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Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet (autonomous territory of China), with total area 60 km2 (20 ml2), and population around 900,000. The closest seaport is Kolkata India, located approx 1100 km (680 ml) from Lhasa. Nathu La pass connects connects India (Sikkim state) with Tibet and provides Chinese companies with access to Port Kolkata for transshipments to and from Tibet.
Lhasa City is visited on 13-15-day Yangtze River cruisetours with flights from Xian to Lhasa, then return flights from Lhasa to Chongqing. Lhasa is located at altitude 3490 m (11450 ft), ranking it one of the world's highest cities. Lhasa is Tibet's capital since the mid-17th century. It has many culturally significant Buddhist buildings, including Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace (all designated UNESCO sites).
There are some night spots with cabaret style entertainment. There performers sing in Nepali, Tibetan, Chinese and English, while dancers are in traditional Tibetan traditional costumes. Several small bars offer live music, but offer limited drink menus.
Local economy is based on service and tourism industries. Many rural residents practice traditional animal husbandry and agriculture. Lhasa is also Tibet's trade hub. Mining (lead, zinc, copper) is another major industry.