Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tibetan cities: Lhasa

We have every reason to visit Lhasa when coming to Tibet. Situated in the South Central part of Tibet, Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique and spiritual with an allure all of its own.

As the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lhasa 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.

Literally meaning the Holy Land or the Buddha Land in the Tibetan language, Lhasa has impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion. While in Lhasa, first visit the Potala Palace, which is a world-famous symbol of Tibet and sacred in Tibetan people's hearts. Another must-see attraction is the Jokhang Temple, richly decorated with Tibetan features, it’s the place where tourists can go to get a real taste of Tibetan culture. In addition, the three main monasteries in Lhasa are also not to be missed. They are Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

After a thousand years of vicissitudes, it has managed to retain its ancient palace, thick with religious history, its ancient temples, relics and streets whilst simultaneously keeping pace with modern society. Enjoy your time in Lhasa !

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