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Potala Palace Tours

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Potala Palace
Tucked into Lhasa’s iconic Red Hill, Potala Palace is the highest palace in the world, with its main structure sitting more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Its sprawling structures are divided into two parts, known as the Red and White palaces. Travelers who venture to this religious Mecca will find a center devoted to Buddhist prayer and impressive, detailed murals located inside the Great West Hall. The Dharma Cave and Saint’s Chapel date all the way back to the seventh century, offering visitors a chance to connect with Tibet’s rich history in a truly unique way. 

The White Palace, which once housed local Tibetan government, now serves as the living quarters for the Dalai Lama. It’s also home to a school, seminary, printing house, well-kept gardens and even a jail. In addition to breathtaking views, visitors will find cultural relics, brightly colored murals and hand-carved statues dating back to ancient times.

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Polata Palace is located at 35 Beijing Middle Road in Chengguan in Lhasa, and as with many sites, the Chinese government strictly controls entrance. All travelers must enter from the east main entrance, and all visits are limited to one hour. During high season, from May 1 to October 31, travelers must apply for reservation tickets to enter the palace. Although they are free, it is not possible to enter the grounds without them. No liquids are allowed in the palace, and a thorough security check is administered. Be sure to respect Tibetan Buddhist customs by not stepping on thresholds or wearing hats.
Address: 35 Beijing Middle Rd, Lhasa, China
Hours: May-Oct 7:30am-6:40pm Nov-Apr 9am-4pm
Admission: May-Oct 200RMB; Nov-Apr 100RMB
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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from LhasaHalf-day Tours

Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

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Discover one of Tibet’s most important landmarks one this half-day tour of the Potala Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Potala Palace was home to the Dalai Lama until 1959. Today, the enormous structure—which has more than 1,000 rooms—is one of Tibet’s top attractions. Meet your guide directly in your hotel lobby, and transfer via taxi to the palace. You’ll have several hours to explore before returning via taxi to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Small-Group 3-Night Lhasa Potala Palace Impression TourMulti-day Tours

Small-Group 3-Night Lhasa Potala Palace Impression Tour

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This 3-night tour is the perfect way to explore Lhasa in a short period of time. You’ll be in a small-group, which means you’ll have a more personalized experience, and better access to your guide than larger tours. Enjoy the convenience of having your transport, accommodation, and entrance fees organized for you. You’ll visit multiple UNESCO-listed sites with a guide, such as Potala Palace, and see the magnificent Drepung Temple too. 
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

4-Day Tibet Tours from Beijing, Private Package to Lhasa, Potala PalaceMulti-day Tours

4-Day Tibet Tours from Beijing, Private Package to Lhasa, Potala Palace

Travel from Beijing to Lhasa by plane and explore the mysterious Tibet on a private 4-day tour. Visit the must-see places in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Have a further understanding about the history and culture of Tibet. A professional tour guide and an experienced driver will guarantee you a worry-free tour
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang TempleFull-day Tours

Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

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Travel with ease between two of Tibet’s top attractions on an 8-hour tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple from Lhasa. Head first to Potala Palace  — World Heritage site and the highest palace in the world — and take a guided tour of the ornate Red and White palaces. See, too, the UNESCO-listed Jokhang Temple, a 7th-century structure that exemplifies Tibetan Buddhist architecture. Small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including LunchBus Tours

Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch

See Lhasa's two main attractions on this 9-hour private tour to Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. You'll learn about the area's rich history and see collections of artifacts with a private guide. Lunch is included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang TempleHiking

4-Day Tibet Tour: Private Lhasa Package of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

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Explore the palaces of the Dalai Lamas and learn about Tibetan Buddhism on a private 4-day tour of Lhasa. Tour the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into Buddhist traditions when visiting Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Witness the rhythms of local life in the shops along Barkhor Street, and stop into the Tibet Museum and Tibetan Traditional Hospital. This once-in-a-lifetime tour includes three nights of accommodation, airport transfers and most meals.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group TourMulti-day Tours

10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour

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This well-designed tour will help you to discover most of the wonders from Lhasa to Mt Everest and Lake Namtso. The tour starts with the top holy sites in Lhasa such as Potala Palace which is the landmark of Tibet and Jokhang temple, an ancient temple holds the highest position in Tibetan Buddhism. Then you will head to Gyantse and Shigatse for an adventure tour and get close to Lake Yamdrok and a great many of other attractions on the way. The sunrise at Everest Peak could be a spectacle not to be missed and it may be an unforgettable memory in your life time. The beautiful Lake Namtso and wonderful Yangpachen hot spring are waiting for you on your way back.
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  • 10 days
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  • 10 days

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from ChengduMulti-day Tours

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Chengdu

Explore the rich culture and architecture of this beautiful Himalayan city on a railway adventure from Chengdu. Enjoy two overnight stays aboard the Qinghai Tibet Train while cruising through northwest China’s picturesque scenery, then tour Lhasa’s landmark sites with an informative local guide. Visit landmarks like the White and Red palaces, Jokhang Temple, and the Drepung Monastery. Enjoy accommodations in 4-star hotels and some complimentary meals.
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  • 6 days
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8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base CampMulti-day Tours

8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

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This tour is the perfect way to appreciate the natural wonders, and ancient sites of Tibet. You won’t have to worry about organizing accommodation as this is all sorted for you. Save time organizing researching your trip by having a comprehensive itinerary. You’ll see multiple temples and historic sites in the holy city of Lhasa including Potala Palace, and Sera Monastery. Visit Yamdrok Lake, Rongphu Monastery, and the world-renowned Everest Base Camp too. 
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  • 8 days
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8 Days Lhasa to Mt. Everest (EBC in Tibet) Join-in Group Tour with 4-star HotelMulti-day Tours

8 Days Lhasa to Mt. Everest (EBC in Tibet) Join-in Group Tour with 4-star Hotel

This 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour with 4 stars hotel is one of the classic itineraries in Tibet. In this tour, you will not only visit the famous attractions in Lhasa and Shigatse, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc, but also witness the the world highest mountain - Mt.Everest from the Everest Base Camp at 5200 meters above the sea level.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

8 Day Mt.Everest to Nepal BorderMulti-day Tours

8 Day Mt.Everest to Nepal Border

This journey will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa. You will see the main Buddhist sites in the town including Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery and the Potala Palace. You will also be able to explore the Old Town of Lhasa and rub shoulders with some of the thousands of pilgrims who are here each day. Altogether, you will spend three nights in Lhasa. Next, you will make the scenic drive to Shigatse going via Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. From Shigatse, you will then drive to the North Face Base Camp of Mt. Everest where you will be rewarded with an up-close view of the world’s highest peak! From Everest, you will then drive to Old Tingri where you will see more view of Himalaya, after driving to Kyirong Border with the view of Shishapangma Mountain (8012M) and Phikutso Lake along the way.
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  • 8 days
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Tibet: Culture adventure and expedition to Everest Base Camp Multi-day Tours

Tibet: Culture adventure and expedition to Everest Base Camp

This is a classic itinerary to Mt.Everest. Adventurers will have two days to explore the life of Lhasa and get acclimatized to high altitude before they travel to Everest Base Camp. You will experience local culture and genuine communication with locals.such as Thangka Painting, local home-made food cooking class, Teaching Tibet language writing ,See the On-the-spot Monk Debate in the Debating . On the way from Lhasa to Mt. Everest, we will pass many amazing attractions which will make your eyes busy, such as Cycling around one of four particularly holy lakes,Visit a Barley Mill to explore locals'diet and see how traditional Tibetan food is made.View a Panorama of the Himalaya at Gyawula Pass, Glaciers, Heritage Towns and others . You get the chance to see Everest Peak closely and having a walk around. The night view of the universe near the highest place of the world is amazing. You will experience new and interesting things every day. Travel should be like this.
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  • 9 days
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7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group TourMulti-day Tours

7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

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This is a papular overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC. It will take two days to visit Lhasa where you can see the world heritage Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung monastery. After the visit to Lhasa, we will drive you to the Shigatse through the main highway. On the way from Lhasa to Shigatse, you'll enjoy the unique plateau scenery of western Tibet by driving along the friendship highway, witness blue color lake Yamdroktso and shinning Karola Glacier under the sunny plateau climate, also you will see the seat of Pancha Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery. Continue the journey after passing through Shigatse, you will stand on the closest place reaching the sky - Everest Base Camp, and feel the beauty of silence. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of the golden Everest peak. The next day you will go down to Gyirong town in the morning. Finally, you’ll get to the Gyirong border between Tibet and Nepal, and get to Kathmandu.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

3-Night Essential Lhasa TourMulti-day Tours

3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

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Enjoy the services of a guide and driver without prepaying attraction tickets on this group tour that checks off the Lhasa highlights over just three nights. See the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street, and Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and share a meal with members of your group. Tour includes travel permits and 2-way transfers between your hotel and the station or the airport.
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  • 4 days
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9 Day Mount Everest Base Camp to LhasaMulti-day Tours

9 Day Mount Everest Base Camp to Lhasa

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This journey will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa. You will see the main Buddhist sites in the town including Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery, and the Potala Palace.  The highlight of the tour will be traveling to the roof of the world Mount Everest North face area at Rongbuk monastery.
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  • 9 days
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  • 9 days

Everest Base Camp Trek from Kangshung Face | The North FaceMulti-day Tours

Everest Base Camp Trek from Kangshung Face | The North Face

Embark on a highest trek in the world to Everest's most stunning and secluded north face on our Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet and experience the beautiful, mountainous landscape of Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’. We trek on the same trails used by the Everest summiteers and end our journey at the Everest Advanced Base camp at 6,340m. The trip begins in Lhasa where we visit Potala and Norbulingka Palaces along with other landmarks of the city. Next, we drive to Shigatse and finally to Lotingri which is where the actual trek begins. In between, we also visit a couple of Tibetan landmarks like the impressive Tashilhunpo Monastery, Khumbu Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and others that showcase the rich culture and history of the Tibetans. Reaching the Advanced Base Camp of the world's highest mountain, Everest guarantees us a sweeping view of the majestic mountain and is sure to be a surreal experience for any adventure enthusiast.
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  • 18 days
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  • 18 days
  • Free Cancellation

4 Days Holy City Lhasa TourMulti-day Tours

4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour

This tour covers the main highlights of the holy city Lhasa. Two full days of sightseeing includes three world heritage sites-Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Besides, you’ll visit two great monasteries to explore the authentic Tibetan Buddhism culture.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tourMulti-day Tours

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

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Explore Tibet with a 15-day tour that travels from Lhasa to the northern and far western regions. Highlights includes Potala Palace, and the Drepung and Sera Monasteries in Lhasa; camping at Everest Base Camp with views of Mt Everest; and trekking around Mt Kailash. See several UNESCO World Heritage sites, the sacred Yamdrok Lake on the way to Shigatse, remote monasteries, and an abundance of stunning scenery.
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  • 15 days
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  • 15 days

10 Day Ganden hike & Mt EverestMulti-day Tours

10 Day Ganden hike & Mt Everest

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The highlight of the Tour is the 1-2 hours hike at Ganden monastery and Drak yerba meditation caves. All the tour to the Mount Everest base camp is traveling in the vehicle so to make the tour special, Tibet Travelers has included the beautiful hike from the backside of Ganden monastery to see the view of the whole Ganden valley and the Yerba valley. Next, you will make the scenic drive to Shigatse going via Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. From Shigatse, you will visit Sakya monastery on the way to the North Face Base Camp of Mt. Everest where if the weather is clear, Travelers can witness the beauties of sunset, sunrise, and stars in the night at world’s highest peak! From Everest, you will then return to Lhasa via Shigatse through Nyemo valley and Yangpachen hot spring. We will start a day tour to Ganden monastery to witness the beauties of the hiking in Tibet.
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  • 10 days
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  • 10 days

5 Days 4 Nights Lhasa Classics with Holy Yamdrok Lake Tour(5-star hotel)Multi-day Tours

5 Days 4 Nights Lhasa Classics with Holy Yamdrok Lake Tour(5-star hotel)

Within China, Tibet is identified as an autonomous region. In the reason of the Buddhism religion culture, this area is a holy land for many Buddhist, now it attracts more and more tourists all over the world. During this wonderful trip you can explore the magnificent Potala Palace and famous sacred monasteries in Lhasa city, you can also enjoy the beautiful and holy Yamdrok Lake,you are going to immerse into the most highlights in this mysterious and holy land in China.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

4 Days 3 Nights Lhasa Classic Tour(5- star hotel)Multi-day Tours

4 Days 3 Nights Lhasa Classic Tour(5- star hotel)

Within China, Tibet is identified as an autonomous region. In the reason of the Buddhism religion culture, this area is a holy land for many Buddhist, now it attracts more and more tourists all over the world. During this wonderful trip you can explore the magnificent Potala Palace and famous sacred monasteries in Lhasa city, you are going to immerse into the most highlights in this mysterious and holy land in China.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong PortMulti-day Tours

8 days Tibet Overland Small Group Tour to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port

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This overland group tour includes couple of days in  Lhasa see the world famous archtecture Potala palace, World heritage Jokhang temple, livelyhood Tibetan cultural street Bakhor and other monastic colleges, then after the acclimatization in  Lhasa, the tour start heading toward great Himalayans, an overnight at the  Everest Base Camp will remark this tour as once in a lifetime experiences with picturesque of the world highest peak Mt Everest (8848m) right in front of your eyes, after seeing the sunrise of the Everest, you will slowly going down to Gyirong valley, which is also known as Kyirong, where it has lower altitude and sub-tropical climate. This overland group tour ends at the Kyirong/Gyirong border and then cross the border to Nepal. You will get Nepal visa at the arrival.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

5 Nights Mystical Tour of Sunlight City - Lhasa - With Gyantse And ShigatseMulti-day Tours

5 Nights Mystical Tour of Sunlight City - Lhasa - With Gyantse And Shigatse

This mind-blowing 6 days group tour in the Sunlight City, Lhasa, is finely selected to show you the best of Lhasa includes the World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Pilgrimage Circuit, and the huge monastic institution of Sera located on the edge of town. Service level for this low-cost group tour is comparable to a private tour that will get the most out of every minute of your journey and left you satisfied. Get ready to see spectacular Tibet and make some new friends from around the world!
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  • 6 days
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Shared Kailash Everest Tour Coach and Tibetan Local GuideMulti-day Tours

Shared Kailash Everest Tour Coach and Tibetan Local Guide

This 11-day well designed Kailash pilgrimage combines the adventure to Mt. Everest Base camp. To help travelers confirm the scheduled Kailash tour transport earlier and help save big money for their next travel stop, travelers only need to pay accommodation, entrance tickets and a shared local Tibetan tour guide after arrival. The costs are clearly stated and there is no any hidden costs to be paid. With altitude of 6656 meters above sea level, Mt. Kailash looks like a pyramid. It is the main peak of Gangdise Mountain Range with symmetrical sides. Historically, there were many Chinese and foreign monks preaching there. Thus, it became the center of worship for four sects a long time ago, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. Every year, this fascinated holy center attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims around the world.
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  • 15 to 19 days
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  • 15 to 19 days

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Potala Palace hours of operation: May-Oct 7:30am-6:40pm Nov-Apr 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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