Name of Tibet
Official Name: Xizang Zizhiqu
Short form: Xizang
Int'l long form: Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)
Int'l short form: Tibet
Etymological: the name Tibet is derived from the Sanskrit word Trivistapa which means "heaven." Tibetans called their homeland Bod.
Location: Asia, north of India, located on the Tibetan Plateau, the world's highest region.
Area: 1.2m sq km (471 700 sq miles), Bod: 2.5 million sq. km, approximately the size of Western Europe.
Terrain: 70% Grassland; from high plateau to tropical forest
Climate: Average temperture 28 degrees Celsius (Summer) -15 degrees Celsius (in Winter), extremely dry except during rainy season (July-August). Click here to know the best time to visit Tibet.
Tibetan history can be traced thousands of years back. Tibet's history can be diveded into four period: The Tsanpo's Period, The period of Decentrailzation, The period of Sakya, Pagdu, and Karmapa's Rule, and The period of the gandan Podrang's Administration. Read More...
People in Tibet
Population: 2.62 million
Ethnic Groups: primarily ethnic Tibetans; Menba, Lhoba, Mongols, Hui and a growing number of Han Chinese.
Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Animism.
Culture: Wedding, Funeral
Languages: Tibetan, Chinese.
Festivals: Tibetan New Year, Shoton Festival, Bathing Festival.. Click to see more Fesitivals celebrated in Tibet.
Natural resources: Forests, wildlife, mineral resources, uranium (world's largest uranium reserve), hydro-, geothermal energy.
Agriculture products: Livestock and livestock products.
Industries: Mining, wool spinning, carpets, forestry, food processing, printing, building materials and machinery, tourism.
Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Thu-Aug-25 15:35
Type: Communist party-led state (People's Republic of China)
The Tibet Autonomous Region was founded on 9 September 1965.
Tibet Regions and Cities:
|Administrative Regions||Area Code||Regional Capital||Elevation of Capital (m)||Other Towns in this Region|
|Shigatse (Xigaze)||0892||Shigatse City||3,836||Gyangtse, Tingri, Zhangmu|
|Shannan (Lhoka)||0893||Tsedang||3,500||Jiacha, Gongar|
|Nyingchi||0894||Bayi Town||3,000||Bomi, Basu, Ranwood, Gongbuk Gyanta|
|Chamdo (Qamdo)||0895||Chamdo||3,240||Mangkhang, Banda|
|Nagqu (Nakchu)||0896||Nagqu||4,570||Amdo, Tuotuo River|
|Ngari (Ali)||0897||Gar (Shiquanhe)||4,300||Doma, Ritok, Tsada, Bakag, Chongpa, Taqing|
More about Tibet
Tibetan history could be dated back to the 7th century and was divided into four periods.
Tibet Geography consists of mountains, valleys, lakes with an average elevation of more than 4000 meters.
The climate in highland Tibet belongs to the typical downy special climate and is much different in different areas in Tibet.
Festivals in Tibet
It is an introduction to some significant festivals in Tibet and you can enjoy the festal revelry of the Tibetan people.
Monasteries in Tibet
It is an introduction of nine main monasteries in Tibet, including three holy monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
There are pronunciations of some useful Tibetan words and sentences that may help you.
Map of Tibet
An overview of tibet map and tourist map of Lhasa.
Take a brief look at the staple Tibetan foodstuff with extremely unique character.