Lhasa, a city of sunshine
Lhasa means Land of Gods in Tibetan. The northern bank of the Lhasa River, (a tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo River) is 3,650 meters above sea level. The City is famous for its long history. Lhasa is also famous as a city of sunshine (more than 3,000 hours a year). It is the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is the political, economic and cultural centre of the region. It boasts many historical sites and scenic spots both in its urban areas and on the outskirts. The Potala Palace and Jokhang, Sera and Ganden monasteries, and Drepung Temple are well known both at home and abroad.