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Overview to Lhasa: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

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Way over to the west of China, in the hotly disputed region of Tibet, Lhasa is an awfully long way away from the rest of the country. And it’s with two sights firmly in mind that most travelers make the long journey: the Potala Palace and the Jokhang.

Looming high above the rest of the city, the Potala Palace is one of the most dramatic cityscapes to be found anywhere in the world. A vast complex of a thousand glittering rooms - each more fabulous than the last - it’s a truly remarkable sight.

The Jokhang, meanwhile, is even more central to Tibetan Buddhists and seems to be infused with an intoxicating air of reverence. Lying a little to the east of the Potala Palace, and entered through Barkhor Square, it’s made up of a series of chapels and countless statues.

Alongside these two magnificent monuments, the (largely modern) town is inevitably a little humdrum by comparison. There are, however, plenty of places to pick up a good, cheap bowl of noodles around Tromzikhang Market and the engaging night market on Dosengge Lu.

Away from the city, the magnificent mountains of Tibet stretch away into the distance. A haven for trekking and climbing, it’s also just a place to sit back and reflect upon one of the most impressive landscapes imaginable.

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