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Story of the Potala: World’s Highest Palace in Tibet

February 13, 2013 marked 100 years since His Holiness 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed the restoration of Tibet’s independence following a period of Qing domination. In the last few years, February 13th has been celebrated as Tibetan Independence Day in over 30 cities worldwide.

Each year, on this date, Tibetans and their supporters have celebrated various symbols of Tibetan independence: the Tibetan national flag, the 1913 Tibetan Proclamation of Independence, the historical pillar in Lhasa erected to mark a peace treaty between Tibet and China.

This year’s global celebration of this important day is being marked by highlighting the historical importance of the great Potala Palace of Tibet and Tibetan people’s vision for a free and democratic Tibet. Today, China attempts to portray the Potala Palace solely as a tourist attraction.

However, for the Tibetan people, the Potala Palace is much more than an attractive monument; it is a representation of Tibet’s independent past and a symbol of Tibet’s future statehood for Tibetans around the globe.

Képtalálat a következőre: „The Potala Palace in Lhasa”

Below are ten interesting facts about this world heritage site known as the Potala Palace:

1. The Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, was the chief residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It also served as the seat of the Tibetan Government for hundreds of years, until China’s illegal invasion of Tibet in 1949. So in terms of symbolism, it is like the White House and the Capitol Building combined in one majestic edifice.

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China claims Dalai Lama in talks to return to Tibet

Lhasa – China’s government in Tibet has claimed that the Dalai Lama is in talks with Beijing through “personal envoys” on the possibility of returning to Tibet. 

Wu Yingjie, Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party Committee for Tibet, told Indian journalists in Lhasa that the talks were “ongoing and always smooth, but we are discussing only his future, not Tibet’s.” 
Wu said several Tibetan leaders had returned to Tibet in the recent past, citing the case of a senior Lama in Chengdu province who was earlier living in Switzerland. “All Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama and the people around him, can return if they accept Tibet and Taiwan as part of China, and give up ‘splittist’ efforts,” he said.
Wu also answered a question on why a round of talks, held through envoys in 2010, broke down after nine rounds of back and forth. The terms put forward by the Dalai Lama’s envoys had been unacceptable Wu said.
“How can the Dalai Lama demand that China withdraw its army from Tibet? The army is a symbol of our state. Will India agree to withdraw its Army from Arunachal Pradesh?” he said, referring to the Indian state that is situated on the Indo-China border and is also claimed by China to be part of its territory. 
Wu also said a proposal by the Prime Minister of the self-styled “Tibetan government in exile,” Lobsang Sangay, for a larger region to be included in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, was unacceptable.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a high lama in the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Buddhism that is practiced in Tibet. He is seen as a manifestation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara.

At the age of 23, he fled Tibet fearing for his life during the Tibetan Uprising, a revolt against the Communist Party of China that controlled Tibet at the time. He crossed into India and has lived there in political asylum.
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