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Welcome to Tibet - The Roof of the World.

Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism. It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world's highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

  • Potala Palace
  • Potala Palace is known as the highest palace in the world and one of the most famous architectural works in the world. Standing on the Red Hill of Lhasa, the Potala Palace is a treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art. The palace, well worth visiting for its artistic value, historic purposes, and cultural awareness, has been regarded as the No. 1 must-see attraction in Tibet.

    The Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century and reconstructed in the 17th century. The palace consisits of 2 main parts: the Red palace and the White palace. The main building has 13 storeys with 117 meters in height, and is composed of the Hall of Stupas of successive Dalai Lamas and halls of Buddhas. The White palace is the residence of the Dalai Lama and place for handling political and religious affairs.

  • Barkhor Street - Tibet Shopping Street
  • Whether you are there to take part in the religious rite, to do a bit of souvenir shopping, to eat Tibetan or Chinese Muslim food or just for simple site-seeing, the Barkhor Street area is one of the most fascinating and colorful places in all of Tibet.

    Barkhor Street is a must-see for any visitor wanting to learn about Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts.. Barkhor Street is a very ancient as well as the most representative street surrounding the Jokhang Temple, served as a trading and religious center.

    It’s said that, in 647, King Songtsen Gampo(617-650) the first Tibetan King bult the Tokhang Temple.It attracted thousands of Buddhist due to it’s magnificence.. As a result, a trodden path appeared. That is the origin of Barkhor Street. Today even still many pilgrims hold the prayer wheels to walk clockwise there from dawn to dark. Also you can see some pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street. Even some of them are teenagers or have experienced thousands of miles' walk to reach this sacred place. The way they express their piety could make you understand the holiness of religion.

    The Street is also a marketplace for shopper’s with all kinds of handmade souvenirs. Religious objects such as prayer flags, prayer wheels, thangkas, sutras, prayer beads, etc. as well as knivers, tanka, tapesries, relious musical instruments, gold and siver ware, masks and much more. There are many mass-made "antiques" available, but you can also find real treasures such as precious natural gems, valuable porcelain ware, unearthed ancient coins and relics from temples. Yak horns, skulls of wild takin, Buddhist sculptures and banners are some of the most popular items with tourists.

  • Norbulingka - the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama
  • Norbulingka ,situated in the west side of Lhasa at the bank of the Kyichu River about one km southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka meaning “Treasure Park” has an area of about 360,000 square meters with 374 rooms inside is regarded as the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.

    Construction of Norbulingka palace began in the 1740s. The area used to be barren land with wild animals, weeds and brush that the Seventh Dalai Lama liked and often visited ,as a result, the Qing magistrate had a palace built. Later it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas, where they solved the political problems and held festive celebrations. After a series of expansions and renovations, the appearance was improved with potrangs, pavilions, gardens and woods. It has now been turned into a park open to the public.

    The Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang are all palaces making up Norbulingka, with each palace complex is divided into three sections - the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods.

  • Basum Tso Lake - Small Switzerland in Tibet
  • Basumtso Lake, another named Cuogao Lake (green water) in Tibetan, is the most attractive site in Nyingchi. Besides offering marvelous scenery spots, many glaciers on the upper reaches of the lake provide it with a constant supply of fresh water. With 26 square kilometers covering, the clear waters of the green lake mirror the picture snow-capped peaks around the lake. The entire area is so fantastic that thoughts of the inspiring Swiss Alps come to mind as one stands on the shoreline. Fish are shoaling in the lake, birds are circling in the air, and beasts are roaming in the nearby forest. It’s a natural paradise for animals here. You will be impressed with the peaceful and comfortable life here.
  • Jokhang Temple Lhasa
  • Jokhang Temple (or Jokhang Monastery), the spiritual center of Tibet, is situated at the heart of the old town of Lhasa. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo for his two wives, the Tang Princess Wencheng and Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. This 4 storeyed building, with roofs covered with gilded bronze tiles, demonstrates a combination of the architectural style of Han, Tibetan, India and Nepal, as well as a Mandala world outlook of Buddhism.

  • Sera Monastery – place where holds Tibetan Buddhism Debating
  • Sera Monastery is a very famous and important monastery in Lhasa, even in the whole Tibet area. Founded by Sakya Yeshe who was a successful disciple of Tsongkhapa(founder of the Yellow Hat - Gelug) in 1419 ~ 1434, Sera Monastery has contributed much to the developing of Buddhism. It is located in the northern outskirt of Lhasa. After hundreds years of construction, it is now a grand monastery which covers more than 100,000 square meters, and house nearly 600 monks. While there were about 8,000 monks in its peak days.

    Sera Monastery is not only a monastery but also a study college for monks. In ancient time, there were many Buddhism master taught and advocated Buddhism here. It also trained hundreds of scholars who attained great reputation in the Buddhist nation. There are many precious relics, arts and scriptures.

  • Namtso Lake - The Heavenly Lake in the Holy Land
  • Namtso Lake is located on the north Tibetan grassland, more than 200 kilometers away from Lhasa. Rising 4,718 meters above sea level and covering an area of 1,920 square kilometers, the lake has 70 kilometers in length from east to west and 30 kilometers in width from south to north. Meanwhile Lake Namtso is the second largest saltwater lake in China next to Qinghai Lake. It is also the highest saltwater lake in the world.

    Summer is the best time for Namtso Lake. Wild yaks, hares and other wild animals leisurely look for food along the expansive lake shores; countless migratory birds fly here to lay eggs and feed their young; sometimes lovely fishes in the lake jump out of the lake water, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine; sheep and cows herds are like flowing white blanks on the green grassland which can stretch as far as your eyes can see; the dulcet songs of Gauchos resound through the valleys. This time of the year Namtso Lake is full of life and activity.

  • Drepung Monastery - Once the Largest Monastery
  • Drepung Monastery is another of the six great Gelukpa monasteries of Tibet. It was founded by Jamyang Chojey in 1416. Jamyang Chojey was a disciple of Tsongkhapa, who was the founder of the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan buddhism. The monastery quickly became popular and had a monk population of nearly 2000 within the first two years of its founding.

  • Mt. Everest - Top Tibet Attraction
  • Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the wolrd, is renown as the Third Pole of the World with an elevation of 8,848 metres (29,028 feet). It locates at the border between China and Nepal The Tibetan name is Mount Quomolangma, meaning Goddness Third in Tibet.

    The peak is also blessed with many extreme wonders. The top part of the mountian is covered with snow all the year round, when the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like white pyramid. More often, the thick freely moves clouds and fogs, seems as if a flag with the mast of the peak was swinging, will shroud the peak. This peculiar phenomenon of Mt. Everest is know as “Flag Cloud”. An additional wonder generated here are the bright glaciers, where ices are formed into various shapes like bridges, pagodas and others.

    Mt. Everest has been a holy climbing attraction for world’s mountaineers., whiles tourists trek to the front of the peak to enjoy it’s beauty.At the foot of the peak is located the world’s highest temple, Rongbuk Monastery.

    Around Mt. Everest, there are four peaks including Mt. Makarluh, Zhuoyo, Shishabanma, Gosanthain and other 14 peaks above 8,000 and 7,000 metres respectively, forming an amazing picture of Mt. Everest Natural Scenert Area with jokuls, peaks groups and mountain waves.

  • Yumbulangang Palace - the First Palace of Tibet
  • Yumbulagang Palace was built for the first Tibetan King, Nyatri Tsanpo, in the 2nd Century BC and became the Tibetan Kings’ palace since then. It then became the summer palace for Princess Wenchen and Songtsen Gampo, that was during the reign of Songtsen Gampo himself. The palace became a Gelugpa monastery during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama after Songtsen Gampo moved to the capital Lhasa in the 7th Century.

    The name“Yumbu” means female dear named after the shape of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain which looks like a female dear. “lagang” meaning Sacred palace . Hence the name of Yumbulagang” the sacred palace of mother and son” in Tibetan dialect.

  • Mt. Kailash - The Holy Center of Four Religions
  • High on the remote western Tibetan plateau, sits Mount Kailas, the holiest mountain in Asia. Considered the navel of the universe, where heaven and earth embrace, Mount Kailas, whose name means “jewel of the snows”, has attracted devout pilgrims to its base for more than two thousand years.

  • Lake Manasarovar - Top 3 Holy Lake in Tibet
  • Lake Manasarovar is one of the clearest lakes without any pollution in the world. And Hindus think it is a personification of purity, and who drinks water from the lake is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmering water will shock you in sunshine. With it being branded as the crystal holy lake, one will always carry a sense of worship when standing beside the lake.

  • Guge Kingdom of Ngari - Famous Tibet Attractions
  • Guge Kingdom was founded in about the 10th century by King Glang Darma descendant after the conquer of Tsaparang.More than 400 houses and 800 caves are piled up on the mountain slope at the height of 300 m. with the main building consisting of Red and White temples and mandala halls. After 700 years of surviving, the kingdom played important role in the second renascence in Tibet before disappearing mysteriously in the 17th century.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery-Home of Panchen Lama
  • The Tashilumpo Monastery was founded in 1447, which is recorded hightest Lama in the Gelukpa tradition, and the seat of sucessive Panchen Lamas in the Xigaze Prefecture. It is located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". The Tashilumpo monastery remains popular among the tibetans, as they carry on coming here on pilgrimage.

    The monastery is an interesting sprawling amalgam of traditional Tibetan monastic style halls, chapels and other structures connected by precipitous steps and narrow cobblestone alleys. The interplay between Tashilumpo's golden roofs and its white, red and black exterior walls creates a striking composition.

  • Rongbuk Monastery - The highest in the World
  • At the foothills of Mt.Everest, is located the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery. It was founded by a Nyingmapa Lama in 1902 and had been in used by monks and hermits for over 400 years. The ancient monastery is only 200 metres (660 ft) lower than the north side Everest Base Camp of Mount Everest, and in the background of Rongbuk Monastery is the top of the world - Qomolangma.

  • Yamdrok Lake - The Clearest Lake of South Tibet
  • The Yamdrok lake is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet. The holy lake lies to the south of Yarlong Tsangpo River in Shannan Region of Tebit sourranded by many snow-capped mountains and fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end.

    It is one of the clearest lakes without any pollution in Tibet. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmering water will shock you in sunshine. With it being branded as the crystal holy lake, one will always carry a sense of worship when standing beside the lake. There are shoals of fish living in Yamdrok Lake, every summer, the fish swim in shallow water to lay eggs, and even you can catch them with your hands. It is well known as fish base in Tibet. In the lake and the surrounding expansive pastures, animals and migrant birds grow with vitality. Shepherds ferry their sheep flocks to the islets during the herding season since no wild animals are found here and get the sheep back in winter. If you go there you would see the show of perching birds dancing with sheep.

  • Ganden Monastery – the holy monastery of Gelugpa
  • Gandan Monastery, commonly called Ganden Monastery is known as one of the 'Three Great Temples', together with the Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery . The name 'Gandan' was translated from Tibetan language "Gandain", which means the land controlled by Buddha. Ganden Monastery was built (1409) by Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect.It is traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power. It is also known as the first temple of Gelug Sect and the most special temple of the six Gelug Sect temples.

    As one of Tibet’s cultural centres, Gandan monastery is composed of over 50 buildings including the main temple hall, Yanbajian Hall, and Buddhist prayer room, in which a large number of precious cultural relics are exhibited. It is currently home to 400 monks and is the site of a Buddhist University, consisting of a college of philosophy, medicine, and astrology. The complex also contains a tantric college and a number of different temples.

  • Samye Monastery - The first Monastery in Tibet
  • The Samye Monastery, built during the Reigns of the Trisong Detsen in the 8th Century, was recording as the first monastery in Tibet featuring Buddhist, laws and monks, where the famous debate of doctrines between ancient Idian Buddhism and inland Buddhism happened.

  • Palkhor Monastery
  • The Palkhor Monastery is famous for its kumbum, a magnificent stupa and symbol of the monastery and one of only 3 in existence and which dates from 1436. The kumbum here at Gyantse is a three dimensional mandala, a representation of the Buddhist universe, and is, like other mandalas, portrayed by a circle within a square. This enables the devotee to participate in the Buddhist perception of the universe and can show the path through it; a very powerful Buddhist symbol. And the Myriad Buddha Stupa there, consists of hundreds of chapels arranged in layers, housing some 100,000 images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, vajras, dharma kings, arhats and disciples of the different schools from throughout Tibetan Buddhist history; there are some 3,000 statues in total.

  • Namjagbarwa Peak - Famous Tibet Attractons
  • Namjagbarwa is the 15th highest peak in the world having an altitude of 7782 merters above the sea level. It stands the interior of the bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo River.In face of Indian Ocean, the peak refects an obvious vertical landform. Tropical rain forest in its valley and above the snow line, it is a snow world.

    The sky-scraping Namjagbarwa Peak, with its majestic appearance, precipitous shape and unpredictable climate, has been an ambitious aim of mountain-climbing organizations from various countries.

    From the foot of Namjagbarwa, upwards to the 7,782 meters summit, is the following sequence of ecological systems: tropical low mountain evergreen or semi-evergreen monsoon rain forests; sub-tropical mountain evergreen and semi-evergreen broadleaf forests; warm temperate mid-mountain evergreen conifer forests; sub-frigid alpine bushes and grassy marshland; and sub-frigid alpine ice source and frigid ultra-alpine ice and snow.

    There are full of glaciers in the valley, which mostly belong to the marine glacier. A lot of hot springs are at the foot of the peak with particularly luxuriant vegetations.