Photos: Top 10 places to visit in Tibet

A sacred and holy reflection of the world, a dream place for pilgrims around the world. But this is not all about Tibet.

[img src=]1220Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon
Stretching 496-kilometers long and averaging over 5,000 meters deep, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is one of the deepest and longest canyons in the world. Statistics show that nearly 5,000 species of vegetation have already been found here, which earned the Grand Canyon the title of “Natural arboretum” and “Plan Gene Bank”. Though home to many animals and plants, the canyon is barely explored and affected by human influence. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]780Tashilhunpo Monastery
Founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, the Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse is one of the oldest and largest Gelugpa sect monasteries in Tibet. Located at the foot of Tara’s Mountain (also called Drolmari), Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama, who had temporal power over three small districts. Since the early 1980s, parts of the Tashilhunpo monastery have been open to the public and it is an important tourist attraction in Tibet today. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]650Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Lying to the south of Yarlong Tsanpo River, Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's three holy lakes, together with Nam Co and Mapam Yum Co. Embraced by the uninterrupted snow-covered mountains, the lake appears as a reflection of sunshine, lending itself gorgeous and mysterious colors with a secluded and holy atmosphere. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]641Samye Monastery
Founded during the reign of King Trisong Detsen of the Tubo Kingdom, with the help of Indian Buddhist masters Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, the Samye Monastery is widely believed to be Tibet's first formal Buddhist monastery. Now, the temple is included in the list of the cultural relics of national importance under the protection of the state. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]580Sera Monastery
Sitting at the foot of Tatipu Hill in Lhasa, Sera Monastery is one of the three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. With about 700 resident monks in it, the monastery is dedicated to Gelugpa, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Behind the monastery, there was a hill with wild roses in bloom covered at the time when it was built, hence the name of Sera, meaning wild rose in Tibetan. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]550Namtso Lake
As the second largest salt water lake in China and the highest lake in the world, Namtso Lake is known as "Heavenly Lake" in Tibetan. Holy, sacred and generally uninhabited, the islands have been regarded as a spiritual retreat for pilgrims nationwide. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]560Potala Palace
Legend has it that the Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century for the wedding of Tibetan King Songtsan Gompo and Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). As a testament to Tibetan people and their religious belief, the Potala Palace that is seen today reflects continuous renovation and additions since the 17th century. Since May, 24 tourist attractions have been included in the "price trusted" list by the China National Tourism Administration after agreements which include not raising prices for three years. The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet autonomous region. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]500Lake Manasarovar
Situated at the altitude of about 4, 588 meters, Lake Manasarovar is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. The Hindu legend said the limpid and bright water is pure enough to wash away one’s sins as well as his distracting thoughts. With the meaning of “Invincible Jade Lake” in Tibetan, this lake is a sacred place for pilgrims who attach great ceremonial value to walking around it clockwise. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]491Mount Qomolangma
Also renowned as Mount Everest, it is the world's highest mountain, a peak of dream for every climber in the world. Qomolangma stands for 'Goddess the Third' in Tibetan, which intrigued people worldwide with its mysterious and magic power. PHOTO/ CFP
[img src=]541Drepung Monastery
Situated on the outskirts of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is 600 years old. It is renowned as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. The grand and purely white appearance looks just like a heap of rice, hence the name of “Drepung” that refers to “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan. PHOTO/ CFP