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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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Lhasa: Streets with Memories (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

By Robert Barnett Ph.D.

Columbia University Press
Hardcover (244 pages)

Lhasa: Streets with Memories (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)
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There are many Lhasas. One is a grid of uniform boulevards lined with plush hotels, all-night bars, and blue-glass-fronted offices. Another is a warren of alleyways that surround a seventh-century temple built to pin down a supine demoness. A web of Stalinist, rectangular blocks houses the new nomenklatura. Crumbling mansions, once home to noble ministers, famous lovers, nationalist spies, and covert revolutionaries, now serve as shopping malls and faux-antique hotels. Each embodiment of the city partakes of the others' memories, whispered across time and along the city streets.

In this imaginative new work, Robert Barnett offers a powerful and lyrical exploration of a city long idealized, disregarded, or misunderstood by outsiders. Looking to its streets and stone, Robert Barnett presents a searching and unforgettable portrait of Lhasa, its history, and its illegibility. His book not only offers itself as a manual for thinking about contemporary Tibet but also questions our ways of thinking about foreign places.

Barnett juxtaposes contemporary accounts of Tibet, architectural observations, and descriptions by foreign observers to describe Lhasa and its current status as both an ancient city and a modern Chinese provincial capital. His narrative reveals how historical layering, popular memory, symbolism, and mythology constitute the story of a city. Besides the ancient Buddhist temples and former picnic gardens of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa describes the urban sprawl, the harsh rectangular structures, and the geometric blue-glass tower blocks that speak of the anxieties of successive regimes intent upon improving on the past. In Barnett's excavation of the city's past, the buildings and the city streets, interwoven with his own recollections of unrest and resistance, recount the story of Tibet's complex transition from tradition to modernity and its painful history of foreign encounters and political experiment.

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 (376 pages)

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

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.

Lhasa and its Mysteries: With a Record of the Expedition of 1903-1904 (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia)

By L. Austine Waddell

Cambridge University Press
Paperback (792 pages)

Lhasa and its Mysteries: With a Record of the Expedition of 1903-1904 (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia)
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A successful officer in the colonial Indian Medical Service, Glasgow-educated Laurence Austine Waddell (1854-1938) was fascinated by the landscapes and cultures of Darjeeling and Tibet, studied local languages, and spent his leisure time researching and writing on Tibetan topics. His earlier books The Buddhism of Tibet (1895) and Among the Himalayas (1899) are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection. Waddell had attempted to enter Lhasa (then closed to foreigners) in disguise in 1892, but did not succeed until he accompanied the controversial British expedition to Tibet in 1903-4; he describes his arrival there as 'the realisation of a vivid and long-cherished dream'. His eyewitness account of how the 'peaceful mission' became an 'invasion' occupies the first half of this 1905 publication. The later chapters vividly portray the city and its inhabitants. The book includes more than a hundred of Waddell's own photographs, as well as maps and line drawings.

Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer's Tibet

By Heinrich Harrer

Harry N Abrams Inc
Hardcover (224 pages)

Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer s Tibet
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This book provides a unique record of life in and around Tibet's capital city, Lhasa, as it will never be seen again, when Tibetan culture was still ignorant of other 20th century cultures.

To Lhasa in Disguise

By William Montgomery McGovern

The Century Co.
Hardcover

To Lhasa in Disguise
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Hardcover - To Lhasa in Disguise

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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Paperback (292 pages)

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1927. Madame David-Neel's travels in remote parts of Asia, including her fifth expedition, a journey to Tibet, of which she gives a short account in the present book, were undertaken as the result of certain peculiar circumstances. The idea of visiting Lhasa became implanted in her mind. Before the frontier post to which she had been escorted, she took an oath that in spite of all obstacles, she would reach Lhasa and show what the will of a woman could achieve.


 
 
 

 
 
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