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I'm looking for a GIS file of the borders of Tibet (specifically the Tibet-China border). Can anybody help me with that?

There seems to be some difference between the Chinese "Tibetan Autonomous Region" and what the various independence movements claim.
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Hans,

I found the following after a quick look on the Geography Network search engine:

http://www.asian.gu....rice.html#tibet

"Individual provinces are available separately for A$250 to $750 depending on their complexity, including several variant versions for the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province from various and varying sources."

1 : 1 000 000 resolution, WGS84 shapefile data with no usage constraints and available by ftp download.

Maybe worth an enquiry?

Hope this helps,

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Hmmmm... I was hoping there would be a free source <_< I don't actually have a budget for this...
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Hans,

There is a Tibetan GIS org set up at an American University ( maybe Yale??) I don't remember the details but the fellow behind it was at NACIS in 2005. They should have some information on this.

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Hans - is it the borders of the Tibetan autonomous region you want, or something more complex? I would just trace it from some more or less reliable source that you have handy.

I remember that military museum in Beijing that I went to, that had very good displays in English (which you can't count on in China), but a lot of them were maps and texts arguing why historically Tibet and Taiwan were integral parts of China...
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Hans - is it the borders of the Tibetan autonomous region you want, or something more complex? I would just trace it from some more or less reliable source that you have handy.


The thing is that the area claimed by the various "Free Tibet" groups is actually larger than the autonomous region (and also includes territory in other countries, such as India and Myanmar).

I think I'll stick with the border of the AR though, with a bit of luck I should have it somewhere digitally already (and if not, it's well documented)
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