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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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Insight Pocket Guide Tibet: Lhasa-Kathmandu

By Steve Van Beek

Brand: Langenscheidt Publishers
Paperback

Insight Pocket Guide Tibet: Lhasa-Kathmandu
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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.

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.

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

By Reise KnowHow

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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.

The unveiling of Lhasa

By Edmund Candler

Ulan Press
Released: 2012-08-31
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The unveiling of Lhasa
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This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.


 
 
 

 
 
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