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Places to see in Xigaze

By Source:China Daily 2015-03-20

Xigaze used to be a prefecture, and it was formally authorized as a prefecture level city by the State Council on June 26, 2014.

The unveiling ceremony of Tibet's Xigaze upgrading into a prefecture level city was held in the last week of December 2014.

Home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, where the Panchen Lamas usually reside, Xigaze is rich with tourism resources. Below is a list of its top attractions.

Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by the First Dalai Lama, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Xigaze the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas The monastery is located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".

The Zongri Mountain of Xigaze's Gyangze county, is a ruin where the Anti-British War took place in 1903. It is listed as a national-level key cultural heritage site.

The Mount Qomolangma National Nature Reserve is located in Xigaze's Dingri county, it is near the border between China and Nepal. It spans an area of about 3.4 million hectares.

With an average height of about 4,200 meters (2.6 miles), Mount Qomolangma National Nature Reserve is the highest reserve in the world. One can find four of the world's six highest mountains here, including Mount Qomolangma, the world's highest peak at 8,844.43 meters (5.5 miles).

The reserve is built to protect rare alpine ecosystems and plateau landscapes as well as Tibetan culture.

It is home to a diverse spectrum of species, including more than 2,000 kinds of plants and nearly 300 types of animals. More than 80,000 people live there.

The reserve holds Rongbo Monastery, the highest temple in the world, at 5,100 meters. It is 20 km (12.4 miles) from the Mt Qomolangma.

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