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Lhasa is the traditional capital of Tibet and the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama. One of the highest cities in the world at an altitude of 3,650 m, Lhasa literally means "place of the gods". For centuries it was forbidden for foreigners to enter Lhasa and today it still has the feel of a hidden kingdom. Standing on a plain over 3,600 metres above sea level, surrounded by towering mountains, it is easy to understand see why its name translates as 'Place of the Gods'.
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