Tibet lies on the Tibetan plateau in Asia north east of the Himalayas. Tibet is the highest region on the earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters so it is also considered as “Roof of the World”. Tibet shares the highest peak of the world Mount Everest with Nepal. Its capital city is Lhasa.
Although a part of China, Tibet has a unique culture of all their own. Tibet is rich in culture and tradition that has changed little over generations. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Qing and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and people Tibet. Its population of 2.3 million people comes from a variety of ethnic groups including Tibetan, Han, Monba, and Lhoba.
Nearly all Tibetans follow Tibetan Buddhism, known as Lamaism, with the exception of approximately 2,000 followers of Islam and 600 of Catholicism. Tibetan Buddhism was greatly influenced by Indian Buddhism in its early time, but after years of evolution, Tibetan Buddhism has developed its own distinctive qualities and practices.
Tibet is home to a variety of unusual and unique animals. In the northern part of Tibet, you can see vast grasslands where horses, yak, and sheep roam freely. The world’s lowest valley, the Grand Yarlun-tzanpo River Valley lies in east Tibet. Tibet was officially opened for tourism from the 1980s. Since then, Tibet has been able to reveal its charm to the outside world. Its rich religious and historic heritages are just delightful the greatness of nature is just so charming.
And the people here are religious, they believe in their faith and tradition. There are so many temples, monasteries, lakes, and mountains in Tibet. The major attractions in Tibet, is Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Yangbajing Hot Springs in Damxung County, Norbulingka in the west of Lhasa, Tasilhunpo monastery in Shigatse, Lulang forest in Nyinghi Prefecture, & Barkhor Street in Lhasa; Namtso Lake in Nagqu; Yamdrok Lake in Shannan; Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse; Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest base camp in Tingri. It is freezing cold in most time of the year. Most tourists come to visit Tibet only in the warmest seasons, June, July, August and early September.
Official Name: Xizang Zizhiqu
Area: 471,700 sq.Miles
Population: 2.62 million
Ethnic groups: Ethnic Tibetans, Menba, Lhoba, Mongols, Hui and Han Chinese.
Religions: Tibetan Buddhism and Animism
Culture: Wedding, Funeral
Languages: Tibetan, Chinese
Festivals: Tibetan New Year, Monlam, Horse Racing Festival
Currency: Chinese Yuan
Time: Local Time = UTC + 8hrs
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