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Country Profile

Local Time: UTC +8h

Capital City: Lhasa (3650m above sea level)

Other Cities: Shigatse, Gyangtse, Qamdo, Jyekundo, Dartsedo, Golmud, Lhatse, Maqin, Pelbar, Sakya, Tingri.

Location: Asia, north of India, located on the Tibetan Plateau, the world's highest region.
Area--TAR: 1.2m sq km (471 700 sq miles), Bod: 2.5 million sq. km, approximately the size of Western Europe.
Terrain: 70% Grassland; from high plateau to tropical forest

Border countries
: Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma)

Climate: Average temperture 28 degrees Celsius (Summer) -15 degrees Celsius (in Winter), extremely dry except during rainy season (July-August)

Type: Communist party-led state (People's Republic of China)
The Tibet Autonomous Region was founded on 9 September 1965.

Population: 2.62 million
Ethnic Groups: primarily ethnic Tibetans; Menba, Lhoba, Mongols, Hui and a growing number of Han Chinese.
Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Animism
Languages: Tibetan, Chinese
Literacy: NA


Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)

Natural resources: Forests, wildlife, mineral resources, uranium (world's largest uranium reserve), hydro-, geothermal energy.

Agriculture products: Livestock and livestock products.

Industries: Mining, wool spinning, carpets, forestry, food processing, printing, building materials and machinery, tourism.

Internet Links

Official Sites of Tibet

Chinese Government Online Project

Diplomatic Missions
China's Missions Overseas

Tibetan Government in Exile
Tibetan Government


Maps of Tibet
General map of Tibet

Historical Map of Tibet (1897)

Relief map of Tibet

The Tibet Map Institute

Tibet Information Network

Tibet Times

Arts & Culture
The Art of Tibet


Destination Tibet - Travel and Tour Guides

China in Brief

China's Tibet

China's Tibet

Tibet at a glance

Tibet Online

Travel to Tibet


Images of Greater Tibet

China Tibet Information Center

Tibet Travel

Tibet University

Hope for Tibet's Environment

State of Tibet's environment

Tibet Environmental Watch (TEW)

Tibet Heritage Fund

Tibet: A Brief History

Students for a Free Tibet at UVA

Independence: The right of the Tibetan people

International Tibet Organizations
Free Tibet Campaign

The Milarepa Fund

Students for a Free Tibet

Tibet Fund


Newsgroup of Tibet



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