Lhasa, the traditional capital of Tibet and the capital of the autonomous region of Tibet, lies at 3700 metres a.s.l. in southeastern Tibet. According to the legend the second Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo made Lhasa his capital. But contemporary documents show that the empire was actually ruled from a moving capital. Tourism is nowadays a main source of income for Lhasa, as the city has a number of attractions including the Potala Palace, the Jokhang temple and a number of monasteries and temples. Lhasa is the base from which to explore the surrounding region.

01 Alley 02 Barkhor square 03 Barkhor square and Jokhang temple 04 Tibetan buddhist monks 05 Barkhor square and Jokhang temple
06 Pilgrims in Barkhor square 07 Jokhang temple 08 Golden dharma wheel and deer sculptures 09 Golden roof cylinder 10 Window 11 Jokhang Buddhist temple
12 Prayer wheel in Jokhang temple 13 Pilgrims praying in the Jokhang Buddhist temple 14 Wall inscription 01 East Beijing street with streetlamps 02 Prayer wheels 03 Trees on Potala square
04 Yellow tree and sky 05 Yellow tree and sky 06 Potala square 07 Potala square 08 East Beijing street
09 East Beijing street 10 East Beijing street 11 Tibetan women at the market 12 Historic centre of Lhasa 13 Yellow Tibetan cheese 14 Shops along Beijing street
15 Shops along Beijing street 16 Butcher shop 17 Butcher shop 18 Yellow Tibetan cheese 01 Main gate 02 Main gate
03 Monk washing dishes 04 Building 05 Building 06 Buddhist paintings on rock 07 Buddhist paintings on rock 01 Western gate
02 Pillar decorations 03 Building 04 Palace walls 05 White palace 06 Inner court
07 Golden roof 08 Building with wall hangings 09 Wall detail 10 Inner court and building 11 Palace walls 12 Palace walls
01 Side view 02 Side view 03 Palace and square 04 Potala palace
05 Palace detail 06 Potala palace 07 Potala palace 08 Potala palace
09 Potala palace 10 Potala palace 11 Palace and square
12 Palace and square 13 Potala palace 14 Palace and square
15 Palace and square 16 Potala palace 17 Potala palace
18 Palace detail 19 Upper part of Potala palace 20 Palace detail 21 Potala palace
22 Potala palace 23 Potala palace
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