Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. Its remoteness at the high altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) means there is limited accessibility, and its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history has helped to foster the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion.
Differing from the inland cities and other places in Tibet, Lhasa is unique with an allure all of its own. In the Tibetan language, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land. It is the centre of Tibet’s politics, economy and culture. The city has also been appointed as one of the 24 historical and cultural cities of China. The splendour and grandeur of the Potala Palace in Lhasa remains a world-famous symbol of the enigmatic power of politics and religion in this region.