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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa

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Enjoy a scenic path and the sight of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), tumbling in three tiers from 22 m (72 ft) and then from 30 m (98 ft), respectively. Gushing out of rocky formation into a large 21 m deep (69 ft) pond, the first waterfall offers a spectacular view, which you can enjoy from a railing at a safe distance. Called the "Pond of the Emperor of Heaven," this national treasure supports a number of rare plants growing in the vicinity of the cascades--most notably solimnan reed, which makes it a national monument. The hike will take you past a picturesque red and white metal pedestrian bridge and a Buddhist temple. Bring walking shoes, bug spray, and water. To visit Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) on your trip to Lhasa, use our Lhasa vacation planner.
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  • This is the largest of Tibetan monasteries and perhaps the most historic. It preserves some of the old Buddhist colleges and the Dalai Lama's residence. If you are not too familiar with the history of...  more »
  • Many different artifacts, many worshiping Buddhist pilgrims and spectacular views. Be sure you have a good guide. physically demanding.  more »
  • 大的不行,人也很少。逛了两个小时感觉都没有逛完一半。哲蚌寺在拉萨寺庙中的历史地位是很高的,有兴趣的可以了解一下  more »