Lhasa Hotel in Tibet

Lhasa Hotel in TibetIf you want to plan your trip, you should choose your place to stay carefully. This will be your base for the trips around. If you’re going to stay in Tibet more than week or two, I suggest you to choose two or more hotels, so you can move on after couple of days.

Here is the first tip for a hotel
Lhasa Tibet Hotel
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Jokhang temple

Jokhang temple frontfaceOne place one must see while in Tibet is the Jokhang temple also knowns as Jokang, Jokhang Temple, Jokhang Monastery or Tsuklakang (gTsug lag khang).

This is a famous budhist temple located in Lhasa (traditional Tibet capital) on Barkhor square. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa

This temple has remained a key center of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries. It was sacked several times by the Mongols, but the building survived. In the past several centuries the temple complex was expanded and now covers an area of about 25,000 sq. meters.

Jokhang statue

According to a legend, the Jokhang Temple was built on the former site of a lake. Every try to build a temple in the region ended by collapse of the building. Then they decided to build it on the lake site.

This phenomenom confused Princess Bhrikuti so much, that she turned to Wen Cheng for help. As she was very smart and learned woman, Wen Cheng told the Princess that the geography of Tibet was very much like a hag, with the lake at the heart. In order to build the temple, Wen Cheng advised they must demolish the hag by filling and leveling the lake using 1,000 sheep to carry soil from a mountain far away. When the temple was done, it was called Ra-Sa-Vphrul-Snang (‘ra’ meaning sheep and ‘sa’ meaning earth in Tibetan) to commemorate those sheep.

Whether the legend is true or not, this temple brought Buddhism into Tibet and became an inseparable part of Tibetan history and culture. The city of Ra-Sa grew around the temple and over time, become known as Lhasa, a holy land.

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Photos were taken from: www.krajopad.cz with the permission of the author Filip Dvoracek.

tibet flag and seal

seal of tibetWhen the Government of Tibet in Exile and the Tibetan refugee community abroad refer to Tibet, they mean the areas consisting of the traditional provinces of Amdo, Kham, and Ü-Tsang, but excluding Sikkim, Bhutan, and Ladakh that have also formed part of the Tibetan cultural sphere.

When the People’s Republic of China (PRC) refers to Tibet, it means the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR): a province-level entity which, according to the territorial claims of the PRC, includes Arunachal Pradesh (which is an Indian state but disputed by China). The TAR covers the Dalai Lama’s former domain, consisting of Ü-Tsang and western Kham, while Amdo and eastern Kham are part of Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan, and Sichuan.

flag of tibet
Tibet flag used intermittently between 1912 and 1950. This version was introduced by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1912. The flag is outlawed in the People’s Republic of China.

The difference in definition is a major source of dispute. The distribution of Amdo and eastern Kham into surrounding provinces was initiated by the Yongzheng Emperor during the 18th century and has been continuously maintained by successive Chinese governments. Tibetan exiles, in turn, consider the maintenance of this arrangement from the 18th century as part of a divide-and-rule policy.

source: wikipedia

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