a prosperous Buddhism city as it is the traditional seat of the
Panchen Lama. In the past it was the most important political and
cultural center of Tsang. A series of majestic buildings added
strength to its political status. Nowadays, these buildings, the
former symbols of power, have been converted into tourist highlights
of the city. These cultural relics, especially the monasteries, with
their mystery and rich holy color tell the history of Shigatse and
show the status of Buddhism in people's lives. In addition to the
cultural relics, the area occupies a charming high-plateau land with
attractive natural beauty. The complex landscape of this region endows
it with various natural tourism resources. Many special types of
natural scenery like Mount Qomolangma (Mt. Everest), the world's
highest peak and other snow-capped high peaks add much charm to this
Shigatse Heping Airport
is located in Jiangdang Township, Shigatse Region, about 43
kilometers to downtown area.
The nearest train
station is in Lhasa.
There are many options
heading to Shigatse from Lhasa.
Dozens of monasteries in the
region give this land heavy religious atmosphere. In Shigatse City,
the resplendent Tashihunpo Monasterybuilt in 1447 is the most
attractive building. It lies in the northwest of thecity. The shining
golden roofs and bright red walls contribute to the holy
andmagnificent atmosphere and its stately form can be seen from even
tens of kilometersaway. This monastery houses the world's largest
copper Buddha figure which isdecorated with numerous luxurious jewels.
Every year in Tashihunpo Monastery,the Buddha Unveiling Festival
showsthe huge portraits of Buddhas and attracts many pilgrims from all
over China.Meanwhile, during Sorcerer's DanceFestival ,Tibetan dance
of dispelling evils is performed. Another famous monastery, Shalu
Monastery , is situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Shigatse.
It's a perfect combinationof Han and Tibetan architectural styles.
In the city, you can also go to visit the Panchen Lama's Palace. It is
situated in the southwest of the city and houses many historical
relics of Tibet and manydelicate works of art. With a magnificent
architectural style and peaceful environment,it is quite a good place
for a summer visit. In addition to the Buddhist buildings,local
residences in Shigatse are also worth a visit. In the north of the
city,there is a clean and ordered old district. Most of the houses
here are in typicalTibetan architecture style. The Tibetan people
favor white so that walls of localhouses are in white color. In the
front door of every home, there are paintingsof scenes and characters
from the scriptures to dispel evil; while on the roofof each family
dwelling prayer flags are hung.
Additionally, Shigatse City boasts many other attractions worth
seeing, including Shigatse Gold, Silver and Copper Crafts Factory and
Sakya Kloster(Sakya Monastery). The factory, built up in 1955,
produces silver, gold and copper ware vessels.You can go to visit it
and buy some vessels as souvenirs. Sakya Monastery islocated on the
way from the city to Tingri County. This monastery is nearly athousand
years old and boasts the reputation of 'the second Dunhuang' in
Chinafor there are numerous exquisite murals here.
Shigatse prefecture has seventeen counties. Some of them boast
outstanding attractions.One of these is the world's highest peak Mt.
Everest. It lies at the junctionof Tingri County and Nepal. This
8844.43-meter (about 29,017 feet) high mountainhas a beautiful Tibetan
name 'Qomolangma' which means 'the peak of goddess'.With its holy
appearance and unique altitude, Mt. Everest attracts tourism
andclimbers from all over the world every year. Around this highest
peak, therestand other four mountains with an altitude of over 8000
meters (about 26,247feet) and fourteen mountains over 7000 meters
(about 22,966 feet). These snow-cappedmountains form a great scenic
In Tingri County
In Tingri County, the Rongbuk Monastery is an interesting place to
visit not for the history or architecture of the monasterybut the
scenery of Mt. Everest seen from it. This monastery is the highest
inhabitedlocation in the world.
In Gyangtse County
The Pala Manor in Gyangtse County is the best preserved landowner's
manor in Tibet. The furnishingsand decorations in this manor
illustrate the luxurious lifestyle of the nobility.
In the center of the county exits the Dzong Fortress. It is the
witness of the fierce fight between the unyielding Gyangtse people and
Besides, in the county, you can go to the Gyangtse Carpet Factory, the
Old Street and the Pelkhor Choede (Palkhor Monastery or Palcho
Zhangmu Town, Nylam County
Zhangmu Town has charming natural scenery embraced by wondrous
mountains, flexuralrivers, lush pines and flourishing flowers almost
all the year round.
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palace hotel ; bh - boutique hotel ; gh - guest house ; hs - home stay