Lhasa (Tibet, China)

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Region
Asia Rivers

Coordinates
29.65368 N, 91.13668 E

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Lhasa is the administrative capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China. Its main urban area is roughly equivalent to the borders of Chengguan District (part of wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, formerly administered as prefecture). Lhasa has a total urban area of 60 km2 (20 ml2), and a district area of 525 km2 (203 ml2). In 2000 its district population was 223,000 people.

Lhasa is the 2nd most populous city on Tibetan Plateau following Xining. At an altitude of 3,490 m (11,450 ft), it is one of the world's highest cities. Lhasa has been the administrative and religious capital of Tibet since the middle of the17th century. It boasts a lot of culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites like Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palaces (UNESCO world heritage sites). During the Cultural Revolution of China in the 1960s, many important sites were destroyed. Plenty have been restored since 1980s.

There are some night spots in Lhasa that feature cabaret acts and performers sing in Nepali, Tibetan, Chinese and English, and dancers are in traditional Tibetan costume featuring long flowing cloth extending from the arms. A number of small bars feature live music, though they typically offer limited drink menus and appeal mostly to foreign tourists.

Feature economy along with competitive industry play key roles in Lhasa's development. With a view to maintaining the balance between population growth and environment, service and tourism industries are emphasised as future's growth engines. Many of the rural residents of Lhasa practice traditional animal husbandry and agriculture. Lhasa is also a traditional hub of the trading network of Tibet. For many years, car making and chemical plants operated in the region and this resulted in pollution, a factor that has changed in recent years. Lead, zinc and copper are mined close by and an ongoing experimentation features new methods of geothermal heat extraction and mineral mining.

The closest seaport to Lhasa is Kolkata, India. Nathu La pass provides Chinese companies with access to port of Kolkata, situated around 1,100 km (680 miles) from Lhasa, for transshipments to/from Tibet.

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