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Tibet at a Glance

Located in one of the most remote regions of the world, Tibet often seems mysterious to outsiders.

Below are some fast facts to help you learn more about this unique, important place.






Average Altitude

Major Rivers

Native Wildlife


2.5 million square kilometres, which includes U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo provinces. “Tibet Autonomous Region”, consisting of U-Tsang and a small portion of Kham, consists of 1.2 million square kilometres. The bulk of Tibet lies outside the “TAR”.  (10th largest country in the world)


The total Tibetan population in Tibet is 6 million. Of them, 2.09 million live in the “TAR” and the rest in the Tibetan areas outside the “TAR”.

Tibetan Buddhism is practiced by 99 percent of the Tibetan population; Bon, the traditional religion, along with Islam and Christianity, are practiced by some Tibetans

Tibetan (of the Tibeto-Burmese language family); since China’s occupation, the official language has been Chinese

4,000 metres or 13,000 feet above sea level.

Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra in India), Machu (Yellow River in China), Drichu (Yangtse in China), Senge Khabab (Indus in India), Phungchu (Arun in India), Gyalmo Ngulchu (Salween in Burma) and Zachu (Mekong in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos).

Tibetan antelope, wild yak, wild ass and Tibetan argali, blue sheep, black-necked crane, Tibetan gazelle, giant panda, red panda, golden monkey.

Snow lions with red and blue rays; the flag is outlawed inside Tibet


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