, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is located along the banks of the LhasaRiver, a tributary of the YarlungZangboRiver.
’s history goes back over 1,300 years. Literally translated as "the sacred place," it has an abundance of sunshine and a reputation as “the SolarCity.” It is a centre of politics, economy, transport and religious activities in Tibet, and the centre Tibetan Buddhism worldwide. There are many important and beautiful places of interest in Lhasa, such as PotalaPalace, Sera Monastery and Jokhang Monastery. Lhasa's remoteness has helped maintain its original appearance and traditional lifestyle, particularly on Barhkor Street in the old part of Lhasa. Here, China tourists can find traditional arts and crafts on sale. Despite its height and distance, Lhasa has become much less isolated in recent years; now, flights leave on a regular basis from Lhasa to Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an and Kathmandu. The Qinghai-Tibet and Sichuan-Tibet highways are the main routes to the region.