Journey to the roof of the world to uncover the mysteries of Tibet in the incredible city of Lhasa whilst enjoying the very best cultural, historical and natural treasures that China has to offer – from the Great Wall and Terracotta Army to the Yangtze River.
Journey through the diverse landscapes of Yunnan Province up to ‘the roof of the world’ where you will experience the many wonders of Tibet. Admire ancient monasteries and Himalayan vistas before taking in the ultimate view of Everest.
Experience the inherent spirituality and natural grandeur of Tibet alongside China’s most renowned and awe-inspiring sights on an itinerary that perfectly blends unique culture, majestic landscapes and modern wonders.
The Potala Palace took 50 years to complete.
Zhou Enlai was so enamoured by the Potala that he sent his own troops to protect it during the Cultural Revolution.
One of the Potala’s second floor corridors has 698 painted murals along its length.
The Potala is said to be the highest palace in the world, at 3,500 metres above sea level.
The name ‘Potala’ comes from the sacred Mount Potalaka, the abode of Chenrezig the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
The Potala is spilt into two palaces, the Red Palace and the White Palace. The White Palace contains the living quarters of the Dalai Lama, whilst the Red Palace is devoted to religious study and prayer.
It is thought that copper was poured into the foundations of the palace to help earthquake proof it.
The walls of the palace are 3 to 5 metres thick.
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