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Tibet Autonomous Region

Tibet Autonomous Region
ChineseName西藏自治区
PinyinXīzàng Zìzhìqū
EnglishNameTibet Autonomous Region
Xizang Autonomous Region
LocalName 
LocalTranscription1Bod-rang-skyong-ljongs
LocalLanguage1Tibetan
LocalLanguage2Tibetan
DesignatedMinorityTibetan
Header  (Tibetan)
Bod-rang-skyong-ljongs (Wylie)
西藏自治区 (Chinese)
Xīzàng Zìzhìqū (Pinyin)
Tibet Autonomous Region
NameTibet
MapLabelTibet Autonomous Region is highlighted on this map
Abbreviation
AbbrevPinyinZàng
ISOAbbrev54
MapSize275px
FlagFichier:Flag of Tibet.svg
OriginOfNameFrom word Tibat of disputed origin.
AdministrationTypeAutonomous region
CapitalLhasa
LargestCityLhasa
Official LanguagesTibetan, Chinese
SecretaryZhang Qingli
GovernorPadma Choling
Area Km21228400
AreaRank2nd
Latitude27° 18' to 36° 29' N
Longitude78° 55' to 99° 07' E
PopYear2010
Pop3,002,166
PopRank31st
PopDensity Km22.2
PopDensityRank33rd
GDPYear2009
GDP44.1 billion
GDPRank32nd
GDPperCapita15,141
GDPperCapitaRank28th
HDIYear2008
HDI0.630
HDIRank31st
HDICatmedium
Nationalities92.8% Tibetan
6.1% Han
0.3% Hui
0.3% Monpa
0.2% others
Prefectures7
Counties73
Townships692
Websitehttp://www.xizang.gov.cn/

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The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Tibet or Xizang for short, also called the Xizang Autonomous Region ( ; ) is a province-level autonomous region of the People's Republic of China (PRC), created in 1965.

Within the People's Republic of China, Tibet is identified with the Autonomous Region, which includes about half of ethno-cultural Tibet, including the traditional provinces of Ü-Tsang and the western half of Kham. The borders of the present Autonomous Region coincide roughly with the actual zone of control of the then-government of Tibet in 1950. The Tibet Autonomous Region is the second-largest province-level division of China by area, spanning over 1200000 km2 (463322.6 sqmi), after Xinjiang, and due to its generally harsh terrain, is the least densely populated provincial-level division of the PRC.


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