Tibet occupies an area of high plateaus averaging around 5,000 meters and rugged mountain ranges situated between China to the north and northeast, Nepal to the south and the Kashmir region of India to the west. The Tibetan plateau is generally divided into a lake region in the north and northwest, consisting of arid, desert-like terrain punctuated by salt and freshwater lakes, and a river region to the east, south and southwest, comprised of fertile mountain valleys fed by the YarlungTsampo river and its tributaries.
People and Culture
Tibet's inhabitants consist of an ethnic majority called Zang, a culture with deep and fascinating roots apparent in their unique lifestyles and livelihoods. Their ancient form of Buddhism influences traditional Tibetan practices, a spiritual following that permeates their architecture, arts and social gatherings. Tibetans are known for their expressive forms of song and dance, their colorful attire, and the painstaking detail of their traditional arts such as calligraphy and Thanka painting.