Gyantse county is subordinate to Shigatse of Tibet autonomous region. It is located in the south of Tibet, the east of Shigatse and the upper reaches of Nyang Chu River. The average altitude of Gyantse is about 4,000 meters, with a total area of 3,771 square kilometers. It is one of the famous historical and cultural cities in China, as well as a new tourist town.
Gyantse means "top of the fortress of victory" in Tibetan. The city has the title of "hero city" in history. It is one of the few places that has little influence from modern society. It attracts thousands of tourists from home and abroad with its simple and ancient charm. It is famous for legendary history, splendid and unique culture, and stunning scenery. There are many famous attractions in Gyantse.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery is one of the must-see attractions in Tibet. It is the only monastery where the three major sects of Tibetan Buddhism gather.Yamdrok Lake is a very representative attraction in Tibet. It is one of the great three holy lakes in Tibet with stunning scenery. Gyantse Dzong is another beautiful scenery of Gyantse tourism. You can climb to the top of Gyantse Dzong to enjoy a panoramic view of Gyantse old town.
Recommended Tour Itineraries in Gyantse Prefecture
The first station is to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest inland and salt lake in China. Then take the train from Xining to Lhasa, which will take you around 22 hours. You can enjoy the most beautiful landscape of Qinghai-Tibet Railway along the way. Short stay in Lhasa, you will visit Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery.
You won’t feel boring on Shanghai-Lhasa train (No. Z164) even though it takes you 46:24 hours and covers 4373km. You can watch the stunning scenery outside of the window as well as enjoying the happy time with other friendly passengers in the same coach. After arriving in Lhasa, you will visit the significant attractions by following the Lhasa- Gyantse-Shigatse route.
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