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Top 10 attractions in Lhasa, China

Updated: 2014-04-06 10:42 (China.org.cn)

Tibet, aka the "Roof of the World," is the highest region on the planet, with an average elevation of more than 4,000 meters. Located on a plateau north of the Himalayas, it is a mysterious, exotic place to many outsiders. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the massive, tranquil land with its majestic scenery and mysterious religious culture has exerted an overwhelming attraction on travelers.

Tibet's capital city Lhasa is labeled one of the most dreamed-about cities in the world. An ancient city dating back 1,300 years, Lhasa is home to the magnificent Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple Monastery and Norbulingka (Garden of Treasures), all listed as world heritage sites. May to July is the best time to visit Lhasa, as it rains at night but is still sunny in the daytime.

The following are the top 10 attractions in Lhasa, China.

Top 10 attractions in Lhasa, China

1. The Potala Palace [Photo by Zhang Hao/for China Daily]

The Potala Palace is considered to be a model of Tibetan architecture. Located on the Red Hill in Lhasa, it covers more than 360,000 square meters and has 13 storeys. It was first constructed in 641, by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, in order to welcome his bride, Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. This structure was later burned to the ground during a war and rebuilt in the 17th century by the Fifth Dalai Lama. Over the past three centuries, the palace has gradually become a place where the Dalai Lama lives and works and a place for preserving the remains of previous Dalai Lamas.

Admission: 200 yuan (US$32.25) (May 1-Oct 31); 100 yuan (US$16.11) (Nov 1-Apr 30)

Top 10 attractions in Lhasa, China

Top 10 attractions in Lhasa, China

Top 10 attractions in Lhasa, China

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Snow scenery of Potala Palace in Lhasa 

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