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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #85087: Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
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    Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

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    My first sight of Lhasa, , suggests very little is forbidden any longer. Chinese Communism has created a capitalist paradise and Lhasa is now about as dark and . . A stride of rocky outcrop in the heart of the city is in the world. , it looms over Lhasa like a giant Buddha. Chairman Mao wanted to blow it up and I can see why: If a nation could be by a single structure, Tibet was "The Potala Palace". I remember seeing this extraordinary building in photos in my encyclopaedia when I was young quite unlike anything else I had seen - the essence of . Of course, I had because at that time Tibet was closed; there was no chance of seeing it. Now, of course, I can come here; Tibet's open again but sadly, the Dalai Lama, whose palace it was, has gone and . The Potala Palace was completed in the and no expense was spared to make it a home fit for a god-king. Before the advent of , the Potala Palace was the tallest building in the world. It had no running water and everything had to be carried up . If you make it to the roof, you'll find the most enchanting of all the palace's one thousand rooms: the . This was the Dalai Lama's bedroom and from here he could be the first in Lhasa to catch the . If ever there was a place to feel " of all you survey", this was surely it. It's almost half a century since the present Dalai Lama, the fourteenth, . He'd probably very little of it now. Only has so far staved off the encircling concrete.

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