Tibetans believe in Lamaism, which was introduced in the 13th century.

 Brief Introduction

Tibet Autonomous Region, Zang for short, is located on Southwest China's border areas, with Lhasa as the provincial capital. The Tibetans first settled along the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River in Tibet.

At the beginning of the 7th century, King Songzan Gambo established the slavery kingdom known as "Bo," (called "Tubo" in Chinese historical documents). After the Tubo regime was established, the Tibetans increased their political, economic, and cultural exchanges with the Han and other ethnic groups in China. In 641, King Songzan Gambo married Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

From the 10th to 12th century, Tibet split into several independent regimes. The Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) founded by the Mongols in the 13th century brought the divided Tibet under the unified rule of the Central Government.

Tibet has rich resources of hydraulic, geothermal, and solar as well as wind energy, and abounds in forest resources in the eastern gorge area. As Tibet is one of China's five major pastoral areas, agriculture and livestock breeding are the backbone of its economy, whose outputs of green pear, goat, and herbal medicine occupy important positions in China. The cultivation of highland barley, peas, horse beans, jute (fibers from a plant), and beets, and so on are also of great importance. Its industries of handicraft, ore, and agricultural machinery are developing fast.

Known as the "Roof of the World" with an average altitude of about 5,000 meters, Tibet has spectacular and fascinating snow-capped peaks, glaciers, high mountains, wide rivers, unique highland lakes, geothermal springs, vast pastoral areas, magnificent monasteries, brilliant religious arts, and interesting ethnic customs. Main famous scenic spots and historic sites include the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Drepung, Sear, and Tashlunbu monasteries, the Yalong River in southern Tibet, and the Tombs of the Tibetan Kings.

Qomolangma (Mount Everest) is a transliteration from Tibetan, meaning goddess of mountain. The 8,848-meter Qomolangma is the main peak of the Himalayas. Situated on the border between China and Nepal, it is the highest mountain in the world. This majestic peak has long attracted mountaineers, scientists, and ordinary tourists.

Tibetans are also good dancers and singers. Their dancing is beautiful with movements executed either with the arms and waist or with legs and feet, with tap dance being the most typical Tibetan style.





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