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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

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Potala Palace

Potala Palace(布达拉宫) is standing in the northwest of Tibetan capital Lhasa and it is a large-scale castle-style buildings. Potala Palace is known as the “Pearl on the Roof of the World ", it is a sign of Lhasa and the Tibetan Plateau, which is the center of Tibet's former regime.  It is the world's the most magnificent palace of highest altitude and it has a very rich collection of artifacts and handicrafts.

In 641 AD, Srongtsen Gampo married Princess Wencheng and he built the Potala Palace in the northwest of Lhasa. However, the original one was destroyed after natural disasters. In AD 1645, the Fifth Dalai Lama presided over the rebuilding of the Potala Palace. Since then, major religious and political ceremonies are held here and it became the Hermitage of Dalai Lama. And the Potala Palace is the center of Tibet's theocratic rule.

Potala Palace has a distinctive Tibetan style, imposing, is the most complete castle-style buildings, known as one of the world's ten largest existing earthen architecture in Tibet. Its main building is divided into two parts: the White House and the Red Palace.

The White House is white because its facades named. The white house is the place where daily life and political activities of the Dalai Lama take place, is located in the lower part of the Potala Palace. On the seventh floor, there are two living winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Because there are the sun shines all day here, so that it was called the east and west sun temple. Red Palace Potala Palace is located in the top center position and its exterior is red, by storing the various Dalai Lamas Buddha pagoda components.

Add: Chengguan District of Lhasa, Beijing Road, No. 35, Gongqian Alley
Ticket Price: RMB 200(May~ October)
                       RMB 100(November~ April)
Opening Time: 9:00-12:00,15:30-16:30
Tel: 0891-6824568



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