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Shigatse is situated in the southwest of Tibet, to the south are Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim with a national border of  1753 kilometers, and occupies 180 thousand square kilometers, with an average altitude of more than 4000 meters.



Shigatse used to be the capital of Tsang and now is the capital of Shigatse prefecture. The 600 year old city is the  traditional seat of the Shigatse, also named Xigatse, means 'the fertile land'. This frontier city is the second  largest in Tibet. It sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu Rivers, where Tibet's most  fertile land is to be found. With some thirteen ethnic groups including Tibetan, Hui and Man, Shigatse is a typical  living area for minority nationalities. it is a holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, one of the  spiritual leaders in Tibet. The city is also the cultural, economic and political center of Tibet.



Shigatse is a transportation center in Tibet, with convenient highways leading to different destinations, such as  Yadong, Lhasa, Pulan, Nepal, etc. It is 250 kilometers from Lhasa to Shigatse which will take about 4 hours by bus.



Panchen Lama, who is one of the two prestigious spiritual leaders in Tibet and the abbot of the Tashilhunpo Monastery.  About 300 km from Lhasa, it is an important stop between Lhasa and west Tibet where pilgrims and tourists often wander.  Shigatse has a population of over 80,000, of which 97% are Tibetan. It is the second largest city within Tibet has undergone large scale development. Most tourist facilities stand along the route.


. Tashilhunpo Monastery, the foremost attraction of Shigatse.
. Remains of Shigatse fortress.
. Key position of high ways

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