Lasa

At an elevation of 3,700 metres, Lhasa (meaning: "Holy Place") is capital of Tibet Autonomou Region and a famous cultural city with a 1,300-year history. Bathed in sunshine for more than 3,000 hours a year, it is also a "Sunshine City". Major landmarks: Potala Palace, Jokhong Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Temple, Gaindain Monastery, Norbulinka Palace. Lhasa's original look and old lifestyle are largely intact at Barhkor Street in the old part of Lhasa, where all sorts of arts and crafts are on sale. Lhasa is linked with Beijing, Chonqing, Chengdu, Xi'an and Kathmandu by airlines. The Xining Lhasa and Chengdu-Lhasa highways also provide major accesses to Lhasa.

 

Lasa 4 days 3 nights $ 399/person

 

Day 01  Airport pickup.  Accommodation: Lasa hotel

Day 02  Accommodation: Lasa hotel

Day 03  Accommodation: Lasa hotel

Day 04  Airport drop

 

Scenic spots: (Tickets and transportation provided)

::Scenic Potala Palace 

 

 

 

 

 

Potala Palace in downtown Lhasa is a 41-hectare complex which came under construction during Songtsan Gambo's 7th-century reign. Consisting of White Palace and Red Palace, with nearly 10,000 rooms, it was where the Dalai Lamas lived and handled political affairs. Housed in this castle-like palace are a wealth of Buddhist statues, murals, religious scriptures, and treasures. As a precious legacy of Tibetan culture, the Potala Palace is a UNESCO-endorsed world cultural heritage site.

::Scenic Jokhong Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

Jokhong Monastery, built in 647 as the earliest wood-masonry structure in Tibet, is dedicated to a statue of Sakyamuni. It is also in the possession of a collection of cultural relics dating back to the Tang, which include statues of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng. Tang architectural elements are palpable in this monastery, a splendid four-floor building facing west under a gilded rooftop.

::Scenic Sera Monastery 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the northern suburbs of Lhasa towers the strangely shaped Serawoze Mountain. Sera Monastery lies on the southern slope of this mountain. Covering an area of 114,960 square meters, the monastery is comprised of Coqen Hall, three Zhacang dormitories for monks called Gyi, Mei and Ngaba, and some 30 Kangcun dorms for monks. The area is a Buddhist Mecca and also a favorite scenic spot in Lhasa.

The monastery was built by Sagya Yexei, disciple of Master Zongkapa, in 1419. On behalf of his master, Sagya Yexei went to Nanjing to pay homage to the Ming Dynasty Yongle emperor, who granted him the honorific title "Western Paradise Buddha Grand State Tutor," and a large number of sutras, Buddhist statues, monks robes, silks, gold and silver, which were used to build Sera Monastery.

 

 

::Scenic Zhaibung Monastery

 

Buddha Painting Displaying Festival at the Zhaibung Monastery

 

 

Gandain Monastery is the ancestral monastery of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and Zhaibung Monastery also belongs to the Gelug Sect. It was stipulated in the past that the number of lamas at Gandain Monastery was to be 3,300, there were to be 5,500 at Sera Monastery, but 7,700-10,000 at Zhaibung Monastery. The majestic monastery was first constructed by Jamyang Qoigyai Zhaxi Bedain, a disciple of Master Zongkapa, in 1416 with donations made mainly by Namge Sangbo, magistrate of Liuwo Zong County during the pagmo Zhuba Regime. Before the monastery was built, Zhaxi Beiba led his followers in mediation at the site. The mountain caves and a temple in which they meditated are still well preserved. Zhaibung Monastery is composed mainly of the Gormang. Lhoseling, Deyang and Ngaba Zhacang, the Gandain Phodrang Palace and Coqen Hall. Coqen Hall covers an area of 4,500 square meters. In front of the hall is a square area paved with stone slabs and covering 2,000 square meters. The Grand Sutra Hall covers 1,800 square meters, and is supported by 183 pillars. The hall is full of Buddhist statues, sutra books, sutra streamers hung on pillars, painted tangka scrolls and mysteriously flickering butter lamps. The hall houses the holy stupas for the remains of the 3rd and 4th Dalai Lamas, the white conch used by Master Zongkapa, and the statue of Miwang Qamba or Maitreya which was presented by the Tubo king Porlunei.

 

 

 

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