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Tibet - Introduction

Introduction to Tibet

The ferry across the Yarlung Tsanpo, with the ever-watchful Public Security Bureau on board, U, Tibet

'Shangri La', 'the Rooftop of the World' - locked away in its Himalayan fortress, Tibet has long exercised a siren's hold on the imagination of the West. Tibetans are used to hardship, and despite the disastrous Chinese occupation, they have managed to keep their culture and humour alive.

Area: 1.2 million sq km
Population: 2.7 million
Government: government in exile
Head of State: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
GDP: US$2 billion
GDP per capita: US$2,800
Major Industries: Tourism, handicraft exports, agriculture and animal husbandry.

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