The Tibet Autonomous Region is known Worldwide as the Roof of the World for its
average elevation of 4,000 meters above sea level. Tibet is charming, with its
beautiful landscape, brilliant culture, and mysterious folklore.
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is located along the banks of
the Lhasa River, a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo River. It was the capital of
the Turpan Empire in the early 7th century. Lhasa ("sacred place") has abundant
sunshine; hence its reputation as the Solar City. It is a center of politics,
economy, transport, and religious activities. There are many places of interest
in Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace, and the Jokhang Monastery.
Built in the 7th century, the Potala palace is a renowned complex
of Chinese Palatial architecture and a crystallization of classical Tibetan
architecture, and it deserves its Position as part and parcel of the world's
cultural heritage. It spreads across an area of 410,000 square meters. Beginning
from the fifth Dalai Lama, the Potala has been a venue for major religious and
political ceremonies. It is the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas.
The Jokhang Monastery, built in the year 647, is the earliest
wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. It is said that the plans of
the monastery were drawn by Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. The inscribed
tablets as well as the willow trees planted by Princess Wencheng in the year 823
in front of the monastery are historical evidence of the union of the Han and
Tibetan peoples over the centuries.
The Norpulingkha ("garden of treasures") is situated in the western suburbs of Lhasa.
It has served as the summer palace for Dalai Lamas.Barkhor Street The traditional lifestyle
and appearance of Lhasa's Old City district are well preserved in Barkhor Street. Pilgrims
turn their prayer-wheels on the street, and visitors can get everything Tibetan they could hope for.
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Pamoche Monastery, and Yamzho Yumco Lake.
Preparation for Visiting Tibet
Group visitors overseas are welcome to Tibet with a special Permission granted
by the travel agencies under the Tibetan Tourism Administration.
Domestic and Foreign Offices of the Tibetan Tourism Administration
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