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Lhasa


Located at the foot of Mount Gephel, at an elevation of 11,975 (3,650 meters), Lhasa (sometimes spelled "Llasa") is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China. The city has a population of approximately 255,000 people.

Translated literally "Lhasa" means "place of the gods", and the city is the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama, as well as being regarded in Tibetan Buddhism as the holiest site within Tibet.

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To Lhasa in Disguise (Adventure Travel Classics)

By William McGovern

The Long Riders' Guild Press
Paperback (484 pages)

To Lhasa in Disguise (Adventure Travel Classics)
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There were two Asian lands forbidden to Westerners in the early twentieth century. The region of the sacred Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina was well known for being off-limits. The second was Tibet, located high up on the roof of the world. This windswept, snow-covered Himalayan kingdom was the home of the Dalai Lama, the living reincarnation of the Buddha. Hidden behind stony mountains and a phalanx of xenophobic warrior monks, the high Lama resided in his isolated realm, serenely cut off from the outside world. Yet erect an obstacle and human beings will endeavor to get around it. Secretive Tibet was no different. A number of foreigners tried to get to Lhasa, the off-limits capital of the kingdom. They were all eventually discovered and turned back. Then in 1912 an unlikely candidate for geographic romance appeared. His name was William McGovern. He was an Oxford trained scholar, and more surprisingly, an American, for no one from that faraway country had ever attempted to beard the Tibetan lion in his den. McGovern was no ordinary Yankee traveler though. An excellent student of Tibetan culture, art, and language, he also brought a hitherto undisclosed talent in the search for Lhasa's secrets. McGovern was a scholar of Buddhist thought and prayer. It was because of this religious sympathy that Tibetan authorities grudgingly allowed the American, and his tiny caravan, to enter their country. He was ordered to go to the first border town, and stop. However as "To Lhasa in Disguise" explains, McGovern had no intention of stopping before he reached the forbidden city. What follows is one of the most intriguing tales of travel ever penned. McGovern made his way over dangerous mountain passes, avoided prowling Tibetan patrols, and finally reached his goal, only to be recognized and arrested. Still a vivid tale after all these years, if it is adventure and hair-raising travel you are seeking, then go no further. "To Lhasa in Disguise" delivers all that and more.

The Unveiling of Lhasa

By Edmund Candler

Released: 2011-03-24
Kindle Edition (258 pages)

The Unveiling of Lhasa
 
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My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City

By Alexandra David-Neel

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Released: 2005-08-23
Paperback (364 pages)

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An exemplary travelogue of danger and achievement by the Frenchwoman Madame Alexandra David–Neel of her 1923 expedition to Tibet, the fifth in her series of Asian travels, and her personal recounting of her journey to Lhasa, Tibet's forbidden city.

In order to penetrate Tibet and reach Lhasa, she used her fluency of Tibetan dialects and culture, disguised herself as a beggar with yak hair extensions and inked skin and tackled some of the roughest terrain and climate in the World. With the help of her young companion, Yongden, she willingly suffered the primitive travel conditions, frequent outbreaks of disease, the ever–present danger of border control and the military to reach her goal.

The determination and sheer physical fortitude it took for this woman, delicately reared in Paris and Brussels, is inspiration for men and women alike.

David–Neel is famous for being the first Western woman to have been received by any Dalai Lama and as a passionate scholar and explorer of Asia, hers is one of the most remarkable of all travellersߴales.

Tibet 1:1,500,000 & Lhasa-Valley 1:50,000 Travel Map, waterproof, GPS-compatible, REISE

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Tibet 1:1,500,000 & Lhasa-Valley 1:50,000 Travel Map, waterproof, GPS-compatible, REISE

This map is waterproof and tear-resistant, at convenient sheet size (size 100 x 70 cm / 39.5 x 27.5 in) with topographic and tourist information. The map is double-sided with a good overlap between the two sides.

Topography is indicated by altitude colouring with numerous spot heights and names of mountain ranges and passes. Salt lakes, swamps, seasonal rivers and glacier are also shown. Detailed presentation of the road network includes minor roads and tracks. Railway connection to Lhasa is also shown. Internal administrative units are shown with their boundaries and names. National parks and other protected areas are highlighted. A wide range of symbols mark various places of interest including sacred places, palaces, dzongs, archaeological sites, temples, museums, etc. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1º intervals.

Place names of larger towns are shown transliterated and with the alternative Tibetan version, plus in the Chinese and Tibetan scripts. All other names are in Roman alphabet only. An extensive index of place names is included.

An inset at 1:50,000 shows Lhasa and the surrounding valley, indicating numerous places of interest. Within the city various tourist facilities are also marked: hotels, banks, bus stations, etc.

Multilingual map legend includes English, high quality German cartography.

My Journey to Lhasa: The Personal Story of the Only White Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City

By Alexandra David-Neel

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Victoria with Kids, Eat Play Shop: an essential guide for cool parents and their children

By Lhasa Hetherington

Lhasa Hetherington
Paperback (102 pages)

Victoria with Kids, Eat Play Shop: an essential guide for cool parents and their children
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Victoria with Kids is a delightful guide book that gets you away from the tourist traps and shows you a wonderfully charming Victoria British Columbia that both you and your children will enjoy. Eat your way through Victoria’s vibrant and kid friendly food scene, shop at unique toy stores and children’s boutiques, and spend time exploring our many fun playgrounds, beaches, and outdoor spaces. Victoria with Kids is an amazing resource full of good local fun including many many links. Like to eat? Learn where to find, among other things, the best thin crust wood oven pizza, cheap and delicious BBQ, fresh fish tacos served out of an up-cycled cargo container, and the worlds best chocolate chip cookies. Take your kids to one of Victoria’s many farmers markets to gather fresh ingredients for dinner, or simply get a baguette and some cheese from one of our charcuterie’s and go enjoy a picnic at a great beach. All sorts of information is stuffed into this engaging book. You will learn where to find medical clinics, what touristy things are worth doing, where to find great beaches, playgrounds, small child friendly hikes, and where you can take the kids to blow of some steam downtown. This book includes a comprehensive list of playgroups, rec-centers, one day classes, movie theaters, and yes, dates night ideas (if you can get away from the kids). Check out http://victoriawithkids.com for updated information as well as our blog where you can see some more fun family outings around Victoria.

Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer's Tibet

By Heinrich Harrer

Harry N Abrams Inc
Hardcover (223 pages)

Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer s Tibet
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A visual sequel to Heinrich Harrer's great travel and adventure classic Seven Years in Tibet. These photographs--most never before published--provide a unique record of life in and around Tibet's capital city of Lhasa as it can never be seen again, when Tibetan society was still innocent of other 20th-century cultures. Bibliography; index. 200 illustrations.

Bayonets to Lhasa: The British Invasion of Tibet (Peter Fleming Collection)

By Fleming Peter

Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Released: 2012-04-27
Kindle Edition (329 pages)

Bayonets to Lhasa: The British Invasion of Tibet (Peter Fleming Collection)
 
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The British invasion of Tibet in 1904 is one of the strangest events in British imperial history. Conceived by Lord Curzon as a strategic move in the Great Game - that colossal struggle between Imperial Britain and Tsarist Russia for influence in Central Asia - the incursion was in fact ill-conceived and inspired by only the weakest of motivations. Led by the soldier, explorer and mystic, Francis Younghusband, the mission - doomed from the very beginning - became caught in political cross-fire and the distant and destructive machinations of China and Britain and ended in ignominy and disappointment for this idealistic adventurer. Peter Fleming's gripping portrayal of this curious episode and its charismatic protagonists brilliantly illuminates what is now seen as a key moment in the Great Game, the repercussions of which continue to be felt throughout the region.

SKYTRAIN TO LHASA

By Akhil Bakshi

Released: 2012-07-02
Kindle Edition (10 pages)

SKYTRAIN TO LHASA
 
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Beijing is dominated by the Forbidden City, China’s Imperial Palace for nearly 500 years, where generations of terrestrial emperors lived cloistered lives, surrounded by mystery and intrigue, ceremony and ritual. No one could enter or leave the palace without the emperor's permission.
Four thousand km to the west was Lhasa, the unvisited capital of Tibet, the Forbidden Kingdom, enveloped in the the snowy heights of Kun Lun and Himalayan ranges, ruled by the monk-emperors, the Dalai Lamas, and their army of maroon-robed monks who chased away outsiders trying to trespass the roof of the world.
Over the years, the closed gates of the Forbidden City and the Forbidden Kingdom have been wrenched open, the ground shaking under the feet of stampeding tourists who flood their ancient buildings to examine the wilderness of paintings, statues, ceramics, bronzeware, remains of dried-up lamas and other curiousities of every description and every age.
In July of 2006, a spanking new train, the world’s highest railway, speeding from Beijing to Lhasa in 48 hours, opened the floodgates, transporting a deluge of tourists to the holy land. Celebrated explorer, Akhil Bakshi, describes the journey.


 
 
 

 
 
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