Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Yak
A Yak

Mt Everest from Rongbuk Monastery
Mt Everest from Rongbuk Monastery
Mt Kailash

Facts About Tibet

Legal Status: Independent until 1949 and now occupied.
Size: 2.5 million square kilometres.
Population: ~ 6 million in 1949.
~2.54 million 1954
~ 6 million today

Spiritual Leader:
 

Political Leader:

His Holiness the 14th
Dalai Lama
~ Tenzin Gyatso

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay

Religion: Buddhism. Prior to 1959 there were over 6000 monasteries in Tibet. The Chinese have destroyed all but 13 of these.
Capital: Lhasa
Language: Tibetan
Staple Food: Tsampa (roasted barley flour)
National Drink: Salted butter tea.
Average Altitude: 4,000 metres
Highest Mountain: Mount Everest (Chomolungma)
Domestic Animal: Yak
Mineral Deposits: Borax, chromite, gold, iron, uranium.
Economy: Agriculture and animal husbandry.
National Flag:
Snow lions with red and blue rays (outlawed in Tibet).
Tibet is Significant
Tibet is one third the size of Australia
Tibet is one-third of the size of Australia.

It is strategically important to China, bordering Burma, Bhutan, China, East Turkestan, India, Mongolia and Nepal.
 
Historical Map of Tibet

Historical Map of Tibet
Tibetans use the name "Tibet" to mean the 3 provinces above, which was the area traditionally known as Tibet prior to the 1949-50 Chinese invasion.

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