Potala Palace, Lhasa
Lhasa means "holy land" or the "place of Buddha" in the Tibetan language, As the political, economic, cultural and religious center of Tibet for a long time. The grand Potala Palace is a symbol of the unified supreme authority on politics and religion. As early as the 7th century, after Songtsan Gambo unified Tibet, he moved the capital from Yalong to Luozi (today's Lhasa) and established the Tibetan Kingdom. After Tibet was liberated peacefully on May 23, 1951, a new epoch came for Lhasa City. In 1960, Lhasa was approved by the State Council to set up a prefecture-level city and in 1982, and it was proclaimed one of the first batch 24 historical-cultural cities by the State Council.
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
Lhasa has beautiful scenery. The Lhasa River, known as the "merry blue waves," runs through the snow-covered peaks and gullies of the Nyainqentanglha Mountains, extending 315 km. The river empties into the Yarlung Zangbo River at Quxu, forming a scenic wonder that features blue and white water waves. Some 200 scenic spots are in and around Lahasa. The important sites in clued the Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Ramoche Monastery, Norbulingka, Tang Dynasty-Tubo Alliance Tablet, Drepung Monastery, Zongjolukang and Tibet Autonomous Region Museum. These sites are all located in Lhasa.
Being an old city on the plateau, Lhasa has impressed visitors with blue sky, clean water, fresh air and pleasant environment. Endowed by nature with pure water and air, Lhasa is the least polluted city with the best environment in China. Also, it is the first site for visitors traveling in Tibet.
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