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Tibetan tradition....

Tibet, in central-east Asia and known as roof of the world, is the highest region in the world with the tallest mountains and the source of most majors rivers of Asia.


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SIZE: 2.5 million sq. km.


POPULATION: 6 million Tibetans and an estimated 7.5 million Chinese, most of whom are in Kham and Amdo


PROVINCES: Amdo, Kham & U-Tsang

BORDERING COUNTRIES: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China

RELIGION: Tibetan Buddhism

RELIGIOUS LEADER: HH The 14th Dalai Lama

AVERAGE ALTITUDE: 14,000-16,000 ft.

HIGHEST MOUNTAIN: Chomo Langma (Mt. Everest) 29,028 ft

AVERAGE RAINFALL: Varies widely. In the west it is 1mm in Jan. to 25mm in July. In the east, it is 25-50mm in Jan. and 800mm in July

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: July 58°F (14.5°C); Jan. 24°F (-4.5°C).

MAJOR RIVERS: Mekong, Yangtse, Salween, Tsangpo, Yellow, Indus, Ganges, Irrawaddy

STAPLE FOOD: Tsampa (roasted barley flour)

NATIONAL DRINK: Salted butter tea


ANIMALS: Wild yak, Bharal (blue) sheep, Musk deer, Tibetan antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Kyang (wild ass), Pica

BIRDS: Black necked crane, Lammergeier, Great crested grebe, Bar-headed goose, Ruddy shel duck, Ibis-bill


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