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 (lä′sə, lăs′ə)
A city of southwest China, the capital of Tibet. Since the mid-1600s, it has been the official residence of the Dalai Lama and the center of Tibetan Buddhism.


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(Placename) a city in SW China, capital of Tibet, at an altitude of 3606 m (11 830 ft): for centuries the sacred city of Lamaism and residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 17th century until 1950; known as the Forbidden City because it was closed to Westerners until the beginning of the 20th century; annexed by China in 1951. The Dalai Lama fled after an unsuccessful revolt against Chinese rule in 1959. Pop: 131 000 (2005 est)


(ˈlɑ sə, -sɑ, ˈlæs ə)

the capital of Tibet, in SW China: sacred city of Lamaism. 310,000.
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Noun1.Lhasa - the sacred city of LamaismLhasa - the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers
Sitsang, Thibet, Tibet, Xizang - an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas
2.Lhasa - a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogsLhasa - a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogs
terrier - any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
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Beijing [China], Feb 23 ( ANI ): China has denied arson as the cause of a fire at a Tibetian Buddhist temple in Lhasa, its state media reported on Thursday.
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Tests on the line, which will connect Lhasa right up to Nathu La Pass and Sikkim, may begin in less than two years' time.
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Her suicide, the 38th since 2009, came three days after two other Tibetans self-immolated near the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa, a major site for Tibetan pilgrims and tourists, that left one dead and another seriously burned.
A Tibetan has died and another is seriously injured after the first case of self-immolation in Lhasa, the capital of China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, state media reported Monday.