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.
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
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.
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.