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Shigatse Travel Guide

Shigatse (or Xigatse) means "the fertile land" in Tibetan for it sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo and Nyainchu River. Located at an average elevation in range of 3840 meters to 8844.43 meters, Shigatse is one of the world's highest cities and has the most comprehensive natural landscapes in Tibet, from vast plateau pasture and beautiful cultivated fields to subtropical forest and grand snow-covered mountains. And the top highlight you should not miss in Shigatse is Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

Shigatse has a history going back more than 600 years and it is this ancient holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. So Shigatse is also rich in historical sites, such as the 600 year-old majestic Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Basic Facts:

Chinese Name: 日喀则 Rìkāzé

Location: Second largest city in Tibet, West China

Altitude: 3,845 m (12,585 ft)

Time Zone: UTC+8 (China Standard)

Area: 182,000 square kilometers

Administrative Division: 1 district, 17 counties

Climate and Weather: elevation-influenced humid continental climate with over 3300 hours of sunshine every year

Airport: Shigatse Peace Airport

Railway Station: Shigatse Railway Station

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Recommended Shigatse Tour Itineraries

Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet, offers you tons of interesting things to do, like enjoying the superb vista of world’s highest peak - Mount Everest, visiting the prestigious Tashilhunpo Monastery - the residence of the generations of the Panchen Lamas, exploring the off-the-beaten-track monasteries and temples, doing the farm work with the locals in the largest barley field in Tibet, etc. Check the top 4 highly recommended Lhasa Shigatse tours with the extending trip to Mount Kailash and Kathmandu via Gyirong Port.

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