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Lhasa

Place of the Deity

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  • General Information

    Common Name: Lasha
    Other Name: Sunshine City, District: Tibet, State: Southwest China, China
    Area: 53 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: Tibetan language,Mandarin.
    Long Distance Code: +86891
    Importance: Lasha is considered as the spiritual center of Tibet.
    Best Time to Visit: May to July and April
    International Access: Linke to Mainland China by Railways.
  • Description

    Lhasa - Lhasa is the main city within Lhasa Prefecture and is also the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The three major sites of Lhasa relate to the religious as well as political history of Tibet.
  • Location

    Lhasa is located at the foot of Mount Gephel.
  • Climate

    Mild Weather
Because the monastery is located at the highest part of Chamdo Town, you can have a bird view of the whole county, where the roaring Lantsang River converges Ngom Qu River and Tsarchu Rivers.

Chamdo is the gateway between Sichuan and Tibet, and so is an important trading center. The Monastery, too, engaged in trade. It distributed its profits equally among the monks in the form of daily necessities such as butter, "tsampa" (barley flour), brick tea etc. At the end of the year, the monastery equally distributed all the left profits. Chambaling Monastery was similar to other major Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, with the well-reserved statues, frescos and Tangkas (Buddhist paintings). As one of the three leading temples in "old" Tibet, it took up a great amount of land and hired bondmen. But all "abbot", "kanbu" and "Living Buddaha" could not live luxury life according to the rules. The monastery stands high on the mountain, all Buddhas had to go down to the river and carry water to the monastery. There were twenty-two big bronze pots, each containing more than 100 barrels of water. Everyday, the residents living around carried drinking water to the monastery to support 2500 Buddha's daily life.

Because the monastery is located at the highest part of Chamdo Town, you can have a bird view of the whole county, where the roaring Lantsang River converges Ngom Qu River and Tsarchu Rivers.

Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, Potala Palace is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa, Tibet. Destroyed by lightning and war, Potala Palace had been rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. Since then, Potala Palace has become the seat of Dalai Lamas and also the political center of Tibet. The thirteenth Dalai Lama extended it to the present size, 117 meters (384 ft) in height and 360 meters (1,180 ft) in width, covering an area of more than 130, 000 sq meters (about 32 acres). Mainly comprised by the White Palace (administerial building) and the Red Palace (religious building), Potala Palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks.
Located in the southwest of Rawok in Baxoi of Chamdo prefecture, 90km from the Baima County, Ranwu Lake is the main supply of Palong Tsangpo, a branch of The Yalu Tsangpo River. The lake has an area of 22,000 square kilometers, at an altitude of 3,850 meters, with length 26 km and width 1 to 5 km. In the north, it is the famous Lagu glacier, extending to the lake. Every time the ice melts, the water flows into the river, keeping the lake water abundant. Southeast is the Gangri Garpo, Ahzhagongla glacier in the south and Boshula Mountains in the northeast. Thawed snow is the cause of the Palong Tsangpo river (a branch of The Yalu Tsangpo River) with rocks and small islands in the river. By the lake are the verdant grassland and plants in harmony with the blue lake and snowy mountains. The narrow Arm-tso Lake winds its way about ten thousand miles westward into a valley. The lake water appears different colors in different seasons, from aquamarine to turquoise.

The scenery is beautiful all the year round. In the morning and evening especially, it looks like a dreamland.

The Yaluzhangbu Grand Canyon is a world-class scenic spot in Tibet and it is of the same significance as the Potala Palace and Zhumulangma. Used to be a treacherous canyon hidden in inner Tibet, it has been "rediscovered" today as a new and challenging tourist destination in the east of the world.

In the ancient Tibetan language "Yaluzhangbu" means the water flowing down from the summit. The Yaluzhangbu Grand Canyon, covered with ice and snow, embraces the mountains and peaks in the Najiaba Peak area. It constitutes a passage for the moisture from the Indian Ocean to the inner mountainous region which helps make the southeast of the Qinghai - Tibet Plateau a piece of green oasis.

The Grand Canyon has a total length of 496 km, ranking the first in the world. The average much depth of the canyon is about 5, 000 meters and the deepest point down to 5, 382 meters, which is deeper than that of Kelka Canyon of Peru and Colorado Canyon of the US. The canyon area encompasses the Pailong Village of the Nyingchi County, the Pai Village of the Milin County and the County of Motuo. The marvelous tourist attractions include the Grand Canyon, the Great Yaluzhangbu Turning, the Peak of the Nanjiabawa, the Peak of the Jialabailei, the tropical forest and the folk customs of the Menba and Luoba People.

The canyon boasts the most abundant and complex mountainous ecological type in the world. From the bottom at some hundred meters above the sea level to the top of the Nanjiabawa Peak (7, 787 meters), there spread the distinct ecological systems ranging from tropical to systems only seen in Polar Regions. The rare species include "the living fossil" - the fern erne tree, the moss, the Yunnan iron cedar, the giant boa, the Bangladesh tiger, the long - leaf tail monkey and the bear monkey etc. In 1994 the scientist from the Chinese Academy of Science for the first time advanced that it is the largest canyon in the world, which has been evidenced later by the GPS measuring in October and November 1998. On the 10th of October that year the State Council of China officially entitled it "the Yaluzhangbu Grand Canyon".