lhasa, tibet

Lhasa, literally Palace of the Gods, is the capital city of Tibet. Re-stated with current political accuracy,  it is the administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. An offense to many.

It is the second largest city in the country and lies in the centre of the Tibetan Plateau. At an altitude of 3,490 m (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The surrounding mountains soar even higher to 5,500 m (18,000 ft) and the air only contains 68% oxygen you breath when at sea level.

The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It is here you will find many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala PalaceJokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palace.

This shot shows the city spread out beneath Potola Palace.

 

Photo location: Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
Copyright Kate McKenna. All rights reserved.

 

 

tibetan doors

Tibet has the best doors in the world!

These people are not afraid of color and their door knockers are unapologetically extravagant. At odds with their humble, non-attachment Buddhist lifestyle in a way, doors all over the country demand to be noticed. From palace doors like these at The Summer Palace in Lhasa, to the most humble two-roomed cottage, they have blazingly bright doors. It’s utterly magic.

 

 

 

Photo location: Lhasa, Tibet
Copyright Kate McKenna. All rights reserved