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Lhasa (China)

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Capital of the Kingdom of Tibet since the 7th century, Lhasa was the seat of the Tibetan government until the region was invaded by China in 1949.


Today it's the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The city lies at the foot of Mount Gephel.
Visit the Potal Palace, formerly the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, who governed the state before Tibet came under Chinese administration. This palace truly is an architectural gem, a result of Eastern and Indian influences on this very distinctive and unique part of the country. You'll also be able to visit and explore the magnificent Jokhang Temple and the Nornulingka Palace. These three places constitute the city's must-see sites and are all inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Lhasa is an essential place to visit when in Tibet, or the " Roof of the World ", as it's also known. Whether it's the food, the music, the medicine or the architecture, the culture you encounter in Tibet is very strong and rich in tradition.

Potala Palace
Clara Favini Travel writer
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Perched on the Tibetan plateau at 3,600m, overlooked by imposing mountains, Lhassa sits on top of the world.


The name Lhassa literally means the 'place of gods'. Former capital of the Kingdom of Tibet, it remains today the economic, commercial and religous hub of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

For a long time foreigners were forbidden entry to the city (and it's still a controlled area) , but, nonetheless, Lhassa has rapidly evolved. From old lanes to sprawling arterial roads, ancient palaces/monasteries to modern bars and trendy stores, this town is a myriad of contrasts and it's worth staying a while.

The Potala Palace, the temple of Jokhang and the Norbulingka Park are all must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites . After a few days sightseeing, hiking fans will enjoy exploring these Tibetan lands, with monasteries dotted around the surrounding summits.

Jokhang Temple