Shigatse boasts abundant tourist resources in Tibet, including splendid Tibetan monasteries, magnificent snow mountains, stunning lakes, unique ethnic culture and the like. Tingri County in Shigatse has the world's highest peak-Mount Everest. There is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake. Samzhubze Palace and Gyantse Fortress were once the center of church and state. There are also a number of famous monasteries such as Tashilhunpo temple, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Sayka Temple and so on.
Shigatse covers an area of nearly 182,000 square kilometers with a population of about 845,300 in 2017. There are more than 10 ethnic groups in Shigatse, including Tibetan, Han, Hui, Mongol, Tu, Man, Miao, Zhuang and the like, of which Tibetan is the main ethnic group, accounting for more than 90% of the total population.
Traditional Ethnic Village
Monasteries in Shigatse
Temples are the main manifestation of Tibetan Buddhist culture, there are many monasteries in Shigatse, here below are part of them.
Various Tibetan festivals are celebrated in different ways in Shigatse. It is suggested to visit Shigatse during the festivals and enjoy the lively scenes with the local Tibetan people if time is sufficient. Festival is the best way to experience the diverse culture and tradition of the local and their ethnic affinity. There are festivals in Shigatse including Tibetan New Year, Lingka Festival, Tashilhunpo Festival and Gyantse Damar Festival, etc.