Tibet - Roof of the World

Tibet Potala Palace

Tibet, a region of mystery color and culture is a beautiful land in the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres above sea level. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. It possesses more than fifty peaks above 7000 metres and is home to elevan Mountains over 8000 metres. Tibet borders China, Nepal, India and Myanmar.

Tibet has flourished in secrecy for centuries. It has a population of over two million and is a land rich of natural resources and ancient cultures. Temples, Monasteries, snow clad peaks, lakes and various traditions are few of the many wonders of Tibet. The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture, however, tourism has become a growing industry in Tibet in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism, in addition there is Bön which was the indigenous religion of Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism in the 7th century. There are also Muslim and Christian minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Tibetan architecture reflects Chinese and Indian influences. Staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat, and butter tea.

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