With nicknames such as “the Roof of the World,” “the Third Pole” and “Asia’s Water Tower,” the Tibetan Plateau, which encompasses an area greater than Western Europe, is a place of great geological and cultural importance. It provides water for more than half of Asia and is home to the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world.
Tibet is still today one of the least populated and most remote parts of the world, mostly due to its mountainous and harsh geographical features. The mountain ranges that surround Tibet create a barrier from the rest of the world, leaving some places in Tibet uninhabited. The mountains in Tibet average 22,960 feet high, earning the nickname “Roof of the World”. In Tibet, there are five mountains over 26,240 feet high, including the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Tibet is a great playground for hikers, climbers, and mountaineers. Also, frequent flights to Lhasa, Xining, Lanzhou, Chengdu, and Kunming, along with convenient rail and bus access have made this once secluded mystic Buddhist kingdom more easily accessible than ever.
In Tibet, Buddhism is not just a religious belief, it is a way of life. You can see the influence of Buddhism throughout this region. Tibetans view the environment as a place where humans and nature coexist, therefore most of their land is colorful and pure. There are a great number of sacred sites, such as monasteries, nunneries, and palaces, to explore while in Tibet.
The Tibetan Plateau is home to an enormous number of glaciers; on the side facing China alone, the area supports 37,000 glaciers. These glaciers feed Asia’s largest rivers, including the Ganges, the Mekong, the Yellow, and the Yangtze. Civilizations continue to utilize the water provided by these rivers. National Geographic asserts that: “All told, some two billion people in more than a dozen countries -- nearly a third of the world's population -- depend on rivers fed by the snow and ice of the plateau region.”
BREATHTAKING YUNNAN PROVINCE
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