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
This is a tour of exploring the Tibetan culture. You can visit all the influential monasteries, palaces, temples in Yarlung Valley, which is considered as “the cradle of Tibetan civilization”. You can also see Tibetan incense and engraving workshops in Nyemo County – the birthplace of Tibetan language.
This classic journey will offer you a great chance to explore the central Tibet tour, take you to visit the three biggest old cities in Tibet. After visiting Lhasa, it will extend the your way toward west to Gyantse and Shigatse for visiting the glamorous turquoise color lake Yamdrok, breathtaking Karola Glacier, and marvelous Tashilhunpo Monastery.