If you know the tallest mountain, Mount Everest (the altitude is 8848m), you are also likely to know Tibet, for the Mount Everest is on the southwest of it, but do you know where is Tibet? Here I'd like to share you some basic information about Tibet.
Tibet Autonomous Region, often called "the roof of the world," lies in the first highest plateau on earth in Asia, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft)). Its capital city is Lhasa. Tibet is to the north-east of the Himalayas and the available oxygen in most of it is only half of that at sea level.. Look at the map and you may find that Tibet lies in the southwest of China and it is whole inland. Internally, it has four neighbor provinces in China: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai province to its north, Sichuan province to its east and Yunnan province to its southeast. Externally, Tibet borders on Burma, India, the Kingdom of Bhutan and Nepal from its south to west. Tibet covers an area of around 1.22 million km2, which accounts for 12.8% of the total of China. It is divided into six prefectures: Ngari Prefecture, Nagqu Prefecture, Shigatse Prefecture, Lhokha Prefecture, Nyingchi Prefecture and Chamdo Prefecture. And Tibet is divided into three parts according to its topopraphy : the west (known as the North-Tibet Plateau), the south (featured by valleys) and the east(mainly canyons and is marked by a gradual decline in altitude intercepted by small ranges called Henduan Ranges).
Now, have you had a better understanding about " where is Tibet" ? I hope your answer is "yes". Conditions in Tibet are really primitive, and travel there can be particularly fantastic. Tibet is a holy place for the Tibetan (also Zang) nationality because of their religious belief. However, regardless of the religion, Tibet shall impress you very deeply by itself. It is so special, unlike any other place in the world. It is unique. If you want to experience its uniqueness by yourself, you can try our Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour - 8 days to have a close look at Lhasa, holy lake Yamdro-tso, Gyantse, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp; or Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour - 7 days which ends at Chinese border Zhangmu passing through Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Latse, Shegar and Everest Base Camp; or our Lhasa Impression-4 days to enjoy the holy city, Lhasa. You may go to Tibet tours to get more tibet travel information or you can contact our professional trip advisor to make your own unique travel plan.
Yamdro-tso lake and a yak
The Potala Palace
Discussing Buddhism in Tibet
Now, since you have already known where Tibet is, you may want to ask how to get to Tibet. First I'd like to tell you that if you want to tour Tibet, you should first apply a Tibet Entry Permit in advance by and through a certified travel agency only. And this is essential and necessary. Talking about the way to Tibet, it is flexible for there are three main ways to get there: by plane, by train or by bus. You can first come to China and then choose one way or a combined way of the three to get there. But if you want to enjoy the scenery along the way, the Qinghai-Lhasa train is highly recommended. You can take the train at Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xining and Lanzhou. If you want to drive there, you may start from Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan or Yunnan. See overland routes to Tibet and flights to Tibet to know more detail.
The train to Tibet
The soft sleeper on the Tibet train
Happy people on the Tibet train
Air routes to Tibet
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