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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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Tibet

By Julian Bound

Independently published
Paperback (117 pages)

Tibet
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TIBET A photography book by award winning documentary photographer Julian Bound. A photographic journey through Tibet’s villages, landscapes, towns and the capital city of Lhasa. From the Tibetan Everest base camp to the world’s highest mountain pass of Ganchula and the 14,570feet/4,441m high Yamdrok Lake with its vast collection of multi-coloured prayer flags. Passing through the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya mountain range and onwards to the monasteries and temples of Drepung and Sera of Lhasa, and Jokhang Temple of Barkhor Square in the heart of the Tibetan capital. A unique view on the country of Tibet – The Rooftop of The World. With over 100 photographs in colour and black and white.

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 (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
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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

Brand: Harry N Abrams
Paperback (200 pages)

Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer s Tibet
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Offers a record of life in Lhasa before Communism, detailing the author's experiences and encounters

Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet

By Sarat Chandra Das

Released: 2013-06-03
Kindle Edition (314 pages)

Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet
 
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Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet. 336 Pages.

Lhasa

By Collectif

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Lhasa
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Folded, two-sided, very detailed map of Lhasa, Tibet at 1:4,000 scale (.06 miles = one inch), showing traditional Tibetan architecture and townscape. Map shows roads and buildings block by block, including hotels, monastaires, stupas, mosques, tourist information, tea houses. The reverse side of map shows architectural drawings of famous buildings such as the Potala Palace, Marpori, Jokhang, Norbulinka and various temples. There is also an inset of Lhasa Old Town with architectural history text. Legend is in English and German.

A Complete Guide to Lhasa

By Beautiful World Escapes

Mythos Publishing
Released: 2017-11-26
Kindle Edition (42 pages)

A Complete Guide to Lhasa
 
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A Complete Guide to Tibet provides you with all the information you need to plan your trip to Tibet in China. Dive into a fascinating journey through several thousand years of history, as you plan your trip, you will be enthralled with such sites as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang and Sera Monastery. Learn about lesser known attractions such as the Tibet Peaceful Liberation Monument, Tibet Stadium, and Maru Temple. With a useful guide on local accommodation and restaurants, A Complete Guide to Lhasa is the only guide you will need.

Journey to Lhasa in Tibet (Asia Series Book 3)

By Brian Lawrenson

Marco Polo Press
Released: 2013-11-22
Kindle Edition (45 pages)

Journey to Lhasa in Tibet (Asia Series Book 3)
 
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An ancient, beat-up, rusty Chinese bus is the transport to Lhasa from Nepal. It providing an unforgettable travel experience. Visit the ten storey high Potala Palace once the home of the Dalai Lama and his Summer Palace and the monasteries of Sera and Deprung.

The September 2010 update includes details of the Beijing to Lhasa rail link.

This short travelogue is ideal reading for people that love travel and travel stories.


 
 
 

 
 
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