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Lhasa Tibet Travel Attractions
Lhsasa:
Lhasa, is capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. It has a history of more than 1,300 years a political, economic, cultural and transport center of the region. Lhasa has an area of 30,000 square km with a population of 400,000. Lhasa is home to the Tibetan, Han as well as other ethnic groups, but the Tibetan ethnic group makes up about 80 percent of the total population.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace "Lhasa" means “sacred land” in Tibetan, and Potala Palace, the architectural wonder in the center of Lhasa, is the symbol of that sacred land. The Potala Palace is 117 meters high atop the Red Hill in Lhasa. It was built over 1,300 years ago in the 7th century.

Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple was called "resa" at first and later changed to be called "jokhang" to mean "Buddhist chapel" in the Tibetan language. The Jokhang Temple is one of Lhasa's holiest shrines, first built in 647 A.D. in celebration of the marriage of the Tang Princess Wencheng and the Tubo King Songtsen Gampo. Located in the center of old Lhasa, the temple was set up by craftsmen from Tibet, China, and Nepal and hence the different architectural styles.

Bakhor Street
Bakhor_Street Bakhor, also named as Baghor, is the oldest street in Lhasa,encircling the circular street of the Jokhang Temple, a distance of 500 m. Barkhor Street is a trading site as well as religious center The goods for sale here exemplify local Tibetan culture and artefacts.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was first built in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa under the patronage of a noble family and later widened by the Fifth Dalai Lama. The second, third and forth Dalai Lama once lived here.

Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. It was built in 1419 by a pupil of Tsongkhapa. It is located on the southern slope of the Serawoze Mountain in the northern suburbs of Lhasa. Each year it will hold the grand Sera Bungchen, which attracts Buddhists from all over the world.

Norbulingka Monastery
Norbulingka Monastery Norbu Lingka, which means "precious garden" in Tibetan, was the summer residence of many generations of Dalai Lamas, while Potala Palace was their winter residence. It lies one kilometer to the west of the Potala. It is a park first used as a bathing place by the 7th Dalai Lama in mid-18th century. The summer palace of the 14th Dalai Lama attracts most visitors by its well-designed structure and surroundings.

Ganden Monastery
Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery was founded near Lhasa in Tibet by Tsongkhapa in 1409 as the first and main Gelug monastery. Ganden Monastery consisted of two colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively. Ganden Monastery is about 45 kilometers from Lhasa. This monastery mainly has the Coqen Hall, Tri Thok Khang, Serdhung, Zhacangs, Khangtsens and Myicuns.

Shigatse:
Situated in the alluvial plain at the confluence of Brahmaputra and Nianchuhe rivers, Shigatse is about 270 kilometers west to Lhasa. It is on an elevation of 3,800 meters with the area of 3,875 square kilometers. it has the population of 820,000,the second biggest city in Tibet.
Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery Tashilunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 and is the largest Yellow Hat sect monastery in Tibet. To the west city of Shigatse, you can find the gold roof of Tashilunpo Monastery glittering under the sunshine. It still remain its original vigor through past 5 hundred years.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery Sakya Monastery is the seat of the Sakya or Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya Monastery is well known as the "Second Dunhuang", also the first Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism created by its initiator Khon Konchog Gyalpo in 1073. Sakyapa grew and once ruled Tibet and lived there. The monastery located in Sakya Country, 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Shigatse.

Tsetang:
Tsetang is about 189 km south-east of Lhasa, the third largest in Tibet. It is the capital of Shannan Prefecture and an important administrative center. It is located on the south bank in the middle section of the Yarlung Tsangbo River. The nearby Yarlung River scenic area is a national scenic park with Samye Monastery, Yumbu Lhakang Palace, burial site for Tsampos and Traduk Monastery highlighting the region.
Samye Monastery
Samye_Monastery Located in the quiet piedmont area of the Shannan Region, the Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet. It was first founded by the Tibetan King Trisiong Desen. It belongs to the Nyingmapa and Skayapa sects. The construction has the three styles, namely the Chinese Han, the Tibetan and the Indian.

Yumbulagang Palace
Yumbulagang_Palace Yumbulagang, also called“palace of mother and son”in Tibetan dialect, is the first palace ever built in Tibet. It is said that the palace was bulit specially for the first Tibetan King Nyatri Tsanpo. It has a history of over 2,000 years. Later it became the summer palace of Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng.

Trandruk Monastery
Trandruk Monastery About 7km south of the Tsetang Hotel, Trandruk is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, which dates back to the same time as the Jokhang and Ramoche in Lhasa., the 7th century reign of Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the Demoness Subduing temples of Tibet.

Gyangtse:
Gyantse is located in the Nyang Chu valley 254km south-west of Lhasa and 90 km west of Yamdrok Yumtse Lake. It is the 4th largest town in Tibet. Gyantse is famous for its woolen carpets. It is considered among the finest in all of Tibet.
Dzong Fort
Dzong_Fort Dzong Fort is the former location of Gyantse local government in old Tibet. Four steles set up by the high-rank commissioners dispatched by the emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty are still kept in good order for extremely precious value as the historical cultural relics. Dzong Fort is also the old battle field between British army and local army men and civilians in 1904.

Kumbum Stupa
Kumbum_Stupa The Kumbum stupa, in Gyantse, southwest of Lhasa, is one of the most extraordinary temples in the world. Kumbum, the only Nepalese-style stupa in Tibet, is located in the Pelkor Chode Monastery. The stupa has numerous chapels dedicated to various Buddhist deities.

The Pelkor Chode Monastery
The_Pelkor_Chode_Monastery the Pelkor Chode Monastery, southwest of Shigatse, in the town of Gyantse, a huge temple with a unique history and a wealth of Buddhist art. First built in 1418, Pelkor Chode was once a multidenominational complex of monasteries. The best way to get the feeling of the original extent of Pelkor Chode is to see it from the Gyantse Dzong. Pelkor Chode Monastery is a dark, gloomy place and if you want to have a good look at the various murals and Thangkas, it is a good idea to take a torch.

Kailash
Kailash A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy place. It is prayed by Buddhists, Hindus. Mt Kailash is an important place for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims who make a trip of a 53km circuit around the mountain. Buddhists and Hindus circumambulate clockwise. To circumambulate once is said to wipe off the life-time crimes. The mountain itself is 6714m high above sea-level.

Everest
Everest Mt. Everest has two main climbing routes, the southeast ridge from Nepal and the northeast ridge from Tibet. Mt. Everest is called in Tibetan as "Quomolangma" which literally means "The Third Goddess". High as 8848.13 meters in the middle place of the Himalaya in Tingri County, Shigatse, Quomolangma is covered with snow and glaciers. Everest area has four peaks above 8000 meters and over 30 peaks above 7000 meter, hence the Third Pole on the Earth.

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