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Tibet also known as TAR is a democratic region in China that is very poor and ismainly inhabited by Buddhists Throughout its long history Tibet at times has governeditself as an independent state and at other times has had various levels of association withChina Whatever China s involvement in Tibetan affairs Tibets internal government wasfor centuries a theocracy under the leadership of Buddhist lamas or monks In 1959 theDalai Lama fled to India during a Tibetan revolt against Chinese control in the region China then took complete control of Tibet installing a sympathetic Tibetan ruler and in1965 replacing with a Communist administration Encarta 1The TAR covers an area of about 472000 square miles It is bounded on the northby Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province on the east by Sichuan andYunnan provinces on the south by Myanmar formally known as Burma India Bhutanand Nepal and on the west by India Lhasa is the regions capital and largest city SchallerWith an average elevation of more than 12000 feet Tibet is the highest region onearth and for this reason it is sometimes called the Roof of the World Most of the peoplein Tibet live at elevations ranging from 3900 feet to 16700 feet Tibet is also one of theworlds most isolated regions surrounded by the Himalayas on the south the KarakorumRange on the west and the Kunlun Mountains on the north Encarta 1The southern part of Tibet is situated entirely within the Himalayas and many ofthe worlds highest summits are located in the Himalayan chain which extends along Tibets southern frontier Among the peaks are Mount Everest29028 feet the worldslargest mountain Namcha Barwa25445 feet and Gurla Mandhata25354 feet TheKailas Range a chain of the Himalayas lies parallel to and north of the main chain andhas peaks of up to 22000 feet Between the Kailas Range and the main chain is a rivervalley that extends about 600 miles The Brahmaputra River known in Tibet as theYarlung Zangbo
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