhor Street, Norbulingka, and many more. One can always find a place in Lhasa to soothe one's weary heart and soul

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Best visit places in Lhasa
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Potala Palace stands on the Red Hill at the heart of Lhasa city. This"Pearl on the Roof of the World" was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to greet his bride Princess Bhrikuti and Princess Wencheng in the 7th Century.It is a landmark of Lhasa and the Tibetan Plateau, besides being the centre of power for Tibet in the past. Unfortu-nately, the ancientpalace was destroyed in the 8th century. In the 17th century, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama started the construction of the modern Potala Palace, which was completed in three years. As many as 13 storeys of the main buildings soar 117 metres high. It features Red Palace and White Palace. The Red Palace constitutes principal halls as well as chapels and shrines of past Dalai Lamas,while the White Palace used to be the dwelling of the former Dali Lamas and the office buildings of the Tibet local government. This highest ancient palace in the world stores a treasure of antiques and artefacts. It also houses the unique legacy of Snow Culture. Every Tibetan lucky enough to enter Potala Palace gets a lifetime experience.

Chagpori Hill  Sitting at an elevation of 3,725m, Chagpori Hill is situated southwest of Potala Palace. Beijing Road passes between it and the Red Hill on which Potala Palace is located. The viewing platform on its hillside is the best location to take photos of Potala Palace. The back of the 50-yuan note was shot here.Photographers would gather here early morning, waiting to shoot the first ray of sunlight over Potala Palace. Moreover,the cavetype temple in the east of Chagpori is carved with the status of King Songtsen Gampo, Princess Bhrikuti, and Princess Wencheng.

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Jokhang Temple Situated in the heart of the old Lhasa city, Jokhang Temple  was first built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo and his two brides: Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. The four-storey main hall demonstrates a combination of Tibetan, Han, Indian, and Nepalese styles. It also integrates a Mandala world outlook of Buddhism, in which the Main Assembly Hall sits in the centre, representing the core of the universe. Highlight of the monastery is the Buddha Hall, which stores a 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue brought by Princess Wencheng from Chang'an, the capital of Tang Dynasty. Jokhang Temple is the most glorious of the existing Tubo-style architectures. It is also the earliest wood-and-earth building in Tibet and the first ceiling-type temple of Tibetan style. After rounds of renovation and expansion over generations, it now sprawls roughly 25,100 m?. It con-sists of five golden roofs and 108 halls.Moreover, it is also home to the Buddhist Centre of Tibet. The Ganden Phodrang government established by the Dalai Lama had most of its meetings in the two-storey loft above the court. It witnessed an array of key religious and political events, including the'"Golden Urn".

Barkhor Street In a narrow sense, Barkhor Street refers to an area of narrow streets for devotional circumambulation around Jokhang Temple. In a broader sense, it refers to a residential area composed of connected alleys around Jokhang Temple. This millennia-old street is an epitome of Tibetan folk customs and traditions. The circumambulation next to Jokhang Temple is the most bustling part of Barkhor Street. As Jokhang Temple boasts a high. religious stature, a large number of Tibetan Buddhists throng this place 

for circumambulation around Jokhang Monastery, an action to worship Shakyamuni statue in Jokhang Temple. In this way,Barkhor Street has become one of the Top Three

Circumambulations in Lhasa.This is a must-visit spot. Tourists can buy souvenirs,

experience folk customs and tradition, and appreciateassorted ancient architectures at

this venue.

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Ramoche Temple Located on Xiaozhaosi Road, north of Beijing Road,Ramoche Temple was built in 641 A.D, with Princess Wencheng laying the foundation stone. Though smaller and less well known compared to Jokhang Monastery, Ramoche Temple has its distinct characteristics.It is a combination of Han and Tibetan architectural styles. Built by Han craftsmen brought by Princess Wencheng,Ramoche Temple clearly reflected Han and Tang styles. However, following repeated fires and reconstruction, Ramoche Temple now features a distinctive Tibetan style,

and the past Tubo glory only remains in the 10 pillars and their fine carvings of lotus, flowers, grass,clouds, as well as om mani padme hum and precious jewellery.Moreover, roaming on Xiaozhaosi Road and getting acloser look at the urban life of locals is also a great choice.

Norbulingka, literally the"Jewelled Park", served as the traditional summer residence

of Dalai Lamas. It stores a great deal of relics and jewellery. With more than 300 rooms, Norbulingka is by far the largest, finest garden in the history of Tibet. This amazing garden grows a substantial quantity of plants and flowers of all kinds, as well as plenty of trees, shaping itself as a"Shangri-La" Norbulingka is roughly 1 km long and 500 m, wide.It is convenient to tour this place by foot. The garden is divided into three parts: the front pavilion zone in the east; the central palace zone in the middle; and Gold Lingka zone of plants and jungle in the west.

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Gandan monastery is situated 60km east of Lhasa and  it is south bank of Lhasa River,boasting an altitude of 3,800m. was founded in the 14 century (1409)by Tongka pa himself. named after the paradise op the future Budha Maitreya. Ganden was the first and leading (Geluk pa monastery. constructed by Trongka pa himself. It  is one of the Three biggest Ge-lukpa monasteries in Lhasa.The monastery has always been a symbolic shrine to all the disciples of the Gelugpa school. The monarstery has two mian colleges know as Sharkse (east pait, and Jangtse( north point). were respectively founded by two of Tsongkapa’s closest disciples, Namka Pelsanypo Neten Rongyelwa. There is also a tantric college. established by another of Trongka,pa's students. Je Sherap Senge.

Norbulingka, literally the"Jewelled Park", served as the traditional summer residence

of Dalai Lamas. It stores a great deal of relics and jewellery. With more than 300 rooms, Norbulingka is by far the largest, finest garden in the history of Tibet. This amazing garden grows a substantial quantity of plants and flowers of all kinds, as well as plenty of trees, shaping itself as a"Shangri-La" Norbulingka is roughly 1 km long and 500 m, wide.It is convenient to tour this place by foot. The garden is divided into three parts: the front pavilion zone in the east; the central palace zone in the middle; and Gold Lingka zone of plants and jungle in the west.

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