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Golden roof of Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse

 Location: located between 29 north altitude and 88 east longitude with an elevation of 3800 meters; at the confluence of Nyangchu and Yarlung Tsangbo River about 250 kilometers to the west of Lhasa.

 Neighboring areas: Qinghai province, Sichuan province, and Yunnan province; Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

 Population: 70,000

 Nationalities: Han, Hui and Tibetan

 History: a history of more than 5 centuries; formerly called Tsang and ever rivalled Lhasa

 Climatic Features: moderate climate with plenty of sunshine; frost-free period of 160 days.

 Average Temperature: 6 ℃

 Rainfall: average annual of 300 to 450 mm.

Beautiful Tibet

 Local Highlights: Various Tibetan festivities and Buddhist activities.

 Shigatse Gold, Silver and Copper Crafts Factory: At the end of the 18th century, the seventh Panchen Lama invited Nepal craftsmen to make golden and silver vessels for Tashihunpo Monastery. Since then, the workshop came into being and has kept operating for more than 150 years. It changed to the gold, silver and copper factory after 1959, but their traditional techniques were kept down. Products of this factory are very popular among the monasteries in Tibet, Gansu and Qinghai. What's more, the golden and silver decorations in the stupa of the Tenth Panchen Lama were also designed and made in this factory.

 Recommended China Tour with Shigatse
13 Days Legendary Tour: Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Dingri, Everest Base Camp, Dingri, Zhangmu, Katmandu
17 Days Tibet Tour with Shigatse: Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Dingri, Everest Base Camp, Shigatse, Lhasa, Shanghai 
18 Days China Tour: Beijing, Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Xian, Guilin, Hong Kong

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