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Tibet Autonomous Region

Location: Situated in the southwest of China.

Area: 122,00 sq km

Climate: Tibetan winters, as might be supposed, are fiercely cold. But for half the year, strong sunlight warms the thin air, making most days in Lhasa comfortably mild and, owing to protective mountains, relatively windless. Summer temperatures hover above 30'C (high-80s F) and only to drop to a searing -23'C (-10'F) in midwinter. The best time to visit is from late spring to early fall.

provincial capital: Lhasa

Population: 2.62 millions (March 2001)

Ethnic groups: Tibetan,Han

Agriculture: The development of agriculture and animal husbandry has been given top priority in the Tibetan economy. Tibet's production levels of agriculture and animal husbandry rose greatly. Since 1980, the government has imposed no levies on farmers and herdsmen, with both agricultural and livestock taxes exempted. Introduction of modern tools for production and the application of science and technology have boosted overall production.

Industry: Modern industry started after the democratic reform. In 1965, 80 industrial enterprises were established in Tibet. Employing some 10,000 people, they covered the building, power, motor vehicle repair, lumber, tanning, borax and coal industries. The total industrial output value reached 28.83 million yuan that year. The government has paid close attention to the development of local handicrafts.

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