Princess Wencheng: Bridging Different Cultures

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About 1,300 years ago, Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) left the capital Chang'an (present-day Xi'an in Shanxi Province) for the Tubo Kingdom, today's Tibet, which was about 2,000 miles away in the southwest.

She was to marry Songtsan Gambo, King of Tubo. This interracial matrimony helped strengthen the ties between the Tang Dynasty and the Tubo Kingdom.

The story of Princess Wencheng and Songtsan Gambo has been cherished by the Tibetans and the rest of the Chinese people ever since.

As historical record is sketchy, most what is known about the story is legendary.

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Princess Wencheng: Bridging Different Cultures

About 1,300 years ago, Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) left the capital Chang'an (present-day Xi'an in Shanxi Province) for the Tubo Kingdom, today's Tibet, which was about 2,000 miles away in the southwest.

She was to marry Songtsan Gambo, King of Tubo. This interracial matrimony helped strengthen the ties between the Tang Dynasty and the Tubo Kingdom.

The story of Princess Wencheng and Songtsan Gambo has been cherished by the Tibetans and the rest of the Chinese people ever since.

As historical record is sketchy, most what is known about the story is legendary.

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