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Lhoka(Shannan) area is located in the south of the Gangdise Mountains and the Nianqing Tanggula Mountains. It borders Lhasa to the north, Shigatse to the west, Nyingchi to the east, and India and Bhutan on the south. Lhoka is one of the cradles of ancient Tibetan civilization. It is the region with the deepest historical and cultural origin and the most developed agricultural civilization in Tibet. There are no fancy buildings here, no bustling cities. But the stunning scenery here will never disappoint visitors. It has the first palace, the first Tibetan King, the first farmland, the first village in Tibetan history. And Lhoka is also a paradise for religious people.

The humanity landscape and the natural landscape gather here. Walking into Lhoka, you can enjoy majestic glaciers, sacred mountains, holy lakes, rivers, ancient temples, monuments, and other landscapes. Take a glance of the most famous attractions:

Samye Monastery
It often called "the first temple in Tibet" and was built around the middle of the 8th century.
Yungbulagang Palace
It was the first palace in Tibet's history, dating back more than 2,100 years.
Lhamo Latso
This lake has magic power in Tibetan Buddhism. And Tibetan Buddhists believe that they can see their past lives and present lives from this lake.
Phuma Yumtso
It is a saltwater lake in the Himalayas with the stunning scenery. It is said that it was blessed by Padmasambhava and had a divine aura.
Chimpuk Hermitage
Located 15km northeast of Samye Monastery, it is a sacred place in the hearts of many Tibetans.

Samye Monastery is a good place for monks to study. If you travel there, you may have a chance to observe the monks‘ study and feel all the ritual and their sincerity.

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery is deservedly the most popular destination for travelers in Shanna. Surrounded by barren mountains and dramatic sand dunes and a beautiful river crossing the monastery.

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The most mysterious Tibetan lake Lhamo La-tso.

Lhamo La-tso

Lhamo La-tso

Located in the east of Shannan prefecture, Lhamo La-tso plays an important role in Tibetan Buddhism. It is said that it is the best place for Buddhists to predict the reincarnation of the Living Buddha. The best time to visit Lhamo La-tso is from May to October.

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Yumbu means doe, lagang means holy palace.

Yumbulagang Palace

Yumbulagang Palace

Yumbulagang Palace(Yungbulakang Palace) is considered the oldest building in Tibet, which is a remarkably impressive sight, with a lovely setting. The founding of Yumbulagang Palace stretches back into legend and myth.

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Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, having been founded at the same time as the Jokhang Monastery and Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa.

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It's said Yamalung Hermitage is where the great Indian guru Padmasambawa ever practiced here.

Yamalung Hermitage

Yamalung Hermitage

It is possible to head up the valley directly behind Samye Monastery to the Yamalung Hermitage, around 20km from Samye.

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Gongkar Chode Monastery is one of the famous Sakya monasteries near Lhasa.

Gongkar Chode Monastery

Gongkar Chode Monastery

Gongkar Chode Monastery was built in 1464. It belongs to the Zung branch of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. It located on a hill top cliff in the Gonggar Valley, on the Lhasa Gonggar Airport road to the south of the main road, 75km from Lhasa.

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Only wild flowers and stone lions accompany those Tibetan kings of the past.

Chongye Burial Mounds

Chongye Burial Mounds

Chongye Burial Mounds, Tombs of the Kings at Chongye, or Tibetan Kings’Tombs, represent one of the few historical sites that give any evidence of a pre-Buddhist culture in Tibet.

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It is said that the Phuma Yumtso was blessed by Padmasambhava and thus had a divine aura.

Phuma Yumtso

Phuma Yumtso

Phuma Yumtso seems that a jasper fell into the earth and turned into a lake. Standing on the shore, you will see in the distance the snow-capped mountains, the primitive villages on the bank, and the sacred and legendary temples on the cliff.

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Dratang Monastery

Dratang Monastery

Dratang Monastery

About 48km east of Gongkar airport is the turn-off to the 11th-century Dratang Monastery(扎塘寺), located 2km off the main road in the Drannang Valley. This small Sakyapa monastery of only eight monks is of interest mainly to art specialists for its rare murals, which combine Indian and inner Asian styles.

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With the altitude of 4,300m, Chim-puk Hermitage has become a hot place for meditation.

Chim-puk Hermitage

Chim-puk Hermitage

Chim-puk Hermitage (青朴寺) is a warren of caves northeast of Samye that was once a medication retreat for Guru Rinpoche.

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This ancient aristocratic manor is protected well by the government.

Namseling Manor

Namseling Manor

Namseling Manor is a well preserved manor which was built in the Ming Dynasty. It is now an important cultural relics site of the Shannan Prefecture.

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