With a population or about 50,000, it is an important trading and administrative center.
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. It is the hub of Tibet transport to Nepal and India.
All sites of interest are within easy walking distance. Auto-rickshaws are also available.
Linka Festival in Xigatse has been a custom for Tibetan people. This custom has a lot to do with the climate, the environment and the living condition of high land. People walk outdoors during the first day to the fifteenth of May in Tibetan months. They travel to Linka, a beautiful place abundant with trees and flowers, and thus, the festival is gradually formed.
Travelers' checks (but not credit cards) can be used to access cash at the The Bank of China branch near the Shigatse Hotel.
Lots of restaurants around Samdup Hotel
Accommodation in Xigatse is more expensive than in Lhasa and there are only a few budget options.
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.
By Train,There is a train from Bejing to Lhasa. There is a branch from Lhasa to Shigatse, just recently completed. By Air, Shigatse has an airport nearby, the flight is from Shigatse to Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. By road to Kathmandu, Shigatse is on the way of travelling from Lhasa to Kathmandu, it takes about 10 hours driving,484km to the Nepal border from Shigatse. By road to Lhasa,280km, 4 hours driving.