One of the places I've been dreaming of since my childhood! I am quite, quite certain that my idealistic dreams created while listening to traditional chants of Tibetan monks, wouldn't have much in common with the reality. And yet...isn't it a magical place? The sight of the majestic palace topped over the valley, encircled by high mountains, always gives me the goose-bumps! Posting this postcard with the wish to see it one day.
And yes - thanks to my great swapping friend Cynthia from China!
2 of 45 in China
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
The Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the
7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the
traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White
and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain
in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m. Also founded
in the 7th century, the Jokhang Temple Monastery is an exceptional
Buddhist religious complex. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer
palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan
art. The beauty and originality of the architecture of these three
sites, their rich ornamentation and harmonious integration in a striking
landscape, add to their historic and religious interest.