The Tibet Autonomous Region (西藏自治区) also called Xizang Autonomous Region is a region of the People's Republic of China. It roughly follows the borders of the government of Tibet in 1950. Covering an area of 1,228,400 sq km (474,300 sq mi), it is the second largest regional division of China after Xinjiang.
Tibet has a population of 2.9 million people, ranking it 32nd of the 33 regions of China. Its capital and largest city is Lhasa. The region had a GDP in 2009 of CNY 44.1 billion (32nd position) and per capita GDP of CNY 15,141 (28th position).
Much of the Tibet Autonomous Region is located on the Tibetan Plateau, which has an average height of 4,572 meters (15,000 ft). Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is on the border between Tibet and Nepal.
Going to Tibet
Tourists were only allowed into Tibet since the 1980's. There are now flights from different cities in China to Lhasa, as well as land routes from Nepal.