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The Evolution and Preservation of the Old City of Lhasa

  • The first comprehensive book on the historical evolution, planning and preservation of the old Lhasa city

  • Contextualizes and represents the evolution of old Lhasa city in its original social-historical settings

  • Explores and presents the representative old courtyards preserved in the old Lhasa city

  • Provides comparisons with cases of the preservation of other Chinese historical cities


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About this book


This book is the first to provide an in-depth analysis about the history, urban development, planning, and preservation of the Lhasa city over the last thirteen centuries.  It studis the old Lhasa city as part of Tibet's social and historical evolution process, therefore, the book presentes a relatively wide angle of vision and objective understanding. The research draws on an unparalleled amount of archival sources as well as up-to-date findings of original research projects. In the meanwhile, some experiences of other Chinese historical cities are also included for comparison with the preservation of the old Lhasa city. This book also contains many unique first-hand photos and high-quality illustrations. They can be used as a reference for scholars and students who are interested in the field of historical and cultural preservation in Chinese urban planning and construction. The book can also be useful to tourists or the people who are interested in the cultural and religious history of Tibet.  


Barkhor Historical Area Evolution of Lhasa city geographical history of Lhasa old Lhasa city preservation of cultural heritage preservation of old cities

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesInstitute of Quantitative and Technical EconomicsBeijingChina

About the authors

The author is working in the regional and urban studies in China for a long time, and visited the old Lhasa city for many times during the past decade. The author has been  served as a national expert of UNDP ‘Tibet Development and Poverty Alleviation Programme’ since 2006, working on the old Lhasa city preservation and international trade development issues.

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