The second largest city in Tibet and capital of Shigatse prefecture, Shigatse is also the second most important trade center in Tibet, lying as it does on the ancient caravan route from Lhasa to west Tibet. It was one of the first Tibetan towns to be visited by westerners, because of its proximity to India.
Shigatse has been the traditional home of the Panchen Lama since the 16th century. Today there are two proclaimed Panchen Lamas, one designated by the Chinese and one by the Dalai Lama. The boy designated by the Dalai Lama has since disappeared. The highlight of Shigatse is the Tashilhunpo Monastery.
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2013