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Best Places to See in Tibet
There are so many sights to visit in Tibet. But with only several days there,we highly recommend some of the must visit ones for you to choose in order to plan your trip to Tibet.
The Potala Palace
Although it was first constructed in the 7th century, the Potala Palace was almost totally destroyed by fire in a thunder-storm. During the rule of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century, large-scale reconstruction began on the original site. Renovation of sorts was carried out by several of the successive Dalia Lama, but never on a scale as that which took place during the last few years. The present architectural group covers 41 hectares of land and consists chiefly of the 13-storeyed,117-meter-tall red and white palaces, towering over the city of Lhasa from a mountain top. Its imposing scale and unique style make it the symbol of Tibet. As the official residence of the Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace was representative of the region’s former theocracy. Aside from that, it is also the site of an art museum and a treasure house of historical documents.
Namtso means Heaven Lake or Scared Lake in Tibetan.At the juncture of Damxung County and Nagqu Prefecture,it is 4,718 meters above sea level.Being 700 kilometers from east to west and 30 kilometers from south to north.,it covers an area of 1,920 square kilometers.It is the second largest salt-water lake in China next to Qinghai Lake.The three islands in the lake are habitats of wild ducks in late spring and early summer.Then their eggs can be found everywhere.The vast shore of the lake is a natural pasture with glossy grass and plenty water.By the lake flocks of wild yaks,blue sheep,hare and other wild animals play and look for food.Also the lake is rich in alpine fishes without scale or with small scales.The lake is a good place for sightseeing.
Mt Everest Base Camp
Most hikers who go to the base camp area begin walking from the main Shigatse-Nepal highway,11 kilometres west of the checkpost,itself several kilometres beyond the turn-off to New Tinggri.Two hundred metres past kilometre stone 494 is a small bridge,and just after this a dirt road leading off to the left.This is the beginning of the trek.The first village,Che,is reached after an hour's walk.From here it is possible to see the road winding its way ahead to the 5,200-metre Pang La Pass.By staying to the right side of the valley it is possible to take a short cut,saving precious energy during the ascent.
The trek is taxing. If you are not fit and well acclimatized,do not attempt it.Plan one four days of walking to reach base camp from the main highway,althought it can be done more quickly.Above all,attempt this trek only if you are well equipped and able to bring enough food to remain self-sufficient for eight to ten days.
A second,less well-known route to the base camp begins at Tinggri,marked by kilometre stone 542.It is a more difficult walk but has several advantages:fewer foreigners,more wildlife,greener valleys and a greater likelihood of finding and hiring yaks for transport.A good plan might be to enter the Mt Everest region from Tinggri West and leave via the Rongbuk Valley back to kilometre stone 494.Unneeded equipment can be stored at New Tinggri or the checkpost.
After Tinggri West,the only places where it is possible to stay with Tibetan families are Lung-djo and Tzam-bu.The route is marked here and there with stone animal enclosures,which can be used for shelter,and the occasional nomad camp.Winds can be fierce,and temperatures extremely cold.Flooding in the late spring makes crossing rivers dangerous.Use bridges if at all possible.Yaks capable of carrying two heavy backpacks can occasionally be hired at Lung-djo
Shigatse, also Xigatse, means "fertile land" and stands at the junction of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu River. It is the second biggest city in Tibet, situated at the altitude of 12,600 ft. It is the famous city for its great Tashilhunpo Monastery - the seat of the Panchen Lama, who is regarded as the reincarnation of the Buddha of Endless Enlightenment. Items of interest inside this monastery built in 1447 by the First Dalai Lama are: the relics of Sakyamuni, the Hall of Maitreya, and a incredible collection of thankas, frescoes and statues. There is also a dynamic 'free' market where one can buy local handicraft embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan Daggers, Chinese pottery and yak butter. Since it is the second biggest city of Tibet, it is the center for transportation and distribution of agriculture and other products.
Tsedang (Zetang) is the birthplace of earliest Tibetans and the political and economical centre of Shangnan prefecture. It sits on the south bank in the middle section of the Yarlung Tsangbo River with a moderate climate at an altitude of 3,600 meters.
The nearby Yarlung River scenic area is a national scenic park with Samye Monastery, Yumbu Lhakang Palace, burial site for Tsampos and Traduk Monastery spotting the region. It is located between two mountain ranges at the northern side of Himalayas, to the south of Nyanchen Tanggula mountains, just by the Yalong Zangbu river, with land area over 800,000 square kilometers. The Yalong river flows from the south through the area and empty itself into Yalong zangbu river, hence the Yalong river formed a huge river delta at its end when it merges into another.
Mt. Kailash alias "Jewels of Snow" as Tibetan call, is the most sacred mountain in Asia, situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier in Tibet (China) It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty with 4 great faces. It is the ultimate pilgrimage site for four devotee of Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-Bono. Hindu pilgrims believe that salvation could be attained and all their earthly sins be cleansed once they devoutly circumambulate Mt. Kailash and take a ritual bath in the glacial waters of Lake Manasarovar. Lord Shiva both the creator and destroy of life is believed by Hindus to reside in this holy mountain.