Fixed departure: Hot Destinations In Tibet 2018
Potala Palace:Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, is located on the north bank of Lhasa River, a sub branch of Yarlung Tsangpo River. Standing at 3,648m above sea level, it gets 3021 hours of sunshine annually and thus also named “Sunlit City”. “Lhasa” means “Holy Land” in Tibetan language. Since Songtsan Gampo, one of Tibetan Kings established his capital here in the 7th century, Lhasa has then represented as the center of Tibet politics, economy, culture, transport as well as a sacred place of Tibet Buddhism.
Potala Palace is the essence of ancient Tibetan architectural art and a symbol of Tibetan people’s wisdom and power. It is located on the western part of Lhasa City. In 641, Songtsan Gampo decided to build this grand palace for his wife – Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty. However, it was later destroyed by some lightening strike and warfare in Landama’s reign. Only in 17th century, the Fifth Dalai Lama rebuilt it. And then The Thirteenth Dalai Lama expanded it to today’s scale. The palace is more than 117 meters high and 360 meters wide. Standing on the top of Mt. Put Up , it looms over the entire Lhasa city. In 1994, Potala Palace was added to the list of world cultural heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Jokhang Temple:
Located in the center of the old Lhasa city, Jokhang Temple is the first monastery for most pilgrims to visit as it is widely recognized as the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 647. Everyday many pilgrims trek a long distance here with some even prostrating by body length. Around the temple is the famous Barkhor Street where you can get a close touch with local Tibetan people.
The Barkhor Street:
A circular street around the Jokhang Temple in the center of the old section of Lhasa, it is the oldest street in a very traditional style in Tibet, where you can enjoy bargaining with the local Tibetan vendors for the handicrafts which are rare to be seen elsewhere in the world. Barkhor Street is one of the most important religious paths along which pilgrims walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels in their hands through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night.
Norbulingka means “Jeweled Garden”, built in 1751 AD as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama where they handled political affairs and practiced religious activities. Now a large-scale palace complex and garden in Tibetan style covering an area of 40 hectares, the whole park has 370 rooms of different sizes and lawns shaded by green trees and enclosed by various flowers. Before 1959, commoners had no access to this park. Nowadays, on festivals and holidays, the local people in their colorful costumes come here with food and tents to sing and dance overnight.
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