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Shigatse

Shigatse is the second biggest town in Tibet. Shigatse means in Tibetan "The Estate that fulfills one's Wishes".

Located in central south part of Tibet, Shigatse Prefecture abuts Bhutan and Nepal. Covering an area of 180,000 square km, it is home mainly to Tibetans. Other ethnic groups found here include the Han, Hui, Mongolian, Naxi, plus Sherpa people.

The prefecture is home to many plateau pastures, fields, forests, and snow-covered peaks. The Qomolangma Nature Reserve boasts the world's highest most intact vertical eco-system. Major places of historical interest include Tashilhungpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Deqoi Monastery, Zholma Lhakang and other cultural relics units, as well as the Natang Monastery, and Rongbuk Monastery.

Tashilhunpo MonasteryTashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the First Dalai Lama,is a historic and culturally important monastery next to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.And the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. View More


Shalu MonasteryShalu Monastery
Shalu Monastery, also Schalu Kloster, situated 22 kilometers southeast of Shigatse, is a nice combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. View More


Everest Base CampEverest Base Camp
Mt. Everest, located in Tingri County at Sino-Nepal frontier and rising 8,844.43 meters above sea level, is the highest peak in the world. There are four peaks of more than 8,000 meters, and 38 peaks of more than 7,000 meters around Mt. Everest within 5,000 square kilometers. View More


Sakya MonasterySakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery is situated 160 km to the west of Xigaze City. It’s divided into the north and the south temples. The north temple was built in 1079, and it is desert now. The south temple was built in 1268, and keeps massive historical relics. There are very precious painted murals reflecting the historical events. The vast collection of books in Sakya Monastery is amazing, including not only Kanjur, Tanjur, and Pattra-leaf Sutra written by golden and cinnabar ink, but also ten thousands volumes of book reservation on astronomy, geography, history, medicine, literature, etc. View More


Rongbuk MonasteryRongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery, situated at the foot of the peak, is the temple with the highest elevation in the world. It is only 40 km away from the peak, so it becomes the Base Camp for climbing up Mt. Everest from the northern slope. There are 217 glaciers distributing widely along the northern slope; among them the biggest is called Rongbuk Glacier. As the supreme point of the world, the mountain top is covered with snow all the year round, and when the glaring sun comes out, the peak becomes very pure and beautiful. View More