With a population or about 50,000, it is an important trading and administrative center.
 Get in
Located at the intersection of several highways, the city of Xigatse is positioned on the Friendship Hwy. Buses and Mini-buses travel the distance from Lhasa. There is public transportation to Gyantse, Lhatse, Sakya, Dromo, Gampa and Khangmar on a semi-regular basis.
Shigatse Peace Airport is 45 km away from Shigatse city.
Shigatse will also be connected with railway, currently under construction, set to open in 2014.
 Get around
All sites of interest are within easy walking distance. Auto-rickshaws are also available.
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Travelers' checks (but not credit cards) can be used to access cash at the The Bank of China branch near the Shigatse Hotel.
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Lots of restaurants around Samdup Hotel
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Accommodation in Xigatse is more expensive than in Lhasa and there are only a few budget options.
 Mid range
 Get out
Xigatse is one of the best places in Tibet to pick up a travel permit, issued at the police station with only an hour or two of waiting. The permit is valid for anyplace in Xigatse Prefecture that you specify. That allows you to go up to the border with Nepal. Interesting places to visit in Xigatse Prefecture include Sakya, Gyantse, Mount Everest, and Tingri.