Shigatse Regional Travel Guides, Tibet
Shigatse is a beautiful highland region located where the Yarlong Tsangpo River joins the Lichu river. On the southwest frontier of China and in the southwest of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Shigatse connects with Ali to the west, leans Nagqu to the north, adjoins Lhasa and Shannan to the east and borders on Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim etc., sharing a part of frontier of 1,753 kilometers.
Its population of 82,000 consists of 16 nationalities,which accounts for 1/4 of the total population in Tibet, they mainly inhabit the Brahmaputra valley with a few in the pastoral area of the west.
Shigatse is the most colorful area in Tibet with vast grasslands, fertile fields in river valleys, flourishing semitropical jungles and snowfields at high altitudes. The famous scenery spots include Xiqin Spring, Yatung Spring, Yongzelucuo Lake, Tashilumpo Monastery, Palkor Monastery in Gyantse, Sakya Monastery, Pingcuolin Monastery, Juenang Monastery, Pala Manor and etc.The Everest Nature Reserve with an area of more than 30,000 sqkm is around.
The annual Zhanfo Festival and Tiaoshen Festival in Tashilumpo Monastery, Ximuqinbo Festival in Xialu Monastery and Tibetan drama shows have won a high prestige in the world for their distinct styles.
The Shigatse region is popular with travelers as part of a land cruiser tour from Lhasa. A common route takes in Yamdrok Tso, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, the Everest region and various monasteries and temples along the way.
County Seat and regional center - Shigatse Town