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Lhasa Region

Located on the north bank of Lhasa River the branch of Yarlung Zangbo River, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, transportation, and
tourist centre of Tibet Autonomous Region. It is an ancient cultural city with a history of more than 1,300 years. There are numerous famous
scenic spots and historical sites. Such as world-renowned Potala Palace, the Jokhang Monastery, the Drepung Monastery, the Sera Monastery,
and the Gandain Monastery.

Potala PalacePotala Palace

Situated on the Red Mountain (Hongshan) on Middle Beijing Road, Lhasa, the Potala Palace is the
palace with the highest elevation in the world. It was built in the seventh century. The 13-story main
building is 117 metres high. The palace consists of two parts as the Red Palace and the White Palace.
There are massive precious cultural relics in the palace, such as Indian Pattra-leaf Sutra, Kanjur,
Tanjur, the golden books and golden seals bestowed by the emperors of the Qing Dynasty to
generations of Dalai Lamas, the gold ,silver, or copper statues, and painted murals.



Jokhang MonasteryJokhang Monastery

Located in the center of the ancient city of Lhasa, the Jokhang (i.e., Buddhist Temple) Monastery was
built in the seventh century. Its gate faces the west, meaning facing the Buddhist shrine-ancient India.
The four-story main hall presents a perfect combination of the Han, Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese
architectural styles. Taking the Sutra Hall as the center, the styles. Taking the Sutra Hall as the center,
the symbol of the core of the universe, the building reflects the datura style worldview of Buddhism.
The statue of Sakyamuni is the essence of the temple.



Drepung MonasteryDrepung Monastery

Situated on the slope of the Wuze Hill in Genbei five kilometers northwest of Lhasa, the
Drepung (Zhaibung, i.e., a pile of rice) Monastery is the biggest one of the six great Gelug Sect (Yellow
Hat Lamaism) temples in China. It was built in 1416. There are abundant collections of historical
relics, Buddhist books, and sutra. The Shoton Festival held annually here is one of the biggest
religious activities in Tibet.




Sera MonasterySera Monastery

At the foot of the Wuze Hill in Sera to the north of Lhasa, the Sera (i.e., wild roses) Monastery is one of
the three great temples of Lhasa, as well as one of the six great Gelug Sect (Yellow Hat Lamaism)
temples of China. On December 27th of Tibetan calendar, the temple will hold the grand Sera Panchin
Festival. Followers pour in from various areas. The scene is bustling.




Gandain MonasteryGandain Monastery

Situated in Dagze County, about 60 km to the east of Lhasa, the Gandain Monastery is one of the three
great temples of Lhasa. It is also the top of the six great Gelug Sect (Yellow Hat Lamaism) temples.
The name of Gandain means “love, happiness, and satisfaction”. It was built in early 15th century by
Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelug Sect (yellow sect).




Norbu LingkaNorbu Lingka

Located in the western suburbs of Lhasa, Norbu Lingka was built in 1740’s.It used to be the 7th Dalai
Lama’s bathing and recuperation place. Later on, the 8th,3th, and 14th Dalai Lamas built their own
palaces here. After experiencing more than 200 years of expansion and operation, it has become a
Tibet style garden with large-scale palaces.




Barkor StreetBarkor Street

Surrounding the Jokhang Monastery, the ring-like fair street booms gradually along with the completion
of the Jokhang Monastery. This 500-metre-long street is not only a road of prayer wheels, but also the
shopping area full of venders and stores.


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