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Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

    The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon at the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River is the longest and deepest of its kind on earth. In the uninhabited region at its mid section are four clusters of waterfall groups, many with a fall of 30 to 50 meters. The gorge spans nine natural belts from ice and snow to tropical monsoon forests. It is therefore bestowed with a stunning variety of species, including two-thirds of the higher plants, half of the mammals and four-fifths of the insects in Tibet, as well as three-fifths of the large fungi of China. The gorge is a synthesis of glaciers, staggering cliffs, sinister swamps and a billowing river. With much of it never marked by human feet, the region is dubbed the "last spot of secrecy on earth." The best season for travel is May to October.

Metog Nature Reserve

    The reserve in Metog County in southeastern Tibet is actually part of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. Its terrain rolls up and down drastically, from the 7,756-meter Namjagbarwa Peak and 7,151-meter Gyalha Palri Peak, to lowlands of 750 meters. On a swath of barely 40 kilometers the altitude can vary as much as 7,000 meters. Rivers and waterfalls gush between peaks, creating breathtaking scenes. Covering 460,000 hectares, the area has the largest and best preserved virgin forests in China.

Xueshengong (Snow God Palace) Restaurant

    This business by the western wall of Potala Palace on Beijing Middle Road is one of the top Tibetan restaurants in the city.

    Tel: 0891-9003803

Xueyu (Snowland) Restaurant

    This restaurant at 4 Tibetan Medicine Hospital Road serves a choice of Tibetan, Western and Nepalese dishes.

    Tel: 0891-6337323

Zangjiayan (Tibetan Family's Feast) Restaurant

    A home-style eatery, this restaurant is run by the descendant of a chef who served Tibetan nobles. Signature dishes are hand-served mutton chops, seafood hotpot, blood sausages and baked wheat buns.

    Add: 75 Eastern District of Tuanjie Xincun

    Tel: 0891-6332886

Gakla Metok Bar

    Located in an old house with a sun-drenched yard and a candle-lit shrine, the building is said to have been the residence of the twelfth Dalai's parents. The current owner is a painter, who not only offers his visitors palatable food but also a nice collection of Tibetan handiwork, books and music.

    Add: 127 Beijing East Road.

Makye Ame Bar

    Makye Ame means an expectant bride in Tibetan. The bar is a snuff-colored three-story building on Barkhor Street. It is said to have been the place of trysts between the legendary sixth Dalai Lama and his expectant bride, where poems of romance were composed. The top story offers a nice view of bustling Barkhor Street.

Guangming (Brightness) Sweet Tea House

    One of the best places in Lhasa to try Tibetan sweet tea. A cup costs merely RMB 0.3.

    Add: Tibetan Medicine Hospital Road

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