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Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lhasa, sometimes spelled Lasa, is the traditional capital of Tibet and the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.
Lhasa is located at the foot of Mount Gephel.

The city is the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama and the Potala and Norbulingka palaces and in Tibetan Buddhism is regarded as the holiest centre in Tibet.

The city is home to about 255,000 inhabitants and, at an altitude of approximately 3,650 m (11,975 ft), is one of the highest cities in the world.

Lhasa literally means "place of the gods", although ancient Tibetan documents and inscriptions demonstrate that the place was called Rasa, which means "goat's place", until the early 7th century.

The city is part of a township-level prefecture, the Lhasa Prefecture consisting of 7 small counties: Lhnzhub County, Damxung County, Nymo County, Qx County, Doilungdqn County, Dagz County, Maizhokunggar County.

For a more information about Lhasa see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lhasa) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2007.
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).
About Wikipedia

This information was correct in November 2007. E. & O.E.

Tibet was another beautiful country we had some trouble getting to visit.
Mind you that was before we left Auckland.

While we were in Kathmandu it was easy to arrange to go and we did not have to wait either.

We were told to stay with our guide and party at all times, but we found ample free time to gallivant around and see what was seeable without any restrictions.

We read and heard a lot about the altitude although it did effected us slightly, what we read about it was more scary than the reality.

I was looking forward to visit the Potala, and I was terrified the day before, because I smoke, my age, the altitude and the height of the Potala, but mainly because of the warnings.

You will never guess, the next morning the bus taken us nearly to the top of it, from behind.

We really enjoyed ourselves.


An unforgettable experience.

We have had a terrific time!!

Lhasa is the capital and holy city of Tibet.

Tibetans consider the city's temples sacred.
The Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader and exiled ruler of Tibet, lived in Lhasa until 1959.
After the failed revolt in Tibet against the Chinese Communists, he went into exile in India with many of his followers.
Until 1904, Europeans were banned from Lhasa, and it is sometimes called The Forbidden City.
The 13-floor Potala Palace stands out above the city.
Now a museum, the palace once served as a temple, the centre of Tibet's government, and the home of the Dalai Lama.

Lhasa's Population under is 200.000.

I've heard and read a number of stories about a lost city of El Dorado or a dream city or Paradise, and many of these stories put it somewhere in the Himalayas.
Or is it Tibet?
Or is it Lhasa?
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

Lhasa 1999

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