For those willing to ascend the 12,000-foot climb, be rewarded with the Red Palace, filled with murals, bejeweled stupas, and tombs of past Dalai Lamas. Now functioning as a state museum, this towering 17th-century structure is a massive palace of 13 stories with more than 1,000 rooms, as well as centuries-old shrines.
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, lies on the Lhasa River's north bank in a valley of the Himalayas and is an old city with a storied history, but also a blend of modernity and tradition. Accommodate at Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa located just 2 kilometres to the east is the Historic Ensemble of the Tibet-Potala Palace (winter residence of the Dalai Lama) and 1.5 kilometres to the west is the Tibetan garden, Norbulingka (also known as the summer residence), exactly in the centre of the city, giving you great convenience and immeasurable luxury.
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