Lhoka Travel Guide

Located on the south bank of the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, Lhokha(also called Shannan) region is known as the cradle of Tibetan Civilization. It's ever become the ruling center twice in the history of Tibet. The famous Tubo Regime (a historical period of Tibet) was derived from Lhokha's agricultural civilization.


Lhokha is a combination of natural and cultural scenery. It is favored greatly by nature. Here, you can find different types of scenes, snow-capped mountains and glaciers, fertile farmland and pastures, sacred mountains and lakes, historical relics, and simple folklore, all of which have formed a mysterious and wonderful picture.

The map of Lhoka in Tibet.
Lhoka Attractions

Lhoka (also known as Shannan and Tsedang) boasts a combination of natural and cultural scenery. Surrounded by majestic scenic spots, Lhoka never disappoints any tourist who comes here. From the legendary Lhamo La-tso Lake to the ancient tombs of the Tibetan kings, from the first monastery in Tibet - Samye Monastery to the first palace in Tibet - Yungbulakhang, every site is the best place for you to explore. Here is a complete list of attractions in Lhoka.

How to get to Lhoka
Lhoka is the birthplace of Tibetan people.

With the development of transportation, Shannan can be got by multiple means of transportation. Normally, there are two main ways for travelers to get to Shannan.

Fly to Shannan
The largest airport - Gonggar Airport is located in the Gonggar County of Shannan. It provides domestic and international flights. Travelers can get there from the following cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, Shanghai, Chongqing, Kunming, Shangri-La, Kathmandu, etc. After you arrive at the Gonggar Airport, you can take a private transfer to the tourist destination.

Drive to Shannan
Generally speaking, Lhasa is the first destination for tourists. After their arrival in Lhasa, they will spend several days touring in Lhasa, then head to other places. The distance between Lhasa and Tsedang is about 160km. Domestic travelers can take the daily shuttle transfer from Lhasa to Tsedang. While foreigners need to be arranged a private vehicle. The Airport High Express and S101 National Highway are the main roads for tourists. View more >>

Lhoka Weather
The hotels in Tsetang offer a wide range of choice

The main characteristic of Tsedang is the continental plateau climate. The annual temperature of Tsedang ranges from 5 to 8°C. The rainy season is from June to September, and it always rains at night. The rainfall in a whole year is about 450 millimeters.

The best time to visit Tsedang is from April to October. While if you want to visit some low altitude places such as Samye Monastery, Yungbulakang Palace and Yamdrok Lake, you can also go to Tsedang in winter. Summer is the ideal time for travelers because of the warm weather. The maximum temperature in the daytime is about 16 degrees, and the minimum temperature at night is about nine degrees. View more >>

Lhoka Travel Tips

Tip One: The history of Shannan can date back to the ancient Tibet time. In the past, Shannan is known as the Yapan which a name for a river. As the birthplace for Tibetan culture, Shannan was the center of the first Tibetan Empire.

Tip Two: The complex geographic environment shapes the unique terrain in Shannan. With lower terrain in the north and east, Shannan enjoys majestic landscape. Grand mountains, tranquil lakes, deep valleys, and running rivers spread from the south to the east, which makes Shannan more mysterious and attractive.

Tip Three: Shannan is famous for the soft jade in Qonggyai County, Pulu and textile products in Jedexoi, traditional Tibetan incense, Thangka, Tibetan Opera mask and so on.

Tip Four: Currently, most tourist will get to Tsedang directly for better accommodation as it's the capital of Lhoka prefecture.

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