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Religious Center

No matter where you stand in the city,  the Potala Palace, the highest evidence of Buddhism in the world, can always be seen, situated atop the holy Red Mountain, a constant reminder that you are in the very center of the Tibetan Buddhist world.

Lhasa is officially the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous Region and the political, economic and cultural center of Tibet. But all these come second to  the important role that Lhasa plays as the religious center of the Tibetan world. A throng of pilgrims from all directions arrive here, kowtowing towards Lhasa every three steps, towards their life long destination of the golden roof of the Jokhang Temple. A glimpse of these people allows for an understanding of the importance that Lhasa holds  in the heart of the Tibetan people.

Three out of the six most important Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries are in Lhasa.   Almost one third of Tibetan Lamas practice and live in Lhasa, home to some of the world's richest religious relics. These facts alone cannot sufficiently illustrate the importance of the city in religious terms. Only by exposing oneself to the sophisticated and well established religious atmosphere of Lhasa can you truly understand the existence and the everlasting spirit of the Tibetan people.

The City of the Sun

Mixed with the fragrant smoke from yak butter candles lit throughout the temples and households of this holy city, the dazzling sunshine in Lhasa adds to the religious holiness of this Buddhist center. Under the brilliant sun, the gold gilded roofs of the temples shine under the clear blue sky. The green fields, black yak cattle and white snow-capped mountains within sight all help to make this is a wonderfully picturesque spot.

Although not officially the highest point in Tibet, 3700m-high-Lhasa is probably the closest spot to the holy Buddhist world and the city enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine a year. In all seasons, there is hardly a cloud in the sky and, even when it rains, this rarely lasts for long. Sunshine and clear blue sky are guaranteed gifts for visitors to this city.

However, visitors should be aware of the dangers involved in sunbathing here. make sure you carry plenty of drinking water, sunglasses and sun block at all times.

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