Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). No top China tours are popular enough without covering Tibet.
Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet were often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. Following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet. The region declared its independence in 1913. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following a military conflict, Tibet was incorporated into the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising. Today, the PRC governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while eastern areas are mostly within Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups are active in exile. With its featured culture and distinctive landscape, Tibet appeals numerous travelers domestic and abroad to take Tibet tours annually.
Long-standing and unique Tibetan clothing and ornaments are featured by diversified styles and patterns as well as bright color. It is traditional costume formed from ancient times under the influence of climate in the area, people's production activities and the religious culture. Ordinary dress with distinctive ethnic features is the Tibetan-style robe, which is characterized by long sleeves, loose waist and large lapel. Moreover, faconne decoration is important, and top priority is given to the conformity of dressing to personal status, reflecting by the existence of precious fur and silt piped sleeves, lapels and fundus. When wearing a Tibetan-style robe, underlinen is indispensable, with male-style ones mainly being fitted with high collars, and female ones with turn-down collars, both kinds made of silk in different colors. Female underlinen is provided with long sleeves, which are curled up in most times and laid down when dancing, so that they will wave in the wind with the dancer, presenting a beautiful vision. Compared with excitement experienced along the Silk Road travel, a Tibet travel would reward you extraordinary cultural experience and distinctive landscape discovery.
Tibetan clothing and ornaments, though bright in color, are harmoniously presented. It is in the clothing and ornaments that the gorgeous features of the Tibetans are perfectly embodied.
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