Tashi delek! Tibet, home to the indigenous Tibetan people and its related ethnic groups, is the highest region on Earth and has in recent decades increasingly been referred to as the "Roof of the World". With an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft), it has some of the world's tallest mountains, including the highst mountain of the world: the Mount Everest, at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers.
The name Tibet is derived from the Sanskrit word Trivistapa which means "heaven." Tibetans called their homeland Bod.
Several major rivers have their source in the Tibetan Plateau (mostly in present-day Qinghai Province). These include the Yangtze River, The Yellow River, The Indus River, The Mekong, The Ganges and the the Yarlung Zangbo River (Brahmaputra River) The Indus and the Yarlung Zangbo rivers originate from a lake (Tib: Tso Mapham) in Western Tibet, near Mount Kailash. The mountain is a holy pilgrimage for both Hindus and Tibetans. The Tibetan name for Mt. Kailash is Khang Rinpoche. Tibet has numerous high-altitude lakes referred to in Tibetan as tso. These include Qinghai Lake, Lake Manasarovar, Namtso, Pangong Tso, Yamdrok Lake,Lhamo La-tso, The Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor) is the largest lake in the People's Republic of China.
The Tibetan economy is dominated by agriculture. Due to limited arable land, livestock raising is the primary occupation on the Tibetan Plateau. Among them are sheep, cattle, goats, camels, yaks, dzo (mix between a cow and a yak) and horses. The main crops that are grown are barley, wheat, buckwheat, rye, potatoes and assorted fruits and vegetables.
The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. Religious festivals are plentiful and are celebrated like with much passion.
Tibetans, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics!
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