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Tibet

Tibet

Without question, Tibet is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Asia, if not the world. The scope for adventure here is limitless. High-altitude treks may take you past impossibly turquoise lakes and mountain passes draped with prayer flags. Visits to ancient monasteries may teach you a thing or two about the Buddhist religion. Or trips to the vast grassland plains might reward you with glimpses of wild horses. Uniquely spiritual and awesome in every sense of the word, Tibet is a place that stays with you long after your visit.

Traditionally, Tibet's territory accounts for approximately one quarter of the landmass of China. However the Tibet Autonomous Region, created by the Chinese government in 1965, comprises less than half of these lands and includes only about a third of the total Tibetan population. To the north and east lie the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan. To the south and west, Tibet is bordered by Burma, India, Bhutan and Nepal.

You might think that climate would be a major consideration when visiting Tibet, but not so. Despite the high elevation, there's not usually much snow, even in winter months. Temperatures from November to March are cold, though, with January averaging just -2°C. Spring, early Summer and late Fall are probably the best times to visit. Mt. Everest is particularly clear during April and May as sunny skies prevail most days at this time; however travellers should be prepared for cool nights. At higher elevations (over 4000m) even mid-summer days can be chilly, and weather can change very quickly so come prepared for anything.

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