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Shigatse Area (3,836 m)

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery has long been Panchen Lama's seat. It's Shigatse's foremost attraction. This gorgeous monastery can be detected miles away with its gold tops reflecting the sunshine. Tashilhunpo holds the giant Future Buddha statue- biggest Buddha statue in the world. The statue is 26.2m high, 11.5m shoulder width, with numerous jewelry inlaid in the body, unbelievably imposing.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya reached its heyday in the second half of the 13th century, when it was showered with gifts and privileges and given control over all Tibet by Kublai Khan, the Mongolia emperor of China. A separate sect of Tibetan Buddhism, named Sakyapa, also took from here. Sakye is reputed as the "Tibetan Dunhuang", for its great amount of Mongolian fineries, porcelain, statues, fresco, precious Tangkas and original Buddhism Scriptures.

Mt. Everest
The Tibetan name for Mt. Everest is "Mt. Quomolangma" which literally means "The Third Goddess". Towering 8848.13 meters in the middle section of the Himalayas in Tingri County, Shigatse, Mt. Quomolangma teems with snow-capped peaks and glaciers. It has four peaks above 8,000 meters and 38 peaks above 7,000 meter, thus is reputed as the Third Pole on the Earth. Glaciers of modern era are located at the foot of the mountains, deep caves and snaking ice rivers present a magnificent view around the Quomolangma.

Rongpuk Monastery
Being the highest monasteries in the world, Rongpuk is know as the starting point for climbing expeditions up Mt. Everest. From Rongpuk Monastery, the true grandeur of Everest's sheer north face becomes apparent.

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