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Magic Tibet Ⅳ-- Barkhor Street

  Barkhor
Barkhor (bā kuò 八廓), also named as Barghor, is the oldest street in Lhasa (lā sà 拉萨). Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple (dà zhāo sì 大昭寺) and the Tibetan people are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place for the tourists.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2009 09:31
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Magic Tibet Ⅲ-- Norbulingka

  Norbulingka
Norbulingka (luó bù lín kǎ 罗布林卡), means 'Treasure Park' in Tibet (xī zàng 西藏), is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City (lā sà shì 拉萨市), at the bank of the Kyichu River (jí qū hé 吉曲河). Norbulingka is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, Tibet which served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas (dá lài lǎ mā 达赖喇嘛) from the 1780s up until the PRC takeover in the late 1950s. Each summer, the Dalai Lama led his officials there to conduct government affairs and hold religious activities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2009 09:28
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Magic Tibet Ⅱ-- Jokhang Monastery

The Joknang
The Jokhang (dà zhāo sì 大昭寺), also called the Qokang, Jokang, Jokhang Temple, Jokhang Monastery or Tsuklakang, is the first Buddhist temple in Tibet (xī zàng 西藏), located on Barkhor Square (bā kuò jiē 八廓街) in Lhasa (lā sà 拉萨). It was built during the reign of King Songsten Gampo (sōng zàn gān bù 松赞干布) (605?-650 CE) to celebrate his marriage with Chinese princess Wencheng (wén chéng 文成) ofTang Dynasty (táng cháo 唐朝) who was a Buddhist. The temple was called the Tsulag Khang or 'House of Wisdom' but it is now known as the Jokhang which means the 'House of the Buddha'.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2009 08:45
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Magic Tibet Ⅰ-- Potala Palace

   Potala Palace
History
The site was used as a meditation retreat by King Songtsen Gampo (sōng zàn gān bù 松赞干布), who built the first palace there in 637 in order to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng (wén chéng gōng zhǔ 文成公主) of the Tang Dynasty (táng cháo 唐朝)  of China.

Lozang Gyatso (luò sāng jiā cuò 洛桑嘉措), the Great Fifth Dalai Lama (wǔ shì dá lài lǎ mā 五世达赖喇嘛), started the construction of the Potala Palace (bù dá lā gōng 布达拉宫) in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel , pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa. The Dalai Lama and his government moved into the Potrang Karpo (White Palace, bái gōng 白宫) in 1649. Construction lasted until 1694, some twelve years after his death. The Potala was used as a winter palace by the Dalai Lama from that time. The Potrang Marpo (Red Palace, hóng diàn 红殿) was added between 1690 and 1694. 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2009 17:31
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Zhangmu Town
Zhangmu Town lies in the southern piedmont of the median Himalayas, about 776 km. (482 mi.) away from the capital of Tibet Lhasa. It also borders Nepal to the south; Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge is only 10 more km. (6 miles) away and another 100 km. (62 miles)'s drive will lead you into the capital of Nepal, Katmandu. After the drudgery of the Sino-Nepal Road, Zhangmu Town is a most welcome sight both for tourists and traders alike. Much is supposedly owed to nearby Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Travelers come mainly for climbing up the lofty mountain, appreciating the heavenly sights, or pilgrimage at its holiness. However, for the particular location, Zhangmu Town itself can form an interesting array of scenery for the visitors.
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