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TIBET REGION

 

Welcome to the mystical land of Tibet, a place that for years has been shroud in mystery, hidden and made unreachable by the highest mountain range in the world - the Himalayas!

 

With panoramic views, the "Forbidden Land" of old is now offering a traveler the chance to explore either for cultural or religious interest. Tibet has the magnificent and wonderful natural scenery of the "third pole of the world” and the feature of the simple and unsophisticated Tibetan Buddhism.  Tibet also has a long history and beautiful landscape. Its brilliant and ancient monasteries and unique local customs attract flocks of tourists. Lhasa, Shigatse, Shannan, Nyingchi, Nagqu, Ngari and Qamdo have different land-forms and fantastic customs.

 

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Lhasa The name Lhasa means holy land in Tibetan. On the northern bank of Lhasa River, a tributary of Yarlung Zangbo River, it is 3,650 meters above sea level. It is famous for its long history. Lhasa is also famous as a city of sunshine, for its sunshine of more than 3,000 hours a year. It is the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is a political, economic and cultural center of the region. It boasts many historical sites and scenic spots both in its urban areas and outskirts. The Potala Palace and Jokhang, Sera, Gaindan monasteries and Drepung Temple are well known at home and abroad.

 

Shigatse Situated in central - southern Tibet, Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet and a political, economic and cultural center of the region. Known as "Nianqumai" in ancient times, it is more than 500 years old and served as the capital of Tibet in the first half of the 17th century. South of the city lies the Tashilhumpo (Zhaxi Lhunpo) Lamasery, one of the four lamaseries of the Galu sect of Lamaism and the residence of the Panchan Lama for long. Southeast of the city is situated the Xialu Lamasery, a cross between Han and Tibetan architecture, built during the Song and Yuan Dynasties.

 

Gyantse Presided over by the spectacular Gyantse Dzong, and once the third largest town in Tibet, Gyantse is the only substantial settlement in the Tibet to retain its vernacular architecture of sturdy two- and three-story farmhouses. Offering a rare and beautiful glimpse of Tibetan rural life, Gyantse should not be missed by any visitor to the Tibet. Historically, it was a trading town for goods from Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan, and the closure of the border at Dromo has saved Gyantse from the ravages of development and Han colonization. Most members of Tibet's current generation of political leaders hail from Gyantse.