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At an average elevation of more than 4,000m, Tibet is also called the “Roof of the World”. Situated in the west of China, some of the highest mountains of the world are located in the autonomous province. Not only the nature, but also the culture which is almost completely influenced by Buddhism is unique to be seen.

Splendid monasteries, vivid murals and sculptures and solemn stupas, built to worship the unparalleled Buddha, can be found everywhere. Lhasa and Shigatse, the two most important cities of Tibet, feature most of the religious monuments like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Monastery and the Sakya Monastery. 

But also holy lakes and sacred mountains are great places to show the Tibetans peoples’ devotion to Buddha and no matter where, Tibetan life is a visual and sensual experience unlike almost any other. 

The vast land is the cradle of great rivers like the Yangtse, Yellow River, Nu River, Indus and Ganges and offers awe-inspiring scenery of heavenly lakes and valleys.

The Holy Snow Land

The mountains and peaks in the Tibetan Plateau are covered by silver snow, shining under the sunlight. It would be even more beautiful looking down from airplane.

Yaluzangbu River

The 2051 km long Yaluzangbu River tums and twists like a silver dragon from the west to the east into the valleys of South Tibet, running through Muotuo county. After a 90-degree turn, it empties into the Indian Ocean. People can have a good time on their yak hide boats or canoes at the upper level of the River with going down to the lower level, which is quite exciting and challenging.

Potala Palace

The Potala Palace, one of the most famous architectural works of the world, the construction of the world famous Potala Palace was started in the 7th century during the time of the Tubo King Srontsan Gampo. On the top of Mt. Putup, it is looming over the whole Lhasa city. As high as 110m, the Potala Palace consists of two palaces - the Red Palace and the White Place. With over 1000 rooms, the 1 storeyed palace covers an area of 10,000 square meters. It witnessed the life of the Dalai Lamas and the important political and religious activities in the past centuries. There are grand palaces within palaces. The palace stands up so high that it resembles a magnificent castle in the heaven. It makes itself a good example of the ancient Tibetan culture and architecture. The statues of the Tubo King Srongtsan gamoi and his wife Princess Wen Cheng are being worshipped in the Palace. Among the 8 tomb pagodas of the Dalai Lamas, the 5th tomb is the most extravagant.It stands as high as 14m and used 11,000 ounces of gold in its gold plating, and the designs and decorations on them all are inlaid with diamonds, peals, turquoises, agates, corals etc. There also stored the world treasure - the gold hand-written Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from the Chinese emperors and a lot of priceless antiques. You will be amazed by the colorful sculptures and paintings. The top most flat glistens with golden roofs. The Potala Palace deserves the title of art gallery and museum. It is a symbol of the wisdom and power of the Tibetan people.

Jokhang Monastery
Situated in the centre of the old section of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple was built in the mid-7th century A.D. and later extended by successive rulers, it has now become a gigantic architectural complex. Located in the east, facing to the west, it is a four storeyed temple with splendid golden roofs. It has architectural feature of Tang Dynasty and also assimilated very much features from both Nepalese and Indian Buddhist temples. The murals in the temple mainly depict the life stories of historic characters. The temple houses many historical relics since Tang Dynasty and statues of King Songtesn Gampo, Princess Wencheng, Princess Bhrikuti Devi. "Princess Willow" (a tree), and "The Uncle-Nephew Alliance Tablet" can be seen at the front gate of the temple.

Tibet Museum
As Tibet's first museum in the modem sense, the museum of Tibet, situated at the southeastern comer of the Buddhist religious garden Norbulingka in Lhasa, was inaugurated in October 1999 on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of the Democratic Reforms in Tibet as the product of one of 62 Chinese government funded projects launched in July 1994 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Autonomous Region of Tibet. Coveting 53,959 square meters, the museum is an enormous and magnificent building complex with a total floor area of 23,508 square meters, including exhibition halls with 10,451 square meters. In plan, strictly arranged along the axis of the com pound stand one after the other introductory hall, the main exhibition hall and the storehouse for culture relics. The architecture design, while bearing conspicuous signs of Tibetan ethnical tradition, obviously reveals the modernist emphasis on practical function and the post-modernist artistic features. It represents a harmonious application of those three distance elements. The whole treasure of cultural relics houses in the museum include a wide range of prehistoric cultural remains, statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas made of different materials, ancient Tibetan scriptural texts written in inks of gold, silver and coral, delicate Tanghka paintings, various musical instruments and ritual articles. To these are added handicrafts characteristic of Tibet, pottery of unique styles etc. The inaugural show was exclusively dedicated to the general theme of "the history and culture of and art; and the folk culture". The museum performs the concurrent functions of preservation, academic research and social education. Furnished with air-conditional devices, multi-functional saccousto-optic equipment, sophisticated.