Shigatse:

tashilunpoShigatse, also Xigatse, means "fertile land" and stands at the junction of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu River . It is the second biggest city in Tibet , situated at the altitude of 12,600 ft. It is the famous city for its great Tashilhunpo Monastery – the seat of the Panchen Lama, who is regarded as the reincarnation of the Buddha of Endless Enlightenment.

Items of interest inside this monastery built in 1447 by the First Dalai Lama are: the relics of Sakyamuni, the Hall of Maitreya, and a incredible collection of thankas, frescoes and statues. There is also a dynamic ‘free’ market where one can buy local handicraft embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan Daggers, Chinese pottery and yak butter. Since it is the second biggest city of Tibet , it is the center for transportation and distribution of agriculture and other products.