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Potala Palace

OverviewPotala Palace in Lhasa is situated on Red Hill , which is 3,700m in elevation. It is known as the highest and one of the most famous architectural works in the world. The palace was built by the Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo in the 7th century for the princess Wencheng.from Tang Empire, and in the 17th century it was reconstructed.  The palace, famous its artistic, historic, and cultural values, has been ranked as the No. 1 must-see attraction in Tibet and attracted millions of visitors yearly. In 1994, the palace joined the list of world cultural heritage sitesYet few seem able to agree about its origins. Some have suggested that politics drove its creation. They assert that the Tibetan Empire’s founder Songtsän Gampo – born sometime ... Read More

Barkhor Street Lhasa

OverviewBarkhor Street is the oldest street in Lhasa and runs through the center of the old city, this quadrangle-shaped bustling bazaar surround Jokhang Temple. It's a must-see site for visitors who want to learn about Tibetan culture.In the 6th century the king of Tibet Songtsen Gampo (617-650 AD) had the Jokhang Temple built in order to house the statue of Sakyamuni, making the temple a sacred place for Tibetan Buddhists. Tibetans walk clockwise around the Jokhang Temple to show their respects to Sakyamuni, Thus Barkhor Street formed as Tibet's "Sacred Way". Each day hundreds of Buddhist pilgrims flow in for pilgrimage, one might be shocked to see some buddhists crawling in full-body to pray the Sakyamuni.    &... Read More

Ani Tsangkung Nunnery in Lhasa

Ani Tsangkung Nunnery is located along the Lingkor pilgrim circuit in Lhasa. It is a place where now female Buddhist followers can still practice the importance of Buddhism. Historically, the small nunnery could be dated back to the 7th century, which is during the time of Tubo kingdom period. It is said that during summer period in Lhasa, especially those farmlands and villages on both banks of Lhasa River were always destroyed by the disastrous floods. So the religious king Songtsen Gampo dug a hole on the upper reaches of Lhasa River and prayed peace and safety of his people in the hole. Where people called that as Tsangkung which literally means hole in Tibetan. The hole remained same till one of the disciples of Tsongkapa constructed Ani Tsa... Read More

Drak Yerpa

Drak Yerpa situates northeast of Lhasa around 45km, it's a place with many mythical stories of Tibetan kings, scholars, lamas and so on. Initially from the great king Songtsen Gampo in (604-650) and then to Lhalung Paldor (the one who assassinate the last king of Tibet called Lang Dharma). Yerpa contains of more than 80 meditation caves and temples on an altitude of 4300 meters, all the meditation caves are lined-up along the hill where there is stairs to climb up and visit each every caves and temples. More than 300 peoples meditated there and histories of enlightenment succeeded as well, Yerpa also shares a divine stream that originally comes with the stories of Tara (Dolma in Tibetan).HistoryThe 33rd king Songtsen Gampo and his two foreign... Read More

Drepung Monastery

OverviewDrepung Monastery, built in 1416, was founded by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamyang Choeje. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built in the 17th century The monastery is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa. It was once Tibet's largest and most important monastery and used to have more than 10,000 monks, and currently accommodates 700 monks. It has been attracting pilgrims and visitors from around the world.The pilgrims should runs through these sites including Tsokchen, Ngakpa Tratsang, Jamyang Drubpuk, Loseling Tratsang and Tashi Gomang Tratsang. The path of pilgrimage extends southeast down to the Nechung Monastery.Drepung Monastery is especially known as the site ... Read More

Ganden Monastery

OverviewGanden Monastery, with the altitude of 3800m, built in early A.D. 15th Century, is one of the great three monasteries of Lhasa , the other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery). Ganden Monastery located on the top of Wangbur Mountain, 47 kilometers east of Potala Palace. Tsongkhapa's preserved body was entombed there in a silver and gold encrusted tomb by his disciples in 1419. It is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa - a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. The Buddha Exhibition Festival in Ganden Monastery is one of the most red-carpet Buddhist ceremonies in Tibet, every year.  The temple is comprised of over 50 structures. The main halls in th... Read More

Jokhang Temple Lhasa

OverviewJokhang Temple is located in Barkhor Street, built in 648, is the earliest architecture in Tibet and a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhist.  The legend goes that Princess Wencheng, wife Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), had the temple built by filling up the lake with the help of a sacred goat. The main building is four stories and combines architectural styles and techniques from Nepal, China and India, as well as Tibet. The temple is dark and mysterious and filled with smoke from incense, candles, hundreds of votive lamps and from a variety of offerings, including yak butter. Numerous devotees visit to pray, using the series of large bronze prayer-wheels or the smaller individual hand-held prayer... Read More

Namtso Lake

OverviewNamtso is the second-largest saltwater lake in China and one of the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet. It is over 70km long, 30km in width. During the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from far away come to walk around the lake, a mission that takes over ten days to complete. Dzashi Monastery on Dzashi Peninsula in Namtso  Lake is a sacred place to Buddhists. Thousands of pilgrims travel a long way to worship here on the Tibetan New Year. As a rule, they will walk clockwise along the Namtso Lake in order to receive the blessing of the gods. June to September is the best time to visit Namtso Lake. yaks, cows and other wild animals leisurely graze around the lake shores; migratory birds fly here to lay eggs and feed the yo... Read More

Norbulingka Park

OverviewNorbulingka ,situated in the west side of Lhasa at the bank of the Kyichu River about one km southwest of Potala Palace.. Norbulingka meaning “Treasure Park” has an area of about 360,000 square meters with 374 rooms inside is regarded as the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.Situated in the west side of Lhasa, close to the southwest Potala Palace, The Norbulingka Park means Treasure Park in Tibetan language, covers an area of 36 hectares (89 acres) and is considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet area. The Norbulingka Pak Norbulingka Park was the summer home of the 13th and the 14th Dalai Lamas. in 1950, a number of buildings were damaged, but in 2003, Chinese government started the renovation work to res... Read More

Sera Monastery

OverviewSera Monastery, with the other two Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery, are the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries in Tibet. It is one of the six main Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) monasteries. In 1982, Sera Monastery was listed as one of China's National Cultural Relics since 1982.The monastery is located in the northern outskirt of Lhasa. It occupies an area of 100,000 square meters, and accommodate about 600 monks. While there were about 8,000 monks in its peak days.  It is said that a kind of wild rose (sera in Tibetan) growing around the original Sera monastery, hence the name Sera Monastery. Sera monastery is magnificent, and quite unique style from other monasteries in Lhasa. Sera Monastery covering an a... Read More

Tibet Museum

OverviewTibet Museum is the first modern museum in Tibet covers an area of 53,959 square meters and has a floor space of 23,508 square meters including an exhibition area of 10,451 square meters. The Tibet Museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics including Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colourful tangkas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. Visitors can also see variety of folk art such as unique Tibetan handicrafts, costumes, jewellery, and adornments made of gold, silver, and jade, as well as fine Chinese pottery.Outside the exhibition hall are green lawns and shadowy trees. Also there are a performance area for modern cultural and physica... Read More

Yaowang Mountain

OverivewRising up beside Potala Palace, the spired peak of Chakpori Hill (Yaowang Mountain) is 3725 meters in elevation with ascending steps to the top. The mountain is opposite the Potala Palace, the symbol of Tibet. It's best known for its ideal location for tourists to take pcitures of the Palace. Quite a few figures of Buddha, gods in different poses, and Buddhist scripture in Tibetan characters are engraved on the cliff. There is an extremely well preserved grotto with a history of more than a thousand years on the southeast mountainside. The grotto is 27 square meters (0.0067 acre) and in the shape of unequal rectangle. There are 69 stone statues engraved on the rock, vivid and lifelike, which represent the soul of Tibetan stone in... Read More