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Tibet Political Map

June,20 2016 BY Kunga 0 COMMENTS

Tibet, measuring approximately 1, 22 million square km, consists of 7 major administrative divisions(prefecture-level), i.e. Lhasa City, Shannan, Shigatse, Nagqu, Ngari, Nyingchi, Chamdo.

Tibet Political Map 

tibet political map(Simple click to enlarge the map)
Different administrative divisions in Tibet

Lhasa(average attitude of 3650m):
Capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region
With 13 districts(Chengguan District is the main urban area)
Cover 554 square km
Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, etc.

Check out the classic Lhasa impression small group tour

Shigatse(average attitude of 3836m):
Home to world’s summit Mt. Everest, best place to view top 5 mountains in Himalayan Range
With 18 counties
Cover 3,875 square km
Attractions: Everest Base Camp(5200m), Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Palcho Monastery, etc.

Check out the hugely popular Lhasa impression small group tour

Shannan(average attitude of 3600m):
Birthplace of Tibetan Civilization
With 12 counties
Cover 7,97 square km
Attraction: Samye Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Yumbulagang Palace, Trundruk Monastery, etc.

Check out the cultural tour from Lhasa to Shannan tour

Nagqu(average attitude of above 4500m):
Well-known for its lush Changtang grassland, Tibetan yaks, Caterpillar fungus, Nagqu horse-racing festival, etc.
With 10 counties
Cover 450,537 square km
Attraction: Namtso Lake, Changtang grassland, Yangbajain hot spring, Tibetan nomads, etc.

Ngari (average attitude of above 4500m)
Highest regions in entire Tibet; Ultimate pilgrimage route; Ruins of lost Tibetan civilization; wildlife kingdom
With 7 counties
Cover 304 thousand square km
Attraction: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tholing Monastery, Ruins of the Guge Kingdom,Pangong Tso Lake, Tsada Clay Forest, etc.

Check out the divine Kailash pilgrimage small group tour

Nyingchi (average attitude of 3000m)
Lowest prefecture with densely pristine forest in Tibet
With 7 counties
Cover 116,175 square km
Attraction: Basum Tso Lake, Namjagbarwa Peak, Lulang Forest, Midui Glacier, Huge Cypress Nature Reserve, Cherry Blossom Festival, etc.

Check out the eastern beauty of Tibet in Nyingchi

Chamdo(average attitude of above 3500m)
Widely-known for its Khampa culture and Ancient Tea-horse Route there
With 11 counties
Cover 110 thousand square km
Attraction: Rawok Lake, Ancient Tea-horse Route, Laigu Glacier, Galden Jampaling Monastery, etc.

Tibet Demographic Map

Traditionally, the extreme altitude and inhospitable natural environment render Tibet as the most sparsely populated regions in mainland China. However, the population in Tibet has grown steadily in recently years. The following map shows the latest statistics (Chinese national census survey in 2000) of demographic change in Tibet.

tibet demographics map(Simple click to enlarge the map)
Demographic change of Tibet

Administrative Divisions
Lhasa: 559,423
Shigatse: 703,292
Shannan: 328,990
Nagqu: 462,382
Ngari: 95,465
Nyingchi: 195,109
Chamdo: 657,505

Gender (permanent residents) :
Male: 1,542,633; 51.38%
Female: 1,459,533; 48.62%

Age(permanent residents):
0-14: 731,683; 24.37%
15-64: 211, 7576; 70.53%
Above 65: 152,907; 5.09%

Ethnic Group (permanent residents):
Tibetan: 2,716,389
Other ethnic groups: 40,514
Han: 245,263; 8.17%

Education (permanent residents):
Three year college education: 165,332
High school (including vocational school): 131,024
Middle school: 385, 788
Primary school: 1,098,474


About the Author - Kunga

Kunga, a fantastic tour guide in our company, was born in 1965 in holly Lhasa city but raised in Nepal and India. Kunga was brought to Nepal by his Nepali Mother when he was some 8 years old, and he spent his childhood and teenage time in Nepal and then went to India to get a further education. After study abroad for some 20years, Kunga went back to Lhasa in 1992 as an oversea Tibetan and started to guiding tourists form the world in our company CITS. He was so frankly, so modestly, so knowledgeable and so welcoming. Kunga was mentioned in the U.S Newspaper as the only one tour guide in Tibet, which indicates undoubtedly his excellence. Come to travel with Kunga, you will definitely get more as you expected.

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