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Lhasa \Lhasa\ n. The capital city of Tibet; it is the sacred city of Lamaism.

Syn: Lassa, Lasa, capital of Tibet.

2. A breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogs; also called Lhasa apso.

Syn: Lhasa apso.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Lhasa is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.

Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of , Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces.

Lhasa (computing)

In computing, Lhasa refers to two different applications.

Lhasa (disambiguation)

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Lhasa may also refer to:

  • Lhasa (prefecture-level city), the administrative region that surrounds Lhasa
  • Lhasa (computing), a computer program used to decompress files
  • Lhasa de Sela, a singer
  • Lhasa Apso, a dog breed
Lhasa (album)

Lhasa is the third and final album by singer Lhasa, released in 2009 on Warner Music. It is her only album entirely sung in English. The album was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize on June 15, 2009.

After Lhasa's death was announced on January 3, 2010, the album rapidly reascended the Canadian Albums Chart, jumping from number 142 to number 24 in just one week.

Lhasa (prefecture-level city)

Lhasa City, is a prefecture-level city, formerly a prefecture until 7 January 1960, one of the main administrative divisions of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It covers an area of of rugged and sparsely populated terrain. The prefecture-level city contains two districts Chengguan District and Doilungdêqên District.

The prefecture-level city roughly corresponds to the basin of the Lhasa River, a major tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. It lies on the Lhasa terrane, the last unit of crust to accrete to the Eurasian plate before the continent of India collided with Asia about 50 million years ago and pushed up the Himalayas. The terrane is high, contains a complex pattern of faults and is tectonically active. The temperature is generally warm in summer and rises above freezing on sunny days in winter. Most of the rain falls in summer. The upland areas and northern grasslands are used for grazing yaks, sheep and goats, while the river valleys support agriculture with crops such as barley, wheat and vegetables. Wildlife is not abundant, but includes the rare snow leopard and black-necked crane. Mining has caused some environmental problems.

The former prefecture is divided into seven mostly rural counties and one district, which contains the main urban area of Lhasa. The 2000 census gave a total population of 474,490, of whom 387,124 were ethnic Tibetans. The Han Chinese population at the time was mainly concentrated in urban areas. The prefecture-level city is traversed by two major highways and by the Qinghai–Tibet Railway, which terminates in the city of Lhasa. Two large dams on the Lhasa River deliver hydroelectric power, as do many smaller dams and the Yangbajain Geothermal Station. The population is well-served by primary schools and basic medical facilities, although more advanced facilities are lacking. Tibetan Buddhism and monastic life have been dominant aspects of the local culture since the 7th century. Most of the monasteries were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, but since then many have been restored and serve as tourist attractions.

Usage examples of "lhasa".

There were small dogs like sharp-faced corgis and brown-and-black silky terriers and a Lhasa apso with long golden hair.

Nobody died, mind you, not even a salivating Lhasa apso or a parakeet.

Her dog, a brindle-colored Lhasa apso, began a frantic search for something, flinging sand in all directions.

A sixfoot black girl with red hot pants and platform sandals went by with a Lhasa apso on a short leash.

Nancy lives in New York and is owned by three cats and a Lhasa Apso with a bad attitude.

You can compare me to a Lhasa Apso any old day, but a Chihuahua looks so sort of naked, you know?

Lhasa, found himself occupying in the entourage of the young Dalai Lama.

Well informed on Central Asian matters and fearful that the Dzungar Mongols might become a threat to their Chinese empire, they encouraged the Qosot Mongol king Lhabzang Khan, descendant of Gushri, to install himself in Lhasa and kill the Regent, who had friendly relations with the Dzungars.

There were Indians, Sikkimese, Nepalese, and of course numbers of the young gentlemen of Lhasa.

Tibet are said to have restored the religion in Lhasa at the end of the tenth century, but it was the patronage of the western kingdom of Gu-ge with its capital at Tsaparang that gave the most powerful impetus to what is called the Second Diffusion of the religion, which from then onward became centred in the monasteries, the larger of which, well endowed and populous, began to play the part of landowner and noble in the political and economic structure of a fragmented and decentralised country.

Thus when the British Mission led by Francis Younghusband forced its way to Lhasa in 1904 there were not only fluent speakers of Tibetan amongst its officers, but thanks to the painstaking reports of Indian agents, the so-called Pundits, who were secretly sent to survey Tibet after 1866, there even existed already remarkably full and accurate accounts of its religion, customs and geography.

There were also richly decorated silver and gold stupas containing the body of Dalai Lamas in the Potala at Lhasa and of the Panchen Lamas at Tashilhunpo.

The fighters passed over Lhasa and unleashed their chain guns, killing scores of Tibetans, then they continued toward the airport.

I shall take the nine-oh-five charter flight this morning to Chengdu and change planes there for Lhasa.

The same style is said to have been followed in the best images cast in Lhasa, but it is not clear whether this is a reference to the 'Dod-li images, named after a workshop situated at the foot of the Potala in Lhasa and founded in the time of the fifth Dalai Lama (1617-82).