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Lhasa, China

Lhasa, China

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Capital of Tibet, Lhasa, lies at the end of China. Known as the ‘Roof of the World’, it's a mysterious, wind-swept land of temples, yak-herders, horsemen, red-robed lamas, black-clad pilgrims and nomadic women wearing long plaited hair and jewels. At an elevation of 3700 metres on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, below the Himalaya and stretching along the Lhasa River, the city is dominated by the towering Potala Palace. The old town is a labyrinth of crowded streets and noisy bazaars.

Once you have acclimatised to the high altitude, venture through the old town to be greeted by a labyrinth of crowded streets and boisterous bazaars such as Barkhor. Lhasa is a city which is proud of its past, yet lives for today perched on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, 3700 metres above sea level. Inspirational Potala Palace dominates the fascinating cityscape which also includes the magnificent monasteries of Jokhang, Drepung and Sera, and Norbulingka, the once summer palace of the Dalai Lama. The walk through Lhasa reveals typical Tibetan city life in the stores, market stalls and courtyards.

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