Located in the west of China and bordering three gigantic mountain ranges: the Kunlun Mountains, the Himalayas the Karakoram Range (or the Karakorum), Tibet attracts domestic and foreign visitors with its landscape, religious traditions, culture, and unsolved mysteries. When mentioning this land, the first things that come to mind are snow-capped mountains, mirror-like lakes, the Potala Palace, and Buddhists.

Tibet or Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) occupies one-eighth of China’s territory. Due to its high altitude, it is often called the “Roof of the World” and the “Third Pole of the Earth”. It boasts the world’s highest peak, the splendid Mount Everest, and the Tibetan Plateau, which is the water tower of Asia and the source of many rivers: the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Mekong River, the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Salween, the Irrawaddy, the Sutlej, and two tributaries of the Ganges (the Ghaghara and the Gandaki).

Useful information

Area: 1,221,600 km²
Average annual temperature: 18 degrees
Geography: Alticulture region located in the far west of China and bordering Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Pakistan
Population: 3,648,100 inhabitants. (2021) including 3,137,900 Tibetans.
Altitude: 4900 m
Ethnic minorities: Tibetans, Hans
Economy: Extraction of minerals, livestock, timber, tourism

Best Time to Visit Tibet

The best time to visit Tibet is from late April to early October. As the highest region in the world, it becomes cold from late October to next April. But in March and April, there are the blooming peach flowers in Nyingchi which makes your journey unforgettable. In July and August, it is very hot in most regions in China, but Tibet is cool for the high altitude, thus it becomes a popular summer resort for the Chinese. That’s why the trip is more expensive in summer.

How to Go to Tibet?

From the main Chinese cities, there are regular flights to Lhasa. But some tourists like to take the highest railway from Xining to Lhasa: Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Because the view is splendid: the snowy mountains, the grasslands, the wild animals, etc.

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