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Shigatse (or Xigatse) means "the fertile land" in Tibetan for it sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo and Nyainchu River. Located at an average elevation in range of 3840 meters to 4464 meters, Shigatse is one of the world's highest cities and has the most comprehensive natural landscapes in Tibet, from vast plateau pasture and beautiful cultivated fields to subtropic forest and grand snow-covered mountains, most famed one of which is the world's highest mount, Mt. Everest. Shigatse has a history going back more than 600 years and it is this ancient holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. So Shigatse is also rich in historical sites, such as the 600 year-old majestic Tashilhunpo Monastery.

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