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    Lhasa is situated as the capital in the South Central part of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The city has been the center of politics, economy, culture and religions in ancient times, known as 'the Holy Land', 'Buddha Land' in Tibetan language. Lhasa has a long history of 1300 years with a population of 400,000.The resplendent, magnificent and majestic Potala Palace is the symbol of the unification of religion and politics.



    As one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa also has many sites of historic interest, including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka. Food in Lhasa can also be seen as part of the culture. Usually, Tibetans live on mutton and beef. Especially for the herdsmen, who dry the mutton and beef before winter comes so that there are supplies during the cold months. Wine is indispensable to Tibetans, who brew it with Qingke, a kind of crop which grows on Qingzang Plateau.

    Blessed with flat land and mild climate, Lhasa is free of frigid winters and unbearably hot summers. It enjoys 3,000 hours of sunlight annually, hence its popular name "the Sunshine City".

    The tourism is booming in Lhasa, every year thousands and thousands tourists come to this holy place for sightseeing. The fantastic landscape, unique culture, exotic life and friendly people surely make tourists an unforgettable experience. The autumn is the best season of the year, when it rains mostly at night, and is sunny in the daytime. Usually tourists are advised to visit the holy place from March to October.