Geography and Environment
Located in the southwest of the People’s Republic of China, Tibet Autonomous Region covers an area of more than 1.22 million square kilometers, accounting about one-eighth of Chinese territory. Second only to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, it’s equivalent to the total area of Great Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Tibet has a boundary line over 3842 kilometers, surrounded by Xinjiang and Qinghai on the north, Sichuan and Yunnan on the east, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Kashmir region on the south and west.
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, known the roof of the world, consists of the Himalayas, southern Tibet valley, northern Tibet plateau and mountain and canyon area of eastern Tibet. It’s also regarded as the third pole on earth in addition to the North and South poles.
Tibet has a total lake area of about 23.8 thousand square kilometers with over 1,500 lakes of different sizes scattering around valleys and mountains. And many lakes in Tibet are endowed with significant religious meanings. Lake Namtso, Lake Manasarovar and Lake Yamdrok are the three world-known holy lakes.
What's more, Tibet has a very limited amount of arable land and a visit to farmer markets or local farms around Lhasa must be an unforgettable experience. Get more info about Tibet agriculture and climate, and the elevation change in 7 major regions of Tibet.
Just a Reminder
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