Alingcring mystery, an otherworldliness envelops Tibet, making a visit here truly
inviting. However, there is one caveat Lhasa, 'I'ibet's capital, sits at nearly
12,000 feet, and altitude sickness is a real possibility.|
Visitors should plan on at least a few days in the capital to acclimatize before setting out for monastery visits.
'I'he holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet and bestloved temple in Lhasa is the Jokhang where hundreds of worshipers prostrate themselves in prayer before entering In the Barkhor, a huge market next to the temple, merchants sell just about everything, including beautiful silver, coral and turquoise beaded jewelry.
The spectacular, 17th century Potala Palace that looms over Lhasa and the Dalai Lama's old Summer Palace at Norbulingka, two miles to the west, are such monumental structures that it's easy to spend a whole day exploring them.
The great monasteries of Drepung and Sera outside the city also have a wealth of religious artwork.
A special permit authorized by the 'I'ibet Travel Authotity, and a Chinese visa as well, are required for Tibet. Contrary to what is often assumed, individuals can travel solo with a guide and driver, although it can be difficult to arrange for accommodations.
Transportation, however, is much easier now that there are twice-weekly flights from Chongqing and daily flights from Chengdu to Lhasa.
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