Tibet Travel Guide, Tibet Tour Guide
Hi,everybody! We are Tongtong and Renren,glad be your guide for Tibet tours. Before you start a Tibet travel, you might have interest to know the brief introduction,like Tibet geography and Tibet climate; But facing a place so mystirous like Tibet, you certainly want to dig out more about her. Here, we provide more information which will help you know better about Tibet and make your Tibet tours more delightful.
►Place: Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region, TAR for short) in Chinese 西藏 Xīzàng
►Captial city: Lhasa ►Area: 1,220,000 k㎡ ►Religion:Tibetan Buddhism
►Nation: Zang(occupies 92.2%),Han, Hui,Qiang, Monpas, Lhobas and other ethnics(about 2,000).
►Population:2,810,000(by 2006),most of them live in south and east of Tibet
►Tour feature: unique snow-covered scenery ►Best time for traveling: July to September
►Geography:Tibet borders Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan internally while India, Burma,Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal meet its external borders.With an average height of more than 4,000 m above sea level, Tibet is encompassed by some of the world's highest mountains. The Himalayas to the south, the Karakoram to the west, and the Kunlun to the north are the dream lands of all adventurers and mountaineers.
Nakchu那曲地区 Chamdo昌都地区 Nyingchi 林芝地区 Shannan山南地区 Ngari阿里地区 Shigatse日喀则地区
The Qinghai-Tibetan Railway was entirely opened to service since July 1,2006. Pangbadi Train is the best plateau train with oxygen provided. The advantage of going Tibet by train is so obvious, because the traveler can gradually cope the altitude as the train climbs up and enjoy the unique natural sceneries that cannot be seen when traveling by plane. It just takes 12 minutes from Geermu to Lhasa. So the train travels at daylight, then you can see the source of the Yangtze River - Tuotuojiang River, Tanggula Mountain Gap at 4718 m above the sea level, Tibetan antelopes passing through the Qingshuihe River Bridge, mysterious and extensive land and so on. At present, three branch lines are planned to build from Lhasa to Nyingchi, Shigatse, and Yadong by 2020.
There are Qingzang (Qinghai-Tibetan), Dianzang, Chuanzang (Sichuan-Tibetan), Xinzang and Zhongni Highways to Tibet; landslides often block Dianzang and Chuanzang Highways at the rain season. There is no bus route on Xinzang Highway. So Zhongni Highway is the only way provided for foreigners to enter Tibet. The section of Geermu to Lhasa of the Qingzang highway covers a length of 1164 kms. The road condition is the best among the five highways and covers about 80% of cargos as well as the first choice for free tourists entering Tibet. It passes through the Tanggula Mountain Gap at 5231 above the sea level and it takes about 24 to 36 hours to reach Lhasa, due to the long journey so breaking tires and bad weather are often, it is not ensured to be reached the destination on time. Also the cabin environment is not very good because it often two people to take a narrow seat with length 1.7m and width 1m and having to endure the height sickness and the smell of feet, so it is strongly advised that passenger to take seat just beside the windows which gives you a chance to enjoy the sceneries outside.
For feeding his descendants，with the help of Avalokiteshvara,the old macaque got the seeds of the five cereals and scattered to the land. Due to the sufficient food, macaques were no need to pick the fruits any more.Therefore, their tails got short and short and even could speak.Gradually, they became human being whcih are ancestors of Tibetan people.
Today, if you join a Tibet tour, you still can read this legend on the fresco of Tibet. And the people lives in Zedang(Tsedang), which is known well as a game place for macaques, will tell you the cave that macaques have been lived is right on the Gongbu Mountain.Moreover, Sala Village, 3km to Zedang, it is said to be the first land for highland barley.So far, Tibetans will come here to grab a handful magic earth for praying a good harvest during the sowing season .
Verdant virgin forests: Southern Tibet also offers primeval forests, running waters, and a relatively mild climate, especially Nyingchi. It is the third forest zone in China, occupying 80% forests of Tibet. Here, you can find almost every plants from Hainan Island to the north pole area. It is the hometown for more than 3500 species. So we have several natural protection zones here: Motuo national wildlife sanctuary, Bomigang coniferous area.
Yarlong Tsangpo Grand Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world, is the home of rare plants and animals, and remains unknown to anyone other than the local people. In the depopulated zone, waterfall drops 30 to 50 meters to provide you a booming voice in that silent area. If you want to have a walking trip or ecotourism,you have six routes.The most special thing about grand canyon is, the river turns east-west way into the south abruptly at the eastern Himalayas and pours to the Indian Ocean, forming a big U-shape turning.
Besides,you also can find karst caves, naked rocks and Gobi in this broad area.
Tibet is an ideal paradise of wild animals. When you are traveling to Kenya, you will rent a jeep and look forward to seeing leisurely wild animals. Now,you also can do this when you are in Tibet tours.
We have good news from the plateau that the quantity of wild animals rises again because of many years' effective protection. The rare Bengal Tiger shows again after long time disappear. There are thirteen species of animals which you can just find in Tibet, six birds and seven mammalia, occupying 10.4% of Tibetan valuable and rare wild animals. The representatives are: Equus Kiang, Cervusalbirostris, Bos mutus, Procaprapicticaudata, Lophura leuo melana, Tetraogallus tibetanus and Lopho phorus impe janus.
If you are a pet lover, you might ever hear about Tibetan Mastiff.This is kind of dog with thick furs and quite good at enduring chilliness. Tibetans alway have them protect possessions and food because Tibetan Mastiff have hostilities to all the strangers but very passionate to the host.
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