TIBET AT A GLANCE


SIZE:			2.5 million sq. km.

CAPITAL:		Lhasa

POPULATION:             6 million Tibetan and an undetermined no. of Chinese,

			most of whom are in Kham and Amdo

RELIGION:		Tibetan Buddhism is practiced by 99% of the Tibetan Pop.

LANGUAGE:		Tibetan (of the Tibeto-Burmese language family).

			official language is Chinese

STAPLE FOOD:		Tsampa (roasted barley flour)

NATIONAL DRINK:         Salted butter tea

TYPICAL ANIMALS:      	Wild yak, Bharal (blue) sheep, Musk deer, Tibetan 

			antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Kyang (wild ass), Pica

TYPICAL BIRDS:		Black necked crane, Lammergeier, Great crested grebe,

			Bar-headed goose, Ruddy shell duck, Ibis-bill

MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL

PROBLEMS:		Rampant deforestation in eastern Tibet;

			desertification, poaching of large mammals

AVERAGE ALTITUDE

HIGHEST MOUNTAIN:       Chomo Langma (Mt. Everest) 29,028 ft.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:    July 58 F; January 24 F

MINERAL DEPOSITS:       Borax, uranium, iron, chomite, gold

MAJOR RIVERS:           Mekong, Yangtse, Salween, Tsangpo, Yellow

ECONOMY:		Tibetan: predominantly in agriculture and animal husbandry

		        Chinese: predominantly in govt., commerce, and service sector

PROVINCES:		U-Tsang (Central Tibet), Amdo (N.E. Tibet), Kham (S.E. Tibet)

BORDERING COUNTRIES:    India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China

NATIONAL FLAG:          Snow lions with red and blue rays. Outlawed in Tibet.

POLITICAL AND 

RELIGIOUS LEADER:    	The 14th Dalai Lama. In exile in Dharamsala, India

GOVERNMENT:             Communist(China)

RELATIONSHIP WITH

THE P.R.C.:		Colonial

LEGAL STATUS:           Occupied





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