A satellite image of Tibet/Xizang
Political map; Tibet Autonomous Region within China

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Tibet:

Tibet is a plateau region in Asia and the home to the indigenous Tibetan people. With an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft), it is the highest region on Earth and is commonly referred to as the "Roof of the World."

A unified Tibet first came into being under Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. From the early 17th century until the 1959 uprising, the Dalai Lamas (Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leaders) were, at least nominally,[1] heads of a centralised Tibetan administration, with political power to administer religious and administrative authority[1] over large parts of Tibet from the traditional capital Lhasa. They are believed to be the emanations of Avalokiteśvara (or "Chenrezig" [spyan ras gzigs] in Tibetan), the bodhisattva of compassion.

General reference

Geography of Tibet

A topographic map of Tibet

Geography of Tibet

Environment of Tibet

Geographic features of Tibet

Administrative divisions of Tibet

Administrative divisions of Tibet

Tibet is divided into 7 prefecture-level divisions, 73 county-level divisions, and 692 township-level divisions. The 7 prefecture-level divisions are:

There are also three traditional provinces or regions of Tibet:

Government and politics of Tibet

Politics in Tibet

Branches of the government of Tibet

Executive branch of the government of Tibet

Legislative branch of the government of Tibet

Judicial branch of the government of Tibet

Foreign relations of Tibet

Foreign relations of Tibet

International organization membership

Local government in Tibet

Law and order in Tibet

Law of Tibet

Government in exile

Central Tibetan Administration

History of Tibet

Main articles: History of Tibet and Timeline of Tibetan history

Culture of Tibet

Tibetan Culture

Religion in Tibet

Art in Tibet

National symbols of Tibet

Economy and infrastructure of Tibet

Economy of Tibet

See also



  1. ^ a b The historical status of the Dalai Lamas as actual rulers is disputed. A. Tom Grunfeld's The Making of Modern Tibet, p. 12: "Given the low life expectancy in Tibet it was not uncommon for incarnations to die before, or soon after, their ascendancy to power. This resulted in long periods of rule by advisers, or, in the ease of Dalai Lama, regents. As a measure of the power that regents must have wielded it is important to note that only three of the fourteen Dalai Lamas have actually ruled Tibet. From 1751 to 1960 regents ruled for 77 percent of the time"
  2. ^ "China". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 8, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.

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