Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, a small Himalayan country that has been occupied by China since the early 1950s.
It is a spiritual country with many Buddhist temples and the Potala, former home of the Dali Lama.
The country of Tibet also has a unique and pleasing style of architecture.
The heart of Lhasa and possible every Tibetan is Jokhang Temple. The main hall has a statue of the 12-year-old seated Sakyamuni Buddha, while surrounding it are chapels to various Buddhist saints.
Ferocious guards stand on duty at the entrance and yak butter lamps burn in many places throughout the temple.
From it's roof, the Potala can be seen but the golden roofs of the temple themselves are an unbelievable sight.
The thousands of prostrating pilgrims have polished smooth the flagstones in front of the temple which is also the beginning of the Barkhor, the inner pilgrim circuit of Lhasa.
Shrines, pray wheels and shops line this pilgrim route.
Near Jokhang Temple, there is a small foundry where Buddhist statues are made.
Household goods and home altars are also a cottage industry in this area.
Throughout the markets of Lhasa, Chinese medical products that were gathered in the mountains and valleys were sold on the streets as are farm produce, trinkets and souvenirs.
Lhasa, though somewhat difficult to get to, is without a doubt one of the most exotic, exciting and interesting capitals in the world.
Photos and story courtesy of Bob & Wilma.