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 Tibet (Tibetanབོད་Wyliebodpronounced [pʰø̀ʔ]Chinese西藏pinyinXī Zàng) is a Chinese occuppied and ruled plateau region in Asia and disputed territory, north of the Himalayas. It is home to the indigenous Tibetan people, and to some other ethnic groups such as Monpas and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). It is sometimes referred to as the roof of the world.[1]

During Tibet's history, it has existed as a region of separate sovereign areas, a single independent entity[2] and as a part of successive Chinese dynasties. Tibet was first unified under King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. At various times from the 1640s until 1950s, a government nominally headed by the Dalai Lamas, a line of spiritual leaders, ruled a large portion of the Tibetan region. During most of this period, the Tibetan administration was subordinate to the Chinese empire of the Qing Dynasty.

In 1913 the 13th Dalai Lama expelled Qing's representatives and troops from what is now the Tibet Autonomous Region.[3] While the expulsion was seen as an assertion of Tibetan autonomy,[4] Tibet's proclaimed independence was not accepted by the government of China, nor did Tibet receive foreign diplomatic recognition.[5]

Following a decisive battle at Chamdo in 1950, the Communist Party of China gained control of the region of Kham to the West of the Upper Yangtze River. The next year the 14th Dalai Lama and his government signed the Seventeen Point Agreement. In 1959, he together with a group of Tibetan leaders and followers fled to India and set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala. Beijing and the Government-in-exile disagree over when Tibet became a part of China, and whether the incorporation into China of Tibet is legitimate according to international law[6]. Since what constitutes Tibet is a matter of much debate (see map, right), neither its size nor population are simple matters of fact, due to various entities claiming differing areas as part of "Tibet".

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review by . February 18, 2010
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The Roof of The World
In the movie 2012, this is where everyone is heading, come the end of the world, that is :-)   The world hasn't ended and there is no sign of it ending as yet, so Tibet is here to stay. For now, it is a Chinese territory. Whatever you say, whether you like it or not, it is a Chinese Territory. As a foreign visitor, you need a special pass from the Chinese Government to enter this region. For a few months in 2008, it was totally closed to foreigners due to instability in the region. It's …
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
Quick Tip by . April 20, 2010
posted in Go China
After a visit to Expo in Shanghai, Tibet is where you'd like to head. You can be on the Highest Railway in the World on the way to Tibet!
Quick Tip by . January 31, 2010
Be it the Dalai Lama or be it a Chinese Territory, it is a place worthy of your attention & visits. Highly spiritual & unique area.
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