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After passing by Yanpachen, the train runs
parallel with the Yangpachen River until it
enters a mountain gap. The mountains are so
steep that sometimes they look like clearly cut
transects. As we are getting closer to the
county seat of Doilungdeqen, the mountain gap
widens itself and the surging river calms down
and becomes peaceful. In Tibetan, Doilungdeqen means the Promised Highland.
We will pass through some villages of strong
Tibetan features.

The Lhasa Railway Station, the terminus of the
entire trip of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, is located
here in Doilungdeqen. From across the Lhasa
River on the other side of the Lhasa River
Bridge loom the dazzling Potala Palace and a
land, more promising.   

Lhasa, the capital of China's Tibet Autonomous
Region, has a history of more than 1,300 years.
It is the political, economic, cultural and
transport center of the region. Lhasa covers an area of close to 30,000 square km. It has a downtown of 544 square km and a population of
400,000; 140,000 of its people live in the downtown area. Lhasa is home to the Tibetan, Han, and Hui peoples, as well as many other ethnic
groups, but the Tibetan ethnic group makes up 87 percent of the total population.

Lhasa has beautiful scenery. The Lhasa River, known as the "merry blue waves," runs through the snow-covered peaks and gullies of the
Nyainqentanglha Mountains, extending 315 km. The river empties into the Yarlung Zangbo River at Quxu, forming a scenic wonder that features
blue and white water waves.

The ancient city of Lhasa stands by the Lhasa River. Inside the city towers the Potala Palace. The city features a combination of traditional and
modern things, including prayer wheels and computers.

Located at the bottom of a small basin surrounded by mountains, Lhasa has an elevation of 3,650 meters and sits at 91'06E and 29'36N, the
Lhasa Train Station center of the Tibet Plateau. Blessed with flat land and mild weather, Lhasa is free of frigid winters and
unbearably hot summers, having an annual average daily temperature of 8 degrees C (43 degrees F)
. It enjoys 3,000 hours of sunlight annually, much more than all other cities in this regard, giving the
city its title of "sunlit city."

Lhasa enjoys an annual precipitation of 500 mm. It rains mainly in July, August and September. The
rainy seasons in the summer and fall are the best seasons of the year, when it rains mostly at night,
and is sunny in the daytime.


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