The Tibet Autonomous Region ‘Shangri La’, has long exercised a siren’s hold on the imagination of the West. The Tibet Autonomous Region is the second-largest province-level division of China by area, spanning over 1,200,000 square kilometers 460,000 sq miles and due to its generally harsh terrain, is the least densely populated provincial-level division of the PRC.
Although Tibetan history can be traced thousands of years back, the written history only dates back to the 7th century. Tibet spans the world’s largest with average heights of over 4,000 m, also the world’s highest plateau. The Tibetan Plateau also spans most Qinghai, western Sichuan province, northern Yunnan, and lastly southwestern Gansu. Consequently, Tibet is often referred to as the “Roof of the World”.
Spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the intoxicating wonders to be experienced by adventurous travelers who visit this land. Tibetan culture and religion are mixed together and infiltrate every aspect of social life. Tibetan religious arts have a distinctive style with adoption of Indian and Chinese Buddhist influence.