06 Tibet Shigatse
Shigatse, “the fertile land”, is the second largest city in Tibet, only after Lhasa. It is cultural, economic and political center of Tibet. It sits where the Yarlong Tsangpo River and Nyangchu River meets, and has an altitude of 3800m. Shigatse is geographically important also because of the fact that it is only 300 kilometers away from Mt. Everest, and it is on the way to most major attractions in Tibet from Lhasa. The city has a history of more than 600 years. It is the seat of Panchen Lama, an influential spiritual figure in Tibetan history.
Shigatse is especially famous for multiple historic heritage sites in respect of Buddhism. The most prominent among them is Tashilhunpo Monastery. Its golden roof and impressive buildings are a great sight to witness. The annual Buddha Unveiling Festival also allows visitors the opportunity to experience a religious tradition that is still very much alive today.
For foreign travelers visiting Tibet, you will need valid Chinese visa and all the necessary Tibet travel permits.
|Languages||Tibetan, Mandarin, English|
|Minorities & Population||Tibetan & Han Chinese, 70,3292 (2017 data)|
|Currency||Chinese Yuan (CNY)|
|Area (km2)||182,000 square kilometers (about 70,270 square miles)|