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The holiday destination of Shigatse is Tibet's second largest city, situated about 190 miles (300km) from Lhasa at the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu Rivers, in the south of the region.

Although Shigatse has undergone rapid development in recent years it offers few tourist facilities, but is nevertheless a popular holiday destination for adventure travellers and mountaineers, being within reach of Mount Everest.

One of the most colourful areas in Tibet, Shigatse is surrounded by grassland, snowfields, river valleys and even jungle. It is also a haven for pilgrims travelling from western Tibet to Lhasa. The city is 600 years old and is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, an important Tibetan spiritual leader and abbot of the Tashilhunpo Monastery. The city offers some interesting monasteries in its vicinity; Shigatse's old quarter is also worth a visit while on holiday, as is its colourful market.

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The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but there are hundreds of local dialects.


The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY). The Yuan is divided into 10 chiao/jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because this currency can be exchanged only within China's borders. Travellers cheques, preferably in US Dollars, and foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities at various establishments, but outside the major cities acceptance is limited. ATMs are scarce outside the main cities.


Local time is GMT +8.

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