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Magnificent Thousand-Buddha Cliff in Lhasa

A man pays homage to Buddhas in front of the Thousand-Buddha Cliff in Lhasa. Photo: China Tibet Online

The Yaowang Mountain, which stands close to the Potala Palace, landmark of Lhasa in Tibet Autonomous Region, is famous for a cliff engraved with thousands of Buddha statues at an altitude of 3,725 meters. The mountain is a good place for tourists to get a panoramic view of the city.

In early morning, a great number of shutterbugs usually gather at its hillside to capture the first ray of sunshine falling on the top of the Potala Palace. It is said that Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) often prayed on the hill facing the direction of her imperial home, after she married Songtsen Gampo, king of ancient Tibet.

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