Theme Week Tibet – Shigatse

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Shigatse Fortress © Antoine Taveneaux/cc-by-sa-4.0

Shigatse Fortress © Antoine Taveneaux/cc-by-sa-4.0

Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê, is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, with an area of 182,000 km² (70,271 sq mi). It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet.

The administrative center of the prefecture-level city is the Samzhubzê District. It is roughly equivalent to the ancient Shigatse urban center, the second-largest city in Tibet, located about 280 km (170 mi) southwest of Lhasa and home to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, traditionally the seat of the Panchen Lama. Some of the towns in the prefecture are: Gyantse (Gyantse County), Tingri (Tingri County), and Nyalam (Nyalam County). On 11 July 2014 Shigatse Prefecture was upgraded into a prefecture-level city (the same status as Lhasa).

Tashilhunpo Monastery © Mongol/cc-by-sa-3.0 Entrance to Tashilhunpo Monastery © flickr.com - B_cool/cc-by-2.0 Entrance to Tashilhunpo Monastery © JanManu/cc-by-sa-4.0 Shigatse Fortress © Antoine Taveneaux/cc-by-sa-4.0 Shigatse Hotel © Royonx Shigatse © Antoine Taveneaux/cc-by-sa-4.0 Brahmaputra River © flickr.com - Boqiang Liao/cc-by-2.0 Tashilhunpo Monastery © JanManu/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Entrance to Tashilhunpo Monastery © flickr.com - B_cool/cc-by-2.0
The Lhasa–Xigazê Railway connects Xigazê Railway Station with Lhasa and further connects with Qinghai via Qinghai–Tibet Railway. It takes about 3 hours to travel between Lhasa and Shigatse by train. It can be returned from Lhasa within one day.

Shigatse Peace Airport began operations on 30 October 2010 after an Airbus A319 landed safely, making it Tibet’s fifth commercial airport. It is located 43 kilometres from Samzhubzê District at Jangdam Township at an elevation of 3,782 metres. The airport will be capable of supporting 230,000 passengers annually by 2020.

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