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Shigatse

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Mountains
Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê, is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000km2. It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet.OverviewThe administrative center of the prefecture-level city is the Samzhubzê District. It is roughly equivalent to the ancient Shigatse urban center, the second-largest city in Tibet, located about 280 km (174 miles) southwest of Lhasa and home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, traditionally the seat of the Panchen Lama.Some of the towns in the prefecture are: Gyantse (Gyantse County), Tingri (Tingri County), and Nyalam (Nyalam County).On 11 July 2014 Shigatse Prefecture was upgraded into a prefecture-level city (the same status as Lhasa).TransportRailThe Lhasa–Xigazê Railway connects Xigazê Railway Station with Lhasa and further connects with Qinghai via Qinghai–Tibet Railway.It takes about 3 hours to travel between Lhasa and Shigatse by train. It can be returned from Lhasa within one day.
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