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Lhasa

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    Lhasa — is a modern area of the city Chengguan District of Lhasa, it is the capital of the Tibetan autonomy and the traditional residence of the Dalai Lama, located on the prodigious height 3650 meters above sea level. Literally translated from the Tibetan “Lhasa” means “place of the gods.”

    According to the legend, the second emperor of Tibet Songtsän Gampo, who lived in the first half of VII century, made Lhasa his capital. But the documents of the time said that the capital of Tibet was constantly on the move. However, since that time, the city began to grow and prosper.

    The Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso V, conquered Tibet and moved its administrative center to Lhasa. Then he began to build the Potala Palace, the building was completed a few years after his death.

    Since that time, Lhasa has become a full-fledged political capital of Tibet.

    There is mountain climate with large diurnal temperature variations In Lhasa. Here is warm enough during the day, but cold at night.

    Historical monuments of Lhasa are a great importance to the world culture. There is the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple central monasteries of Drepung, Sera and Ganden Monastery Ramoche, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, a unique mosque in the Tibetan architectural style, historical Barkhor Street and many other attractions, which are widely regarded as the world’s cultural heritage.

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