The Shangri-La Lhasa opens on the 'roof of the world'

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High in the clouds, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the Shangri-La Lhasa is set 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above sea level -- an opening billed as the brand’s spiritual homecoming. The mystical Buddhist heartland has become an increasingly popular destination on many a bucket list, particularly for intrepid globetrotters who’ve already ticked off Paris and New York and are looking for the final frontier in travel. Take a tour of Tibet's latest luxury hotel opening. (All pics: AFP)

High in the clouds, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the Shangri-La Lhasa is set 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above sea level -- an opening billed as the brand’s spiritual homecoming. The mystical Buddhist heartland has become an increasingly popular destination on many a bucket list, particularly for intrepid globetrotters who’ve already ticked off Paris and New York and are looking for the final frontier in travel. Take a tour of Tibet's latest luxury hotel opening. (All pics: AFP)

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Shangri-La Lhasa's lobby features a 6.5-meter tall chandelier made from 61,000 pieces of crystal, draped in a flowing red fabric to evoke a prayer wheel.

Shangri-La Lhasa's lobby features a 6.5-meter tall chandelier made from 61,000 pieces of crystal, draped in a flowing red fabric to evoke a prayer wheel.

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Shangri-La Lhasa features an oxygen lounge that provides guests with the same O2 levels found at sea level to help them acclimatize to their new altitude.

Shangri-La Lhasa features an oxygen lounge that provides guests with the same O2 levels found at sea level to help them acclimatize to their new altitude.

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Drums at the hotel's Shang Palace restaurant.

Drums at the hotel's Shang Palace restaurant.

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The gateway to the Shangri-La Lhasa.

The gateway to the Shangri-La Lhasa.

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