The Yumbulakhang Palace overlooking the Tsedang Valley, Tibet 19 Dec 2016
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South into the Yarlung Valley heartlands is the ancient and spectacular site of Yumbulakhang, which looks as if it grew out of the peak of a hill. Home to the Yarlung kings (AD 627-842), it is thought to have dated from a much earlier period, possibly around 130 BC and the first Tibetan king, Myatri Tsenpo. Sadly it was reduced to ruins in the Cultural Revolution and most of what stands today is a 1980s reconstruction. There is a superb view across the valley below, however, whose fields have been cultivated for over two millennia. Explore the spiritual land of Tibet and its many monasteries and palaces with Insight Guides' China and Tibet – An Unforgettable Adventure trip.