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Tibet Autonomous Region

 

With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet encompasses some of the worlds highest mountains. Mt. Everest towers over the region. Four mountains exceed altitudes of 8,000 meters. Thirty-eight mountains exceed altitudes of 7,000 meters. This Roof of the World is the dreamland of mountaineers and adventurers. The vast land is also the cradle of great rivers like the Yangtze River, Yellow River, Nu River (Salween), Lancang River (Mekong), Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), Indus, and Ganges. Tibet also offers awe-inspiring scenery of heavenly lakes and valleys.

Lhasa and Shigatse are the well-trodden areas, which offer the most accessible religious monuments and tourist attractions. As the most important cities of Tibet, Lhasa and Shigatse feature most of the religious monuments including the Potala, the Jokhang, Tashilunpo, and Kumbum, as well as natural wonders including Mt. Everest and Yamdrok Yumtso. Western Tibet, Ngari, is a vast barren plateau and renowned as the Roof of The Roof of The World.

As the place where the sacred lake (Lake Manasarova) joins the sacred mountain (Mt. Kailash), Ngari is a holy pilgrimage destination of Tibetans and Hindus, as well as a popular challenge to trekkers. The ancient Shang Shung Kingdom and Guge Kingdom also exert a pull. Southwestern Tibet has been a popular destination for mountaineers. More than 40 snow-capped peaks are open to mountain climbing enthusiasts. Southern Tibet offers snow capped mountains, primeval forests, running waters, and a relatively mild climate. The largest canyon in the world, Yarlong Tsangpo Canyon, is the home of rare species, and remains unknown to the foreigner.

Main Cities of Tibet

    Lhasa

    Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the worl...
    Nagqu

    Nagqu is in the northern of Tibet. The name "Nagqu" comes from the ...
    Ngari

    Located in the western Tibet Autonomous Region, Ngari Prefecture borders Indi...
    Chamdo

    Located in eastern Tibet, Chamdo prefecture is contiguous with Sichuan Provin...
    Nyingchi

    "Nyingchi" means "the Grand Seat of the Sun" in the langu...
    Shigatse

    Located in the alluvial plain at the confluence of Brahmaputra and Nianchuhe ...