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03 Tibet Lhoka

03 Tibet Lhoka

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Tsetang lies in the center of the Yarlung valley between the Himalayas and Gangdise belts. Historically. It has been the capital of Yarlung Kingdom. It was also the seat of ancient emperors of Tibet. Today, it is one of the largest cities in Tibet. It belongs to Nedong County, Lhoka Prefecture, and sits 183 km southeast of Lhasa.

Tsetang is close to many major attractions in Shannan region. Some of the highlights include Yumbu Lhakhang Palace, the oldest palace built in Tibet over two thousand years ago for the first Tsampo (king) of the Tubo tribe. There is also Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet build in the 8th century by the great Trisong Detsen, and is widely considered the headstream of Tibetan Buddhism. Other notable spots are Tombs of Tibetan Kings, Lhamoi Lhatso Lake, Yamzho Yumco Lake, Samding Monastery, Mindroiling Monastery, etc.

CountryTibet, China
Visa requirements

For all foreign travelers visiting Tibet Tsetang (the Shannan Prefecture), you will need valid passports, Chinese visa and all the necessary Tibet travel permits. These permits documents include: Passports, China visa, Alien's travel permits, Tibet entry permits. And there are still some areas which are not open at all, e.g: The Lhamu Lhatso lake.

LanguagesTibetan, Mandarin, English
Minorities & PopulationTibetan & Han Chinese, 50,000 (2017 data)
CurrencyChinese Yuan (CNY), People here only accept CNY for daily life, spending. It is not convenient to exchange money or withdraw cash from ATM if you use international bank cards.
Area (km2) 79,700 square kilometers (30,772 square miles)
Secret Garden Inn

Secret Garden Inn

山南秘密花园客栈; Sare Road, 20m to Police Station, Nedong Tibet, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Secret Garden Inn offers accommodations in Nedong. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Enjoy a More info
Shannan Hotel

Shannan Hotel

山南宾馆: 2 Hunan Rd, Naidong Xian, Shannan Tibet, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Shannan Post Hotel

Shannan Post Hotel

山南邮政大酒店: 12 Naidong Rd, Naidong Xian, Shannan Tibet, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Shannan Ze Source Theme HoteI

Shannan Ze Source Theme HoteI

山南泽源主题酒店: Sarelu Zedang Town Road 10, Shannan Tibet, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Tsedang Snow Pigeon Hotel

Tsedang Snow Pigeon Hotel

乃东雪鸽宾馆: No. 1, Hubei Road, Tsedang, Tibet, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Tsedang Snow Pigeon Hotel, which is invested by Tibetan Shannan telecommunications and located at Hu More info
Tsetang Hotel

Tsetang Hotel

泽当饭店: No.19 Naidong Road, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Tsetang Hotel is a reputable 3 star hotel in downtown Tsetang. It is the largest hotel in the area a More info
Tsetang Yulong Holiday Hotel

Tsetang Yulong Holiday Hotel

裕砻假日大酒店: No.30 Naidong Road, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Tsetang Yulong Holiday Hotel is a 3 star deluxe hotel in Nedong region of Tibet. The modern hotel pr More info
Yarlung River Hotel

Yarlung River Hotel

雅砻河酒店: No.18 Hubei Avenue, 03 Tibet Lhoka
Price from $ 55
Yarlung River Hotel is a deluxe hotel in Tsetang region of Tibet. The hotel is home to more than 100 More info
12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Ganden to Samye Monastery

12 Days Tibet Trekking Tour: Ganden to Samye Monastery

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Ganden to Samye Monastery trek includes a visit to Yarlung Valley, the cradle of Tibetan Civilizatio More info
12 Days Tibet Yarlung Tsangpo River Attractions Tour

12 Days Tibet Yarlung Tsangpo River Attractions Tour

06 Tibet Nyingchi, 07 Tibet Everest, 04 Tibet Shigatse, 03 Tibet Lhoka, 02 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Overview This trip begins with the cultural touring of Lhasa that includes Potala Palace, Jokhang T More info
7 Days Tibet Culture Cradle-Spiritual Caves Exploration

7 Days Tibet Culture Cradle-Spiritual Caves Exploration

03 Tibet Lhoka, 02 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Tibet Lhasa and Yarlung valley cultural exploration journey: Travelers looking for a Tibet tour focu More info
7 Days Yarlung Tsangpo Loop Private Vehicle Service

7 Days Yarlung Tsangpo Loop Private Vehicle Service

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Many travelers to Tibet nowadays are interested in a highly personalized and customized experience. More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.

Attractions to See

Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Temple is located at the south foot of the Gungbort Mountain.You can see the Pearl Thangka Painting of the temple.

Yumbu Lhakhang Palace

Yumbu Lhakhang Palace ,built two thousand years ago for the first Tsampo (king) of the Tubo tribe,is the oldest palace on the high land and now has turned into a Buddhist monastery.It is located 5 kilometers (3 miles) southeast of Nedong County.

 Samye Monastery

The Samye Monastery is located on the north bank of the river along the Yarlung Zangbo River from Tsedang Town of Nedong County to Dranang County.Travelers can be sent to the Monastery by powerboat or sheepskin draft.It was built in 762,comprising Tibetan, Han and ancient Indian building styles.Noticeably,it is the first temple compassing all the three treasure of Buddhism,hierarchy, doctrine and monk,which is considered asheadstream of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Dinning and Shopping

Dining in Tsetang

The top three Chinese restaurants here are Shunfa Restaurant,Changduwuxiong Teahouse and Chuanyu Hotel.Unfortunately,you can not find western restaurant.Local specialties of Tsetang are buttermilk tea,yogurt,tsampa,barley wine and dried meat.

Shopping in Tsetang

Tsetang is said to be Tibet's granary.There are many famous plants growing up here that can be used for medicine. Cordyceps sinensis, Ganoderma lucidum, saffron are good gifts to buy.

Transport

Known as the cradle of Tibetan Civilization, Tsedang is the political, economic, cultural and traffic center of Lhoka prefecture of Tibet. The transportation at Tsedang has been improved greatly with the development of Tibet tourism in recent years. Travelers can take plane and bus to Tsedang at present.

Travel to Tsetang By air

Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located at Gonggar county of Lhoka Area, about 98 km south of Lhasa City. The Gonggar Airport operates flights to many inland cities of China, like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xian, Xining, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chamdo and Nyingchi. The airport witnesses few international flights currently. The only international air route is Kathmandu-Lhasa flight. 

There are many buses running between Lhasa city and Gonggar Airport. It takes around 1 hour and 40 RMB from the airport to the Lhasa downtown by bus. Tourists can also take a taxi to the Lhasa City and then take a bus or rent a car from Lhasa to Tsedang. In addition, you can also take the bus from Lhasa to Tsedang at the junction of three roads outside the airport. It only costs 40 RMB to Tsedang by bus. If you have many travel mates, it is best to rent a car to Tsedang. It costs 150-200 RMB for four people to share a Poussin.   

Travel to Tsetang By Road

Now there is no railway between Lhasa and Tsedang, but the roads to the town are mostly well paved. Except taking bus to Tsedang at the junction of three roads outside the Lhasa Gongar airport, tourists can also take bus to Tsedang at Jokhang Square in Lhasa City. There are buses to Samye Monastery at the Jokhang Square every day. The bus departs at around 8:00 am and arrives at Samye about 12:00 am. The ticket fare is 50 RMB.

Besides, there are buses at Lhasa North Bus Station to Tsedang, Gongar, Qushui, Samri and Zhanang of Lhoka area.   

Travel warning for foreign travelers: Even though it is convenient for local Tibetan people and Chinese to take public transport to and from Tsetang, foreign travelers need to have a package tour with tour guide, travel permits and tourism vehicle. Otherwise they can not have access to this region.