Tibet Autonomous Region

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Xīzàng zìzhìqū ( Pinyin )

བོད་ རང་སྐྱོང་ ལྗོངས་
bod rang skyong ljongs ( Tibet. )
Abbreviation : ( Pinyin : Zàng)
Capital Lhasa

 - Total
 - share in the

Rank 2 of 33

1,268,947 km²


 - Total 2016
 - density

Rank 32 out of 33

3,310,000 inhabitants
2.61 inhabitants / km²

Management type Autonomous area
governor Che Dalha
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ISO-3166-2 code CN-XZ
District level 3 administrative districts, 4 independent cities
District level 69 districts, 4 city districts
Community level 535 parishes, 140 large parishes, 9 street districts, 8 nationality parishes
Tibetan name
Tibetan script :
བོད་ རང་སྐྱོང་ ལྗོངས །
Wylie transliteration :
bod rang skyong ljongs
Official transcription of the PRCh :
Poi Ranggyongjong
THDL transcription :
Bo Rangkyong Jong
Chinese name
Traditional :
Simplified :
Pinyin :
Xīzàng Zìzhìqū

The Tibet Autonomous Region is an autonomous administrative unit of the People's Republic of China in the area of ​​historical Tibet , where, in addition to the Tibetans , members of other ethnicities or nationalities also live. In turn, Tibetans also live in the neighboring provinces of southwest and northwest China, mostly in autonomous districts .

Geography and politics

Tibet as part of the highlands of Tibet and its adjacent regions and countries

The Tibet Autonomous Region was created on September 1, 1965 as an administrative unit in the People's Republic of China. Representatives of the Tibetan government-in-exile see this as a change in the existing political system in contradiction to the agreement on the peaceful liberation of Tibet . It has an area of ​​1.22 million square kilometers. This administrative unit comprises the central Tibetan former provinces Ü and Tsang , Ngari , large parts of the Changthang and the western part of the Kham cultural region . Thus it corresponds roughly to the former sphere of influence of the Dalai Lamas , makes up about half of the Tibet-Qinghai highlands and covers about half of the Tibetan cultural area.

The Tibetan areas claimed and controlled by India are included in this area, these are: two sections each in the west of Gar district and two in the south of Zanda district , both in the administrative district of Ngari (western Tibet), as well as the entire south (southwest) of the districts Cona , Mêdog and Zayü in the Shannan administrative district and the city of Nyingchi (southeast Tibet). The affiliation of these areas to India is questioned by China under international law. The state of Arunachal Pradesh was formed from parts of the counties Cona, Mêdog and Zayü and some smaller areas claimed by India .

Large parts of Kham and the cultural province of Amdo , if they had ever belonged to the sphere of influence of the Dalai Lamas , were incorporated into the provinces of Sichuan , Yunnan , Qinghai and Gansu from the 18th and early 20th centuries and were therefore not part of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

In official Chinese usage, the term “Tibet” always stands for the Tibet Autonomous Region; however, the Tibetan term བོད ། also includes Tibetan areas outside the autonomous region are usually not included. In order to include them as well, the Tibetan language བོད་ ཆེན ("Greater Tibet"; Chinese Dà Zàngqū 大 藏区) are used.

The chairman of the Tibetan government is currently Qamba Püncog .


The 2010 census of the People's Republic of China determined a population of 3,002,165 for the Tibetan Autonomous Region (population density: approx. 2.34 inh / km²). All Tibetan groups in China together should actually have a total population of just over five million (2005).

Around 250,000 people live in the urban area of Lhasa , 120,000 in Samzhubzê , 25,000 in Chengguan and 16,000 in Bayi . According to official figures, 81% of the people in Tibet live in the countryside and 19% of the people in Tibet live in the cities.

Population development

Population growth in the province since 1954.

year population
1954 census 1,273,969
1964 census 1,251,225
1982 census 1,892,393
1990 census 2,196,010
2000 census 2,616,329
2010 census 3,002,165
Guess 2016 3,310,000

Ethnic classification

Name of the people Residents proportion of
Tibetans 2,427,168 92.77%
Han 158,570 6.06%
Hui 9,031 0.35%
Monba 8,481 0.32%
Deng / Dengba, Sherpa and Thami 3.817 0.15%
Lhoba 2,691 0.10%
Naxi 1,223 0.05%
Bai 722 0.03%
Uighurs 701 0.03%
Mongols 690 0.03%
Others 3,235 0.11%
  1. ethnicity not yet defined


Monks in Sera

The predominant religion is Tibetan Buddhism . According to official Chinese figures, there are currently over 1,700 sites for Tibetan Buddhist activities in Tibet with around 46,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. There are also four mosques in Tibet for over 3000 Muslims (members of the Hui nationality) and a Catholic church for over 700 Catholics.


In 2002, a law in the Tibet Autonomous Region established that the Tibetan language had the same legal force and status as the standard Chinese language used throughout the country . For schools, this means that the Tibetan language and writing must be included as a compulsory subject in the teaching program of all schools in the Tibet Autonomous Region. For important conferences, assemblies and meetings held in Tibet or in court, the law stipulates that anyone can voluntarily choose and use the Tibetan language or the national language (Han Chinese). An educated citizen in Tibet should be able to speak both the Tibetan and the Chinese languages.

Social development


All districts of Tibet are connected to the national self-dialing network of China and there are also Internet connections, as in all of China. The mobile network is currently being expanded across the board.

Healthcare and education

The enrollment rate in 2008 was 98.5% at primary school, 92.2% at middle school, 51.2% at high school, and 19.7% at university.

According to the Tibetan Regional Ministry of Education in Lhasa, the total number of students attending elementary, middle schools and universities in Tibet is 380,000. This number corresponds to 15 percent of the total population.

Tibet has six years of compulsory schooling across the board. As a rule, teaching is in the Tibetan language . School fees are charged for further education.

Currently, Tibet has a population of 2.6 million, of which one million have received a decent education. According to official figures, the illiteracy rate in Tibet has fallen from 44.7% in 1991 to 32%.

The development of medical care increased life expectancy in Tibet from 35 years in 1959 to 67 years in 2008 and 68.2 years in 2013. The eight year lower life expectancy in Tibet than in the rest of China is partly due to the difficult situation Living conditions at an altitude of over 4000 m have been reduced. It is the official goal of the Chinese government to increase life expectancy to 70 years by 2020.



Farmers repair a dam. In the background a field with highland barley

The most common fruit in Tibet is highland barley. Wheat, potatoes, corn and legumes are also grown where the climate allows it. Because of the long hours of sunshine and the long growing season, agriculture is still possible even at this high altitude, but only in relatively small areas of Tibet, in the area around Lhasa and Samzhubzê . Soon to the north only cattle breeding is possible, to the west the desert begins. Agriculture has been mechanized in recent years through the use of machines and total yields have increased. However, pasture farming (sheep, yaks ) on the high steppes is still more important .


The industry is still underdeveloped, but it is supported by the Chinese central government and is growing very quickly. There is a mining industry for the extraction of iron , gold , lithium , copper , salt , borax . For lithium and borax, Tibet has the world's largest deposits.

Another major economic sector is the building materials industry .


The following table shows the development of the value of annual industrial production and the forms of ownership of the companies.

Gross production value and forms of ownership of industry
year A total of Forms of ownership Production value in 10,000 yuan
Other Light
1959 4,344 4,243 101 164 4.120
1965 2,349 1,797 552 892 1,457
1970 3,734 2,857 877 1,419 2,315
1975 11.306 8,649 2,657 4,296 7,010
1980 14,894 13,818 1,076 4,600 10,294
1985 21,247 13,950 1,958 5,339 10,765 10,482
1990 37,200 25,395 4,230 7,575 14,518 22,682
1995 90.816 65,679 13,909 11,228 28,479 62,339
2000 183.036 94,970 14,090 57,234 65,626 100.384
2003 239,635 105.503 40.209 93,923 89,753 149,882


The Mount Everest seen from Tibet

Tourism is being expanded in a targeted manner and has achieved growth rates of over 25% annually in recent years. In 2005, over a million tourists visited the AGT, including over 100,000 foreigners. In 2010 it was 6.85 million who contributed 14.1% to the Tibetan gross domestic product via income of 7.14 billion yuan renminbi . In 2011 there were already 8.5 million tourists. The Lhasa Railway as an alternative to the airplane is an essential element in the expansion of tourism . For this purpose, the wagons of the Lhasa line were provided with panoramic windows and the line with stops at special viewpoints.

At the growth rates of recent years, 15 million tourists are expected in Tibet annually from 2015 [out of date] . According to state plans, a third of all workers in the Tibet Autonomous Region will be employed in tourism by 2020. 80 to 90 percent of tourists in Tibet are citizens of the People's Republic of China. The largest group of foreign tourists is Japanese, with the number of Americans and Europeans growing.


The traditional means of transport are caravans of pack animals ( yaks ). Until 50 years ago, this was the only means of transport, especially since there were no roads. Today the transport system is essentially dominated by road transport. Since the annexation of Tibet by the People's Republic of China (1951), over 20,000 km of highways have been laid. Connections have been made to Nepal , Sikkim , Xinjiang , Qinghai and Sichuan , the quality of which is constantly being improved.

Despite road construction, one of the main factors hindering Tibet's economic development is its poor infrastructure. For this reason, railway lines, roads, airports, power supply and telecommunications are currently being built up and expanded at an accelerated rate.

The Friendship Highway was until a few years ago, a difficult to be traveled gravel road between the city of Lhasa and the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge on the Tibet-Nepal border in Nyalam. Today the entire route has been expanded with a modern, paved road.


From 2001 to 2005 the Lhasa Railway was built, a 1125 km long railway line from Golmud in central China to the Tibetan capital Lhasa . It is a railway line mostly 4000 m above sea level. Since 2007, goods such as oil, coal, building materials, goods from the Tibetan mining industry and others have been able to be transported over a railway line at a fraction of the previous cost and no longer have to be transported by truck on the highways of Tibet. This gives the Lhasa Railway a key position in the further economic development of Tibet.

The railway line is of great importance for the tourism industry today. Critics fear, however, that this will facilitate the arrival of Han Chinese and that the ethnic structure will be changed to the detriment of the Tibetans. However, Lhasa can already be reached in two days by bus from the Chinese lowlands.

From 2010 to 2014 the railway line was extended to Xigatse . The construction of the route was very complex. About half of the route runs in tunnels or on bridges. An extension of the route to the capital of Nepal, to Kathmandu , is being planned. This worries the Indian government, because up to now Nepal has been in the Indian sphere of influence through trade and traffic.

The Tibet Autonomous Region currently has (as of 2013) over five civilian airports: the Lhasa Gonggar Airport near the capital, the qamdo bamda airport in the town of Qamdo and Nyingchi-Mainling airport of the city of Nyingchi ; In 2010, the modern airports Xigazê in the administrative district of Xigazê and Ngari were opened.

Nagqu Dagring Airport , located at an altitude of 4,436 meters in the administrative district of Nagqu , is currently under construction, and once it is completed it will become the highest airport in the world.

gross domestic product

According to official Chinese statistics, the gross domestic product of the Chinese Autonomous Region of Tibet exceeded 20 billion yuan in 2004 . The autonomous region has thus recorded economic growth of over 12 percent for four years in a row. In 2000, the gross domestic product was 11.75 billion yuan, in 1994 it was 5 billion yuan. In 2006, the gross domestic product reached 29 billion yuan (EUR 2.9 billion), with a growth of 13.2% compared to 2005.

Gross domestic product of the Tibet Autonomous Region
in billion yuan
(at current prices)
year GDP
1978 000.6
1980 000.9
1985 001.8
1990 002.8
1995 005.6
2000 012
2004 020th
2006 029
2007 034
2010 051
2012 070
2013 080
2015 103

Investment in physical assets in Tibet grew 20 percent in 2004 compared to 2003.

While traditional agriculture and animal husbandry continue to play a central role in rural areas, in the cities in 2005 the service sector overtook the primary industry (raw material production) sector .

The disposable income of a Tibetan in 2005 was US $ 1051 in the cities and US $ 259 in the countryside. This was 30.4% more in the cities and 55.9% more in the countryside than in 2000. Nevertheless, she is alive Majority of Tibetans in rural areas to this day in simple to very simple circumstances.


The production quantities of important goods in the Tibet Autonomous Region have developed as follows in recent years.

Production of important products
year Chrome ores in tons Electricity in kWh Cement in tons Wood in 10,000 m³ Traditional Chinese medicine in tons
1959 88 6th
1965 2,782 10,600 7th
1970 300 5,302 3,600 7th
1975 200 10,488 34,000 17th
1980 50,300 17,459 52,200 21st 101
1985 14.101 24,668 48,668 21st 82
1990 93,120 31,582 132,345 21st 55
1995 109,882 48,343 219,952 16 222
1999 183,661 63,323 390,373 13th 538
2000 196.628 66,075 493.200 12 591
2001 159,446 69,690 495,900 10 697
2002 124.222 79,650 590,300 5 995
2003 155,796 101,600 889.100 6th 889
  1. a b Felling in Tibet was reduced from 210,000 m³ in the 1980s to 50,000 to 60,000 m³ in 2002 and 2003. This is part of the new environmental policy requirements.

Administrative structure

Biggest cities

The population figures are based on the 2010 census and refer to the actual urban settlement.

city Residents
1 Lhasa 199.159
2 Xigazê 63,967
3 Qamdo 44,028
4th Nagqu 42,984
5 Nyingchi 35.179

See also

Portal: Tibet  - Overview of Wikipedia content on Tibet


  • Tsering Shakya: The Dragon in the Land of Snows. A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 (London, Pimlico 1999), ISBN 0-7126-6533-1 .
  • Melvyn C. Goldstein: A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951 (University of California Press 1991), ISBN 0-520-07590-0 .
  • Melvyn C. Goldstein: The Snow Lion and the Dragon. China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama. (University of California Press 1997), ISBN 0-520-21951-1 .
  • A. Tom Grunfeld: The Making of Modern Tibet (University of California Press, London-Delhi 1987), ISBN 0-520-21951-1 ; (New edition ME Sharpe 1996, ISBN 1-56324-714-3 ).
  • Jin Hui: Social History of Tibet, China . Documented and Illustrated. (Beijing, Intercontinental Press 1995), ISBN 7-80113-022-7 .
  • Wáng Jiawei王家伟, Nyima Gyaincain (Nyima rGyal-mtshan / Nímǎ Jiānzàn尼玛坚赞): The historical status of China's Tibet ( Zhōngguó Xizang de lìshǐ Diwei中国西藏的历史地位), Beijing, China Intercontinental Press / ( Wǔzhōu chuánbō chūbǎnshè北京 五洲 传播 出版社 2003), ISBN 7-80113-304-8 .
  • Zhang Tianlu: Population Development in Tibet and Related Issues (Beijing, Foreign Languages ​​Press 1997), ISBN 7-119-01867-1 .
  • Zheng Shan: A History of Development of Tibet (Beijing, Foreign Languages ​​Press 2000), ISBN 7-119-01865-5 .
  • Elliot Sperling: The Tibet-China Conflict - History and Polemics East-West Center, Washington 2004, Online (PDF)
  • Alan Winnington : Tibet. The true story. Verlag Das neue Berlin, 2008, ISBN 978-3-360-01955-4 .
  • Birgit Zotz : Destination Tibet. Tourist image between politics and cliché. Hamburg 2010 ISBN 978-3-8300-4948-7

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. China: Provinces and Major Cities - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather, and Web Information. Retrieved May 6, 2018 .
  2. 2000 年 人口普查 中国 民族 人口 资料 , 民族 出版社/ Tabulation on nationalities of 2000 population census of China (compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics and the Commission on Ethnic Affairs of the People's Republic of China) 2003/9 ( ISBN 7-105-05425-5 )
  3. a b Part V: Development and Progress of Tibet in the Last 50 Years. In: german.beijingreview.com.cn. Retrieved February 19, 2015 .
  4. china.org, November 23, 2015
  5. a b Output Value of Industry in Tibet: Tibet - Facts and Figures 2005
  6. a b Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany: Tibet hopes for more tourists , January 14, 2011, accessed February 14, 2011
  7. Tourism: Tibet records an increase in visitors - Radio China International. In: german.cri.cn. July 8, 2013, accessed February 19, 2015 .
  8. See Birgit Zotz: Destination Tibet. Tourist image between politics and cliché. Hamburg 2010, pp. 40–46
  9. Sudha Ramachandran: Delhi sweats as China inches toward Nepal. October 16, 2010, archived from the original on July 9, 2012 ; Retrieved October 3, 2015 .
  10. World's highest-altitude airport planned on Tibet . Xinhua News Agency January 12, 2010. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved on December 12, 2010.
  11. a b Record-breaking economic growth in Tibet . December 2006. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
  12. Official presentation, January 2008
  13. Tibet Facts and Figures 2005
  14. Harmony in Tibet . showchina.org. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  15. Tibet's gross domestic product will increase in 2012 . cri.cn. January 18, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  16. ↑ Double- digit economic growth in Tibet in 2013 . china.org.cn. January 12, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  17. GDP for 2015 ( memento of March 24, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  18. Xizang / Tibet (China): Autonomous Region, Cities & Counties - Population Statistics, Maps, Graphics, Weather and Web Information. Retrieved December 11, 2017 .

Coordinates: 31 ° 42 '  N , 86 ° 56'  E