Lhasa - Capital of Tibet
Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, is famous for its long history of more than 1,300 years. Located in the northern bank of Kyichu River, the main tributary of Yarlung Zangbo River, Lhasa is also the center of Tibet's politics, economy, culture, and tourism.
Lhasa means "holy land" in Tibetan language. The history of this holy city can be traced back to the 7th century AD, when the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo conquered many tribes, united Tibet, transferred the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa, and established Tubo Regime.
Also known as "Sunshine City", Lhasa boasts many historical sites and scenic spots both in tis urban areas and outskirts. Among the highlights are the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Gandan Monastery, Naga Temple, and Ramoche Temple.
For natural scenic spots, visitors shouldn't miss the Namtso Lake, the Yangbajain geothermal grounds and the Nyainqentanglha Mountains. Besides, the Dezhong Hot Spring of Maizhokunggar County, the Doilung and Xungba Gyura hot springs of Doilungdegen County, the nature reserves at Lhunzhub and Maizhokunggar counties are also worthy of visiting.
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