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Where to see Tibetan culture outside of Tibet?   


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For many travelers going to Tibet is their dream trip destination. But for entering Tibet   Autonomous Region foreign visitors need to obtain special permission certificate and can go only joining a group to travel. If you have friends who also wishes to visit Tibet with you, than it’s perfect, but what if you are travelling alone or in a couple? Maybe in this situation you don’t want to join another group. Another case - you are coming to China for not very long time and don’t have enough days in China to make a tour to Tibet or some tours to Tibet are pricey.

If you have such circumstances, you don’t need to cancel plans to see Tibetan culture! Except for Tibet, in China there are plenty of places where you don't need additional documents to fully enjoy Tibetan culture!

1.Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province四川省甘孜藏族自治州

Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is located in the west of Sichuan Province and southeast of the Tibetan Plateau. Most of the population here are Tibetans. Local people mainly use the Kang dialect (one of the three major dialects in Tibetan).

Kangding 康定

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Kangding has a long and splendid history, always being an exchange center of Tibetan and Chinese cultures. Since ancient times, it has been the political, economic, cultural, commercial, information center and transportation hub of the Kangba Tibetan region. Tibetan ethnic group comprise more than 70% of local population.

Sertar 色达

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Sertar County is located in the southeast of Tibetan plateau at an altitude of 4,100 meters above sea level. The word “sertar” is translated from Tibetan as “golden freedom”. Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world, is situated in Sertar. In the very beginning the institute, founded by lama Jigme Phuntsok in 1980, had just several monks, but now have thousands of monks and is visited by pilgrims from different countries of the world.

Sertar is at an altitude of around 4,100 meters above sea level.

Daocheng 稻城

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This amazing place is located in the south of Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture. Daocheng is most well-known for Yading National Park 亚丁风景区, the mountains and lakes of which are considered to be holy by Tibetan.

2.Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,Yunnan Province迪庆藏族自治州

Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the northwest of Yunnan Province is one of the eight autonomous prefectures in Yunnan Province with the capital city of Shangri-La. In Tibetan name of the prefecture means "a place of good luck".

Shangri-la 香格里拉

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Shangri-la in Tibetan means "sun and moon in my heart”. Shangri-la appeared in the famous novel “Lost Horizon” by the British writer James Hilton in the 1930s and became known by the world. The movie was made on the basis of the novel and won multiple Oscars.

Among two must-visit places in Shangri-la are majestic Potatso National Park 普达措国家公园and Gadan Songzanlin Lamasery噶丹·松赞林寺- the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Yunnan Province built in 1679, known as "small Potala Palace" for its structure similar to main Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

3.Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province玉树藏族自治州

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Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is the first minority autonomous prefecture established in Qinghai Province. Yushu has unique plateau natural landscapes, as well as folk customs. Among main natural reserves there is famous Hoh Xil or Kekexili可可西里国家级自然保护区.

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