Where’s Tibet?

Situated  between longitudes 78 degrees 24′ and 104 degrees 47′ East and latitudes 26 degrees 2′ and 40 degrees 3′ north Tibet lies within the heart of the Asian continent. It is a huge country of some 2.7 million square km with an average altitude of 4000m above sea level which forms the major part of the highest mountain ranges on earth, the Himalayan-Hindu Kush region. It is an incredibly sensitive environment providing a stunning collection of diverse habitats, wildlife and climatic regions ranging from high cold steppe; montane deserts; tropical montane forests; and alpine meadows. Tibet is also the source of several of Asia’s great rivers including, the Mekong, Bramaputra, Yangstse, and Indus; all of which are fed by an average rainfall of 100 mm in the north of the country to over 1000 mm in the Southeast.


Look  in most atlases today and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the  name ‘Tibet’,  while the other territories have been removed completely by the vast majority of cartographers. Tibet itself usually features as the truncated geo-political creation, named by communist China as ”Tibet Autonomous Region’. Closer inspection will reveal that former Tibetan place-names such as Shigatse have been changed to more Chinese-sounding Xigatse. This is no accident. An appalling appeasement in 1977. by the United Nations to agree the use of Chinese Pin Yin to replace Romanized Tibetan place-names on maps and atlases, contributed greatly to presenting the fallacious assertion that Tibet was ‘part of China’. This duplicity has been forceful promoted by Communist China’s regime, which has a ‘Geographical Place-Names Committee’, whose task is to invent Chinese place-names to replace those in areas such as Tibet and East Turkestan. It is  part of a deliberate attempt to present Tibet as a bona fide part of China. Sadly, some leading western map publishers and geographical institutions are actively assisting this deception by publishing Sino-cised maps of Tibet. Even the respected National Geographic seems willing to promote this fiction and despite several appeals appears unwilling to show Tibet as a distinct territory in its publications. https://tibettruth.com/2011/06/14/national-geographic-under-pressure-for-wiping-tibet-off-the-map/

7 thoughts on “Where’s Tibet?”

  1. I’m not surprised about National Geographic. In the 1970’s when Galen Rowell was starting out as a freelance photo journalist he got his first big assignment from National Geographic to do an assay on Tibet. However the magazine refused to accept his first submission. They were concerned that the reality of his photos would upset some of NG’s very huge corporate sponsors in China.
    It wasn’t until Mr. Rowell’s 3rd submission when any thing that might hint of the destruction and cultural genocide China had and was committing in Tibet was eliminated would NG buy the article.
    Galen Rowell later said that he felt like he had sold his soul. And from then on decided to devote his life and energy to supporting the Tibetan cause.

  2. I agree with Tibettruth’s assessment of Bruce Horne’s comment regarding National Geographic’s thinking. It is extremely frustrating to find almost all maps and atlases put out these days have followed suit. I consider myself extremely lucky that I still possess (and frequently use!) a very old Encyclopedia Brittanica atlas that boldly shows Tibet as Tibet. It also features an East/West Germany (Cold War era), and contains markings all over Europe, Poland, etc. indicating how those nations were divided up by Hitler during World War II! An invaluable resource at times.

    1. Those who love Tibet will always know where Tibet is located, geographically, on our planet. More importantly, the old, true Tibet will always be found in our hearts.

  3. Separating Tibet from China will help India to secure its borders as there is no difference in Tibet and India, it is just like one nation similar to Nepal and India. No VISA required for Tibetans to enter in India similarly for Indians to enter in Tibet as the cultural values are same. Also after separation of Tibet from China, Indian Military deployment on the borders will be eliminated as there is no need to secure Indian borders from China.

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