According to the People's Republic of China, Tibet is a "Special Adminstrative Region" of the PRC, meaning that Tibet is Chinese Territory in the same way that Hong Kong and Macau are. However, Tibetans consider themselves a separate political entity. Located to the Southwest of China, Tibet features rugged terrain (including Mount Everest) and harsh climates. Tibet is the original home of the exiled Dalai Lama, and is a major religious site for Buddhists. Recently, Tibet has been rocked by violence, as riots opposing Chinese encroachment intensify.