Tibet is home to the world's tallest mountains, with several of them making the top ten list. Mount Everest, at 29,029 ft, is the highest mountain above sea level, located on the border with Nepal.
Although traditionally, Western (European and American) sources have regarded Tibet as being in Central Asia. Today's maps show a trend toward considering all of modern China, including Tibet, to be part of East Asia
The Tibetan people (Tibetan: བོད་པ། ; Chinese: 藏族 ; pinyin: Zàng Zú) are indigenous to Tibet and surrounding areas. These areas include Central Asia in the North and West to Myanmar and China Proper in the East and India, Nepal and Bhutan to the south.
Numbering 5.4 million, they are the 10th largest of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China.
Tibet’s national literature has both religious, sudo-spiritual and secular elements. While the religious texts are well-known, Tibet has the semi-spiritual Gesar Epic. This is the longest epic in the world and is enjoyed by people in Mongolia and Central Asia too.
The Bathing Festival is deeply rooted in the old religions and also contains foreign influences. Each person takes part in the Bathing Festival three times in their life: at birth, at marriage, and at death. It is traditionally believed that people should not bathe casually, but only on the most important occasions.
With the invasion of Tibet in 1950 and the subsequent Seventeen Point Agreement, the PRC Central People's Government asserted control over Tibet. In 1959, some ethnic Tibetans throughout much of the region attempted to revolt against CPG rule, but this attempt was promptly defeated by the PLA, and in the ensuing violence, the Dalai Lama and the rest of his government fled to Dharamsala.