Shigatse, In order to appreciate the spectacularity of 'the third pole', ambitious people come here from a great distance desiring to realize the dream of challenging the utmost limits of human being. And that is the charm of Everest. It is the pride of Shigatse that has become one of the most charming tourist attractions in Tibet.
Shigatse is 254km south-west of Lhasa, one of the least Chinese influenced towns in Tibet and is worth a visit for this reason alone. The town's principal attractions are the Gyantse Kumbum, a magnificent tiered structure that has only one ruined and remote contemporary (at Jonang, 60km north (Ceast of Lhastse ) in the Buddhist world, Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Dzong, It is easy to spend a couple of days in Gyantse. As a 500-year-old cultural city located 3,800 meters above sea level, Shigatse is the headquarters of the Panchen Erdeni, also it's the second largest city of Tibet, Located to the north of the world-renowned Mt. Everest. There are many ancient temples in Shigatse, such as Sakya, Baiju, Shalu, and Tashihunpo, where the giant bronze statue of Buddha of Qiangba (Maitreya) is enshrined.
Located in the southwest of the confluence of Transpo River and its tributary, just as decribed as the Fertile Land in Tibetan language, its agriculture and animal husbandry now plays an important role in Southwest Tibet. It is a city full of hotels and inns, where people traveling from Lhasa to Nepal, or from Nepal to Lhasa have to stay overnight.
The most attractive in Shigatse is Tashilhumpo monastery, which was the seat of Panchen Lama, who was equally important as Dalai Lama. Stupa of the 10th Panchen Lama who died in 1989 was kept here.