Tibet is sometimes described as the "roof of the world"; the entire region is on a high plateau and there are many large mountains. The area has its own unique culture, and most travellers will find some of the plants, wildlife and domestic animals quite exotic as well.

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Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet autonomous region in China.


Lhasa Prefecture is the prefecture where the capital of Tibet resides.

Xigatse prefecture is in Central Tibet. It has numerous places of interest for tourists, and has good public transportation by Tibetan standards.

Ngari prefecture is in the far west of Tibet, it's an extremely remote area with nearly no infrastructure of any type.

Nyingchi is a prefecture in southwestern Tibet. Nyingchi is a prefecture in the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River.

Shannan prefecture is in Tibet. Shannan prefecture is located south of Lhasa, covering an area between the Yarlung Tsangpo River and the Bhutan border.


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Other Names for Tibet

  • Chinese:  西藏, 西藏自治区
  • English:  Tibet
  • French:  Région autonome du Tibet
  • Norwegian:  Den autonome regionen Tibet, Tibet
  • Norwegian Bokmål:  Den autonome region Tibet
  • Norwegian Nynorsk:  Den autonome regionen Tibet, Tibet
  • Swedish:  Tibet
  • Bod
  • Hsi-tsang Tzu-chih-ch’ü
  • Sitsang
  • Thibet
  • Tibet-Chamdo
  • Tibetan Autonomous Region
  • Tübüt
  • Xizang
  • Xizang Zizhiqu

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