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Lhasa, the adminstrative capital and heart of Tibet, is one of the highest cities in the world at 3650m and the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism.


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Wikipedia - Lhasa

View of Lhasa from Potala Palace
View of Lhasa from Potala Palace

Lhasa (Tibetan: ལྷ་ས་, ; simplified Chinese: 拉萨; traditional Chinese: 拉薩; pinyin: Lāsà and sometimes spelled Lasa) is the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China. At an altitude is 3,490 metres (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. It is the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism and contain many religious sites such as the Jokhang, Potala and Norbulingka palaces. ... read more

Wikitravel - Lhasa

Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet
Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa, which means "Land of the Gods", is the heart of Tibet. Over 1,300 years old, it sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. Tourist resources are plenty, good hotels, tasty restaurants, travel agencies, Chinese department stores and supermarkets, in some parts of the city, you may find no difference to other Chinese cities, but the Tibetan influence is still strong and evident, especially around the old quarters near Barkhor.
The Eastern end of Lhasa is more prominently traditional Tibetan, focusing on the area around the Jokhang and the Barkhor. Traditionally dressed Tibetans engaged on a kora (a clockwise journey around the Jokhang, the major Buddhist shrine), often spinning prayer wheels are a common sight in that area. The Western end of Lhasa is more Han in character (i.e. Han Chinese from the east of the country). It is busy and modern, and many ways a surprise to many tourists. It is there one finds most of the infrastructure, such as banks and contact with officialdom. ... read more

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