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.
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