Tsetang Region-Yarlung Valley, Tibetan Culture Cradle
Simple introduction about Tsetang-Tibet
Full Name: Shannan Region-Tsetang Region
Area: 79,700 square kilometers (30,772 square miles)
Administrative Division: 12 counties (Nedong, Dranang, Gonggar, Sangri, Chonggye, Qusum, Comai, Lhuntse, Gyatsa, Lhuntse, Cona, Nanggarze)
Seat of the Regional Government: 9, Naidong Lu, Tsedang Town, Nedong County
China Post Shannan Branch: 10, Naidong Lu, Tsedang Town, Nedong County
Location: Lying in southern Tibet, Shannan Region is bordered by Lhasa in the north and in the neighborhood of Shigatse and Nyingchi regions in the west and east. Its south boundary is with India and Bhutan.
Shannan Region Climate: Enjoying a semi-dry continental plateau climate, Shannan Region has four vague seasons with an annual average temperature of 5-8? (41-46.4?). During the rainy season from June to September, rain usually falls at night which is a salient characteristic of the weather in this plateau area.
Tsetang Highlight Attraction and Travel guide
Tsetang, in the center of the Yarlung valley between the Himalayan and Gangdise belts, is one of the largest cities in Tibet. Tsetang is 183 km southeast of Lhasa in Nedong County of Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region of China (TAR). Tsetang has been the capital of Yarlung since ancient times and it was the seat of the ancient emperors of Tibet thus it played a big role in the history. In the 19th century it is said to have some 1,000 houses, a bazaar, a gompa and a fort. This tells why Tsetang is regarded as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Tourists travelling in this region can take visit to Samye Monastery which is on the bank of Yarlung River, Yumbulagang known as Yungbulakang Palace, Tramdruk Monastery, and Chimpu hermitages. One of the highlights for visiting Tsetang is that tourists can have some unique hiking experience. With a beautiful hiking through the green bushes in the natural amphitheatre valley, from the newly constructed Chimpu nunnery, tourists can start a short hiking through the solitary caves and tiny trail amidst the thorn bushes, then they can interact with devoted Yogis or Meditative Retreats in their caves, up from the terrace it offers a spectacular view of the Brahmaputra valley below. However to travel here, Tibet travel permits such as Alien’s travel permit and Tibet entry permits are necessary.
Special Local Products: Tibetan incense, Tibetan Thangka (religious painting), golden, silver and jade ornaments, hanging carpet, Tibetan Opera mask, Gyatsa walnut