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Yamdrok Lake

OverviewPotala Palace in Lhasa is situated on Red Hill , which is 3,700m in elevation. It is known as the highest and one of the most famous architectural works in the world. The palace was built by the Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo in the 7th century for the princess Wencheng.from Tang Empire, and in the 17th century it was reconstructed.  The palace, famous its artistic, historic, and cultural values, has been ranked as the No. 1 must-see attraction in Tibet and attracted millions of visitors yearly. In 1994, the palace joined the list of world cultural heritage sitesYet few seem able to agree about its origins. Some have suggested that politics drove its creation. They assert that the Tibetan Empire’s founder Songtsän Gampo – born sometime ... Read More

Gyantse Dzong Fortress

How to get there:Located at the south end of the small Tibetan Old Town and to the north of the newer Chinese quarter, Gyantse Dzong can't be missed. Stairs are accessible from the east side of Dzong off Yingxiong Nan Lu. It takes about 20 minutes to climb to the top.Perched on a massive rocky crag looming above Gyantse's Old Town, the 14th century citadel of Gyantse Dzong stands as a bittersweet reminder of Tibet's wrenching passage into the modern world.It also affords a dramatic view of the Old Town and the temple complex of Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the multi-tiered Gyantse Kumbum rising within its walls in addition to windows on several of the most dramatic—and tragic—periods in Tibetan history. Gyantse Dzong: A citadel of ... Read More