In the southwestern area of China lies a land, with an average elevation of over 4,000m. It is bordered by Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan, and by Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Kashmir Region in the south and west. It is Tibet, known as the “Roof of the World” and the “Third Pole of the Earth”.
Tibet is very beautiful, with a number of high mountains over 5,000m above sea level. Covered with white snow all the year round, these high mountains look like a huge sliver snake from a distance, presenting a magnificent scene. Mount Qomolangma on the Sino-Nepal frontier is 8,8844.43 m above sea level, being the highest peak in the world, and a sacred land for the people all over the world to go mountaineering and take a trip. Tibet has criss-crossed rivers and a large number of lakes. The Asia-renowned Ganges, Indus, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers originate from Tibet.
Enthusiastic and pious Tibetan people living in the holy mountains and by sacred waters are an indispensable part of the colorful plateau. Their unique and mystical folk customs, gaily-colored ethnic costumes, dances performed with intense emotion, brave and skillful horsemanship and archery, as well as the red cheeks of herdsmen are full of fresh and exuberant appeal.
Tibet is holy. The sacred and pure land of Tibet makes visitors feel mysterious. Tourists to Tibet will experience a baptism of the hearts when greeting shocks one after another. The Himalayas filled with mysterious colors, the Yarlung Zangbo River that has kept running for millions of years, and the time-honored Potala Palace, Norbu Lingka, the Jokhang Monastery, and the Tashilhunpo Monastery make people pay homage to them in great sincerity. When people hear the sutra-chanting sound from the monasteries in the mountains and by the rivers, or stroll in front of the ruins of the ancient and unadorned Guge Kingdom, people will feel that the past time was flowing back slowly. When people see flying swans above the limpid alpine lakes, and hear the bold and unconstrained pastorals from the vast grassland, who can stop loving this sacred land?
As Tibet is hard to reach, brave people from all over the world are looking forward to going. Tibet is a dream for tourists because of its fascinating landscapes. And Tibet is the paradise of pilgrims because of its religious position. After the Qinghai-Tibet Railway was open to traffic, more and more people can approach it, feel it and fall into love with it through this wonderful “Heavenly Road”!
From May to October is the best season for touring Tibet. From June to September there are more rainfalls and the scenery is beautiful. But the heavy rain may topple down mud and as a result the traffic will be affected.