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Tibetan Plateaus


The Tibetan Plateaus includes Tibet, Qinghai and western Sichuan and lie most above 3,000 meters.

Tibet, Qinghai and western Sichuan lie most above 3,000 meters. Barley, buckwheat and some wheat are grown in the southeastern valleys, while raising yaks, sheep, goats and horses is widespread in Qinghai and western Tibet.

Traditional trade routes from Tibet to Nepal and India closed in 1949, have only recently been reopened. Rich mineral deposits are only beginning to be discovered and exploited. Poor communication routes to inner China have helped to make this the poorest region in the country.


Population density is low, there are few urban centers, the most of the population is non-Han. Besides the large Tibetan population, the minorities include Hui, Lhoba, Moinba, Qiang, Sala and Tu.

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