General Information

Tibet usually popular for having the world’s highest plateau is also known as the “Roof of the World” as the average height of the whole region is more than 3,600 meters above sea level. It lies on Tibet Plateau of the southwest border of China.

Till today, Tibet still remains one of the most interesting, mysterious, enchanting, remote and underdeveloped parts of the world. Its transformation from a warring and aggressive to a peaceful, pious and gentlepeople by the influence of Buddhism, is very amazing. Its isolation nearly tills the second half of the twentieth century; its diverse climatic and geographical conditions strongly attract people of all types from historians, adventurers, pilgrims and so on.

Nearly all Tibetans follow Tibetan Buddhism, known as Lamaism, with the exception of approximately 2,000 followers of Islam and 600 of Catholicism. Tibetan Buddhism was greatly influenced by Indian Buddhism in its early time, but after years of evolution, Tibetan Buddhism has developed its own distinctive qualities and practices. A well-known example is the belief that there is a Living Buddha, who is the reincarnation of the first, a belief alien to Chinese Buddhism.

 General information on Tibet
 Territory:  Tibet
 Population:  3.03 million (2011 Chinese census)
 Capital:  Lhasa
 Area:  1.2 million sq km (471,700 sq miles)
 Major languages:  Tibetan, Chinese
 Major religion:  Buddhism
 Life expectancy:  58 years (men), 62 years (women)
 Monetary unit:  1 Renminbi (yuan) (Y) = 10 jiao = 100 fen
 Main exports:  Handicrafts, livestock
 Internet domain:  .cn
 International dialling code:  +86
 Time:   Tibet time is 8 hours ahead of GMT
 Electricity:  220 volt

The Average Temperature of Lhasa in a Year (In Celsius)

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
MAX. 6.8 9.2 12.0 15.7 19.7 22.5 21.7 20.7 19.6 16.4 11.6 7.7
MIN. -10.2 -6.9 -3.2 0.9 5.1 9.2 9.9 9.4 7.6 1.4 -5.0 -9.1

The Average Temperature of Shigatse in a Year (In Celsius)

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
MAX. 5.7 8.0 11.0 15.5 19.5 22.1 21.0 19.6 18.7 15.2 10.7 7.0
MIN -13.1 –9.5 -5.4 -0.7 3.4 7.6 8.7 8.0 5.8 -1.2 -8.0 -12.3

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