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tibet
Chinese nametibet ['xi zang' in pinyin: 'west' 'tibet']
Population2,800,000
Area1,230,000
CapitalLhasa
Main Industriessubsistence agriculture
GDP12,049
Foreign Trade328
Ethnic minorities94%
Urbanization28%
Inner Mongolia Xinjiang Heilongjiang Jilin Gansu Liaoning Ningxia Qinghai Tibet Hebei Yunnan Shandong Sichuan Guangxi Shanxi Hainan Shaanxi Guangdong Chongqing Fujian Henan Guizhou Zhejiang Hunan Jiangsu Hubei Shanghai Jiangxi Beijing Anhui Tianjin

Tibet (Xizang to the Chinese) is the most familiar region of China to foreigners, it is known for its high mountains and cold climate. On the southern border with India is the high Himalayas including Mount Everest (Qumolangma Fang in Chinese). Mount Everest is right on the border with Nepal and so can be said to be half in Nepal and half in China.

Many tourists flock to see the ancient Tibetan buildings at Lhasa and Shigatse.

Tibet used to be an independent nation and has a distinct culture of its own. Its current position as an autonomous province is disputed by some as there are historical arguments as to whether Tibet has been an independent state or a vassal state over the last five hundred years. It is undeniable that the Chinese have poured in resources to develop this important frontier province.

See also :
Lonely Planet guide to Tibet China sage map of Tibet

Himalayas
Mount Jomolungma (Everest) on the China-Nepal border


Here are some historic photographs of Tibet, click on the thumbnail to see the photograph in full


Tibetan Festival
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Tibetan Child
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Timber Yard
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Sheep
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Potala Palace
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Tibetan Medicine
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Dazhao Temple
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Potala Palace
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Tibet Bridge
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Himalaya Exploration
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Tending Young Goats
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