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Shannan

Located on the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, Shannan Prefecture abuts Bhutan and India to the south. Covering an area of some 80,000 square km, it is home to the Tibetan, Han, Hui, Moinba and Lhoba ethnic groups. Tibetans occupy 98 percent of the total population.

As one of the major cradles of the Tibetan race, Shannan has a long history. It has 10 cultural relic sites subject to national protection, including the Tombs of Tibetan Kings, Samye Monastery, Changzhub Monastery, Zhatang Monastery, Jidui Tubo Tombs Group, Leshan Tomb, Lhagyali Imperial Palace Ruins, Namserling Manor, Gyiru Lhakang, as well as holy mountains and holy lakes.

Tsetang, also called Tsedang, the capital of Shannan region and the second largest town in this prefecture, is a small city with an elevation of 3,100 meters. For tourists, Tsetang is of interest mainly as a jumping board for exploring the Yarlung Valley. Furthermore, the town is the starting point for a trip to the sacred lake, Lhamo Lhatso, 115 km northeast of Tsetang. Tsetang has a population of about 52,000, clustered to the east around Gangpo Ri.

Samye MonasterySamye Monastery
Located on the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, Shannan Prefecture abuts Bhutan and India to the south. Covering an area of some 80,000 square km, it is home to the Tibetan, Han, Hui, Moinba and Lhoba ethnic groups. Tibetans occupy 98 percent of the total population. View More


Yongbulakang PalaceYongbulakang Palace
Yongbulakang is the earliest palace in Tibet. In order to explore the culture of the Tibet, it is necessary to visit Yongbulakang Palace.It is the first palace in Tibet. Yongbulakang can be found in the northeast of Tsedang. Yongbulakang was not simply the initial palace of Tibet but additionally one of the earliest constructions of Tibet. View More


Trandruk MonasteryTrandruk Monastery
Tradruk Temple (Changzhug Monastery), located on the south bank of Yalong River, is the earliest great geomantic temple after the Jokhang Temple, and the largest and most important of the surviving royal foundations in the Yarlung Valley. View More


Mindroling MonasteryMindroling Monastery
Mindroling Monastery belongs to one of the three major monasteries of the Nyingma, the Monastery covering a large area of over 100,000 square meters (approx. 119,599 square yards), situated to the east of Zanang River in the Zanang County. The monastery was originally built in the late 10th century and has been renovated several times. The monastery is known as its strict canon law and Attach great importance to the learning of Buddhist scriptures, astronomy, Tibetan lunar calendar, calligraphy, rhetoric, and Traditional Tibetan medicine. Therefore, it is called the First Learning Seat in Tibet. View More


The Tombs of Tibetan KingsThe Tombs of Tibetan Kings
The Tombs of Tibetan Kings is a large imperial graveyard with nine massifs in Chonggye County of Shannan Prefecture. Scattered all over Mure Mountain, nine recognizable mausoleums cover an area of 385 meters square. And there have the largest preserved imperial graveyard in Tibet. These variably sized earthen structures are the tombs of Tibetan kings who governed from the 7th to the 9th century. It is believed that statues of Songtsen Gampo, Sakyamuni and Avalokitesvara are in the tomb. View More


Lhamo LatsoLhamo Latso
Lhamo Latso means “lake of fairy’s soul” in Tibetan. Although, it is a small lake with an area of no more than 2 square kilometers (0.77 square miles), the lake is known as the Holy Lake. Lhamo Latso is an alpine lake in the shape of ellipse and located in the midst of mountains with an altitude of 5,100 meters (16,700 ft). The lake has a special position in Tibetan Buddhism reincarnation system and is credited with miraculous potential for oracles or prognostication of events. View More