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Tibet Autonomous Region lies in the southwest of China and in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibet Region is located at longitude 78o25'-99o06' east and latitude 26o44'-36o32' north on the southwest border of China. It is bounded to the north by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, to the east by Sichuan Province, to the southeast by Yunnan Province, to the south and west by these countries: Burma, India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal.Tibet is the second largest region in China (after Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region), occuping a total area of over 1,200,000 sq m.


Potala Palace is a huge treasure house of materials and articles from Tibetan history, religion, culture and art. The palace in Lhasa is widely known for the precious sculptures, scriptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within.

Norbulingka:Norbulingka is honored as Tibet’s Summer Palace. In the garden visitors can worship Buddha, relax and study the Tibetan-style palaces.

Barkhor Street: Barkhor Street is the busiest shopping place in Tibet. Ancient houses serve as shops, and visitors can find souvenirs like Buddha statues, Thangka paintings, and Tibetan joss sticks. Meanwhile, visitors also can taste the famous and delicious dishes of Tibetan cuisine.

Lake Namtso There are numerous lakes in Tibet; all of them have a cyan color, some of them are located in high-altitude areas (More than 4000 meters or 13,123 ft. above sea level). These lakes are beautiful natural pastures, offering ideal condition for animals and birds.

Religious Sites
Jokhang Temple There are many temples with centuries’ history. Some of them even have a history of more than one thousand. Visiting these religious sites, visitors not only can experience the Tibetan Buddhism culture, but also can appreciate the unique architectural complex.

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The capital of Tibet, at an altitude of 3650m, is situated on the north of bank of Kyichu River, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Lhasa in Tibetan means " Place of the Gods"

This region abounds with important historical landmarks such as Samye, Yumbulkhangm Chonggye, Mindroling and others.

Gyangtse Is a pastoral town between Lhasa and Shigatse. It is 264km South west of Lhasa. It still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion.


Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 254km west of Lhasa at an altitude of 281Otn.

The North Col of Everest is located in Tingiri (Shegar). Massive glaciers and seracs feature a thrilling splendor.

468 comfortable guest rooms and suites, all with private bathrooms, color television, in-house movies and an oxygen supply if needed. 220V voltage.


Barkhor Street:
Barkhor is a more traditional Tibetan shopping market. Be sure to buy whatever items you need in Lhasa, before you leave for more remote towns. There are department stores, mostly on Yuthok Lu that will supply your everyday needs. It sells items as cotton clothing, mugs, canned food, towels, toothpaste, plus local handicrafts. Shopkeepers sell items such as prayer flags, Buddha figures, conch-shell trumpets, rosaries, amulets, fur hats, horse bells, bridles, copper teapots, wooden bowls, inlaid knives, and jewelry inlaid with turquoise and other gems.

Jewelry should carefully examine by tourist for  best quality. Because some jewelry of excellent quality is available,and some is of poor quality.Tourists can easily find items that are uniquely Tibetan and that will attract to them. Exotic Tibetan opera masks and costumes are interesting items. Brightly colored, beautifully homespun Tibetan rugs and khaddar are also popular as souvenirs. Tibetan carpet can be bought by tourists.

Catering business in Lhasa is developing day by day. Besides Tibetan food, all types of food including Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and western can all be enjoyed in Tibet. in Tibet, most of the cusines are mainly made up of beef and mutton. If you are not used to the buttered tea, you can drink sweet milk tea. Highland Barley Wine is not strong but too much inhale  will result in deep and long sleep; so, be sure not to drink too much. When eating some dishes, such as raw meat pulp, you should eat some garlic. In some small restaurants, a dish and a soup just cost about RMB10. And the northwest hand-pulled noodles are very cheap. Nourishing Thenthuk (Tibetan noodles) with bone soup cost only RMB 4 yuan. Generally, the level of consumption on food is higher than that of inland.

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