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Tibet

  • Yumbulhakang, Tibet
Yumbulhakang, Tibet's First King's Castle
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Location Type: Region
Tibet is an autonomous region of China and home to the indigenous Tibetan people. It is the highest regionst on eath with an average elevation of 4,900m.
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Wikipedia - Tibet

Buddhist monks in Tibet
Buddhist monks in Drepung Monastery

Tibet (Tibetan: བོད་; Wylie: bod, pronounced [pʰø̀ʔ]; Chinese: 西藏; pinyin: Xīzàng) is a plateau region in Asia, north of the Himalayas. It is home to the indigenous Tibetan people, and to some other ethnic groups such as Monpas and Lhobas, and is inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). It is sometimes referred to as the roof of the world. During Tibet's history, it has existed as a region of separate sovereign areas, a unified empire and as a vassal under Chinese suzerainty or sovereignty. Tibet was first unified under King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. At various times from the 1640s until the 1950s, a government nominally headed by the Dalai Lamas, a line of spiritual political leaders, ruled a large portion of the Tibetan region. Today, most of cultural Tibet is ruled as autonomous areas in the People's Republic of China. ... read more

Wikitravel - Tibet

The Om mani padme hum mantra in Tibetan
The Om mani padme hum mantra in Tibetan

Tibet is an autonomous region of China.Entering Tibet you feel as though you've entered an entirely different world. The traditional Tibetan culture, though heavily diluted recently by government-sponsored migrations of Han and Hui Chinese, remains strong. Tourism to Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government, and restrictions were further ratcheted up after the riots before the 2008 Olympics. As of 2009, the previous "backpacker" tours, which included the permit and a couple of nights stay in Lhasa is no longer an option and all travelers must stay with an organized trip the entire time they are in Tibet. All foreign visitors to Tibet need one or more permits. The basic one is the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit, which can be issued to you by Chinese travel agencies that handle trips to Tibet, or (if overseas and arriving via Nepal) by the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu on proof of purchasing a package tour (there is no way around this). ... read more

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