2014 Tibet Scenic Spots List
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2014 Tibet Scenic Spots List

Update: Nov. 12th, 2013

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2014 Tibet Scenic Spots List - Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is located in the center of Lhasa. It is one of the national key cultural relics protection units. It was built in the seventh century during the reign years of Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. This more than 1,300 year-old palace is the largest and intact group of ancient buildings in Tibet. The Potala Palace is a rare example of architecture in traditional Tibetan and Han style, standing on the Red Hill in ancient city Lhasa. It is more than 3,700 meters above sea level. It is 117.19 meters high, about 360 meters from east to west and 270 meters from south to north, covering an area of 360, 000 square meters.

It is composed of Red and White Palace, with the red one in the middle and white one is on either side. This magnificent palace is also a castle and monastery.

2014 Tibet Scenic Spots List - Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple was built in the mid-seventh century. It is the oldest wooden structure in Tibet and has more than 1, 350 years of history. The life-sized statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni which was taken by Wen chen Konjo was placed in the Jokhang Temple. "Zhao" is the Tibetan transliteration, meaning "Buddha". That is why it is called "Da Zhao Si", which means the holy monastery for worshiping big Buddha statues.

The Kokhang Temple has a supreme position in the Tibetan Buddhism. Many temples in Tibet belong to a sect of Tibetan Buddhism, but the Jokhang Temple is the holy monastery respected by all sects.

2014 Tibet Scenic Spots List - Norbulingka

Norbulingka means a lovely garden in Tibetan. Originally built in 1840s, and now it has developed into a park with the biggest size, most beautiful scenery and maximum places of interests among Tibetan man-made gardens. Located in the western suburbs of Lhasa, about 2 kilometers southwest to the Potala Palace, it covers an area 360, 000 square meters. It is a key cultural site under the state protection. There are 374 rooms in the garden which takes Kelsang Phobrang as its main characteristic.

2014 Tibet Scenic Spots List - Drigung Til Monastery

It is located in the Maiba Countryside of Maizhokunggar County and built by Muyang Gongring the disciple of Phamo-drupa. In 1179, Drigungba Ringqenbei expanded it as the most important temple of Kagyu Sect in Drigung and named "Drigung Til".

"Chuohuoding" is not only a kagyu Shastra, but also a charming characteristic of the Drigung Til Monastery. Till now, there are only two persons who accomplished "Chuohuoding". Even in winter, the person who accomplished "Chuohuoding" can dry cassock which is just taken out from water by his body.

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