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China -> Xigaze
Xizang Autonomous Region-Tibet

Xigaze was the former capital of Tibet and sits at a slightly higher elevation than Lhasa. It is also the second largest town in Tibet. Xigaze was an important monastic center, historically, especially for its Tashilhunpo Monastery which was the seat of the Panchen Lama. The Panchen Lama is a physical reincarnation of the Amitabha Buddha and also enjoys reincarnation. The monastery was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and once housed 5,000 monks. On the grounds is an 85-foot heavenly statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha.

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