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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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The Lhasa Map - Tibet City Map 1:4,000 - Traditional Tibetan Architecture and Townscape (Gecko Maps)

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The Lhasa Map - Tibet City Map 1:4,000 - Traditional Tibetan Architecture and Townscape (Gecko Maps)
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Very detailed and informative street plan of Lhasa with enlargements for the Old Town and the Marpori Hill, as well as plans and elevation drawings of main palaces and temples. The plan, based on extensive research project carried out under the auspices of the Network of University Cooperation Tibet-Norway, is designed to highlight the citys architectural and historical heritage and distinguish between pre- and post-1950 developments.

The main plan at 1:4,000 covers the central part of the city with the all the main religious structures. Religious buildings are highlighted and colouring of secular buildings indicates if built before or after 1950. A wide range of symbols shows various facilities: hotels, restaurants, tea houses, banks, etc.; viewpoints, prostration points, recommended sightseeing route, etc.

On the reverse there are plans at 1:3,000 of the Old Town and the Marpori Hill, plus north and south Chakpori, naming individual historical buildings and temples and indicating all development dating after 1950. Detailed plans and elevation drawings are provided for the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, plus plans of several other sites.

Also included is a plan of the Norbulingka park and a map at 1:60,000 showing Greater Lhasa in 1985. All the text is in English, French and German.

To Lhasa in Disguise (Adventure Travel Classics)

By William McGovern

The Long Riders' Guild Press
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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.

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
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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.

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.

Into Tibet: The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa

By Thomas Laird

Grove Press
Released: 2018-09-01
Kindle Edition (384 pages)

Into Tibet: The CIA s First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa
 
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A “fascinating” story of espionage that “fills a blank space in the hidden history of the Cold War” (The Houston Chronicle).
 
Into Tibet is the incredible story of a 1949–1950 American undercover expedition led by America’s first atomic agent, Douglas S. Mackiernan—a covert attempt to arm the Tibetans and to recognize Tibet’s independence months before China invaded.
 
A Nepal-based American journalist reveals how the clash between the State Department and the CIA, as well as unguided actions by field agents, hastened the Chinese invasion of Tibet. A gripping narrative of survival, courage, and intrigue among the nomads, princes, and warring armies of inner Asia, Into Tibet rewrites the accepted history behind the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
 
“A gripping tale.” —The Washington Post


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A “fascinating” story of espionage that “fills a blank space in the hidden history of the Cold War” (The Houston Chronicle).
 
Into Tibet is the incredible story of a 1949–1950 American undercover expedition led by America’s first atomic agent, Douglas S. Mackiernan—a covert attempt to arm the Tibetans and to recognize Tibet’s independence months before China invaded.
 
A Nepal-based American journalist reveals how the clash between the State Department and the CIA, as well as unguided actions by field agents, hastened the Chinese invasion of Tibet. A gripping narrative of survival, courage, and intrigue among the nomads, princes, and warring armies of inner Asia, Into Tibet rewrites the accepted history behind the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
 
“A gripping tale.” —The Washington Post

Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa

By Don Brown

Brand: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2002-09-30
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Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel s Journey to Lhasa
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In her time, Alexandra David-Neel was the most famous woman in France. She had traveled extensively in China and Tibet and, in 1924, was the first Western woman ever to enter Tibet’s forbidden capital, Lhasa. Alexandra was a self-taught Buddhist scholar and spoke Tibetan flawlessly. And she did it all as a mature woman—she was in her mid-fifties when she arrived in Lhasa.
Not only is Alexandra David-Neel’s story one of high adventure, of trekking through snow-choked mountain passes and wild encounters on the Tibetan tablelands, but it is also about a prolific writer and passionate advocate of Tibetan culture. Far Beyond the Garden Gate reveals an unforgettable life’s journey with vibrant, graceful prose and stunning illustrations.

Lhasa and its mysteries : with a record of the expedition of 1903-1904 (1906)

By L. A. (Laurence Austine), 1854-1938 Waddell

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