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Shigatse

Overview

Shigatse also known as Xigaze, is a city located at 12792 feet, and is the 2nd largest city, which has a population of about 650000 in Tibet. In the past, it was the capital of western Tibet. It is located 250km southwest of Lhasa.

The famous monastery in Xigaze is Tashilumpo Monastery, which is very worth visiting. There are a lot of hiking opportunities around the monastery and outside of the city, offering great workout and views. Qingzang Railway will be extended to Shigatse and completed by 2010.

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  • How to Arrange Your Trip
  • Travel Season
    Best travel season The best time to visit Shigatse is April to October, while the peak season is May to September. Do remember to avoid visiting from 1st October to 7th October when it is the one-week long national holiday, because Shigatse is sti...
  • Transportation
    Travel to Shigatse, you first need to get to Lhasa by air, railway or bus and then transfer to Shigatse by bus or rental car. Buses regularly depart from Lhasa Coach Station to Shigatse. Shigatse is about 300 km away from Lhasa, and the ride takes a...
  • Dinning
    Mashed Yak Meat Tibetan medicines are mysterious. Mashed yak meat is the mixture of some Tibetan medicines and mashed raw beef, blood red, pungent, and you will feel hot after eating it. It's said that Tibet is a place where time can stop, and peopl...
  • Shopping
    What to buy Tang-ga Tang-ga is a sort of scroll painting with the main theme of Buddhism. It has distinctive ethnic features, using complicated lines and bright colors, and riching with religious flavors. Some of the Tang-ga has many colorful and ch...
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