Yampachen Hot Springs

Yampachen (also spelled Yangbajing or Yangbajain) is a small town lying in Yampachen Valley in Lhasa Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region in western China. The Yampachen Valley is a long and narrow graben basin which covers an area of about 450 square kilometers. It is about 90 kilometers long and less than 10 kilometers wide. The mountains standing around the valley are 5500-6000 meters above the sea level. There are modern glaciers on the top of these mountains and relics of the ancient glaciers in the valley.

Located at approximately 4500 meters above sea level, the town is famous for its geothermal resources that produce much of the electricity for the capital Lhasa. It is also famous as a hot spring resort. Many tourists came here for its hot springs. The town lies just south of the Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, in an upland lush green valley surrounded by the tents of nomads with grazing yak and sheep populating the hillside. It is very interesting to view the snow-capped mountains while bathing in the hot springs.

Yambajan Hot Springs - Yampachen hot springs of high mineral contents are said to be able to cure many disease. It is easy and relaxed to take a bath in the hot spring. Here are various hot springs, including the fountain, geyser, hot spring, boiling spring and so on. Tourists could choose to bath in an indoor hot spring or an outdoor hot spring.

Yambajan Temple - The temple is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery founded around 1504 by the 4th Shamarpa. It is historically the seat of the Shamarpas of Karma Kagyü and the Yangbajing International Cosmic Ray Observatory. It is about 85 km southeast of Lhasa "on the northern side of the Lhorong Chu valley above the Lhasa-Shigatse highway. The temple is the ending point of the famous Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek tour.

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