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One more (and the last one) picture from my trip on 2006 to China. This time the closer view of the Potala Palace. It was quite difficult to buy the tickets there for an individual tourists. I had to join the queue and to come several times during the tree days, but finally I succeeded and I was proud of it. Finally we could go up these imposing stairs you see on the left side.

High on Moburi ('Red Hill'), in central Lhasa, stands the world famous Potala Palace. It was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645.

This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters above sea level, towering 100 meters above the city of Lhasa. This 13-stories-high palace has over 1,000 rooms. The stone walls measure 3 meters (10 feet) thick on average.

The Potala Palace has stood for centuries as a testament to the Tibetan people and their beliefs. Thousands of pilgrims from around the world come every year to pay homage to this grand estate and the symbol it stands for.
The general structure of the Potala Palace is in two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. The beautiful murals inside the palace are not only attractive, but also tell the story of Tibet. The golden roof group on the top of the Red Palace is worth seeing.

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