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Gyantse trip, My Trip to Gyantse

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
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Gyantse (or Jiangzi) is now a county under the administration of Shigatse Prefecture. The Gyantse Town is located 250km southwest of Lhasa and 100km southeast of Shigatse. It takes about 5 hours to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse and 2 hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse.
Gyantse is normally considered the third largest town and historically one of the most important regions in Tibet. It has the important transportation hub linking Lhasa, Shigatse and Yadong.
Gyantse is a must to visit place for most first time travelers in Tibet. People either go from Lhasa to Gynatse or go from Shigatse to Gyantse, or from the Nepalese and Chinese border city – Zhangmu Town.
Gyantse lies in the north of the middle section of Nyang Chu River, a tributary of Yula Tsangpo River and surrounded by the continous mountains in the north and south. The major attractions in Gyantse include Gyantse Dzong (Fort), the Palcho Monastery and Palha Manor.
After driving cross Karola Pass which is the divided line between Gyantse County and Langkazi County, we are approaching Gyantse Town. Soon we see an archway written with the welcoming words”The Ancient Gyantse Town welcomes you!”. Now it is almost 2pm.  

The Ancient Gyantse Town welcomes you!.

Gyanstse is full of fertile land with the Nyang Chu River running to the south of Gyantse from west to east. Gyantse is a much developed agricultural county, which is acclaimed as the hometown of barley in the world. On the way to the downtown of Gyantse, we see a great amount of barley fields on the both sides of the road between the mountains. 

the hometown of barley in the world

The town of Gyantse is in sight! The first construction that catches our eyes is Gyantse Dzong dominating the city on a high hill in the west of the town.  

Gyantse Dzong dominating the city on a high hill

With the government policy of “Go West and Develop West”, Gyantse has been entitled to the huge support from othe developed cities and provinces in China incuding Shanghai, which has given Gyantse the greatest assistance in terms of finance and technology. The main road in Gyantse is named “Shanghai Road” in praise of the efforts made Shanghai government.

Shanghai West Road

We arrive at Gyantse at 2pm and all feel much hungry after 5 hours’ driving and sightseeing on the way from Lhasa. There are several restaurants in Gyantse offering western food. We choose Gyantse Kitchen for our lunch. Actually this restaurant mainly offer Nepalese food.  

Gyantse Kitchen for our lunch

After lunch, we are arranged to visit Palha Manor 2km in the southwest of Gyantse town. We pass the bridge over Nyang Chu River.

Nyang Chu River

Palha Manor is the only remaining manor in the old time in Tibet. It once belonged to one of the three nobilities in Tibet. Before Tibet’s liberation, Palha family had 37 manors, 12 farms, over 30,000 mu of land, 3,000 serfs, in Gyantse, Kangma and Bairang. Now in the remaining manor there are a three-storey building with a residence area of 5,000 square meters. 82 rooms and serf yards and some well preserved property.

Inside the three storey building

Kitchen for serfs 

Kitchen for serfs


Butlers Room. The manor once had a senior butler, outside butler and inner butler. They had a great power and were responsibel for the host’s life and all trifles around the manor. 

Butlers Room.

The servants house.  

The servants house.

After finishing our short trip to Palha Manor, we continue our road trip to Shigatse, 100km northwest of Gyantse. Again we pass by Gyantse Fort.  

Again we pass by Gyantse Fort

It is an easy driving from Gyantse to Shigatse along the smooth asphalt road teemed with trees and barley fields.  

It is an easy driving from Gyantse to Shigatse

Gyantse Travel Tips
1. Where to stay in Gyantse
1) Gyantse Hotel 0892 – 8172222
2) Wutse Hotel 0892 – 8172888
3) Jian Zang Hotel 0892 – 8172324
2. Where to dine in Gyantse
1) Gyantse Kitchen 0892 – 8176777
2) Tashi’s 0892 – 8827512
3. Gyantse Shopping
1. Carpets

Langkazi, Langkazi County – Nangartse County

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
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Plan your Lhasa – Gyantse Tour? Langkazi (or Nangartse) is a must place you have to pass by. It is a county administered by Shannan Prefecture in Tibet. Langkazi is located in the north of the middle Himalaya Mountains, bordering Bhutan. Langkazi County lies in a basin surrounded by high mountains in four sides with average altitude of over 4500m.
Langkazi in Tibetan means “white nose tip, indicating the snow capped mountains in the town. There are 6 mountains higher than 6000m with Nojinkangsang being the highest 7194m.
The azure and holy lake – Yamdroke Lake is located in Langkazi County. A 20-minute drive or 2 hour walk from the town Langkazi brings you to a nice and charming place – Samding Monastery.
Langkazi (Nangartse) is in the middle of the drive way between Lhasa and Gyantse. So many Chinese tourist groups will stop here for a short break after visiting Yamdroke Lake from Lhasa before getting to Gyantse County.
Langkazi (Nangartse) is a small town with basic accommodations and a few restaurants. Most foreign visitors would drive another two hours to Gyantse for lunch. To go to Gyantse from Langkazi, you have to climb over Karola Pass (5042m). Karola Pass is the divided line between Gyantse County and Langkazi County. 
Langkazi (Nangartse) Travel Tips:
1. Lhasa – Yamdroke Lake 104km
2. Yamdroke Lake – Langkazi (Nangartse) 51km
3. Langkazi (Nangartse) – Gyantse 96km
4. Tourims Enquiry: 08048-7382221
Follow your nose to Gyantse and turn right for Langkazi (Nangartse) 

Follow your nose to Gyantse and turn right for Langkazi

Entering the town of Langkazi 

Entering the town of Langkazi

Nangartse has basic accommodations and a few restaurants

Nangartse has basic accommodations and a few restaurants

Barley fields around Langkazi (Nangartse) 

Barley fields around Langkazi (Nangartse)

Bordering Gyantse County

Bordering Gyantse County

Qushui Bridge, the Qushui Bridge in Tibet

Monday, August 29th, 2011
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Qushui Bridge is a very important bridge in Tibet. It is located Qushui County, about 60km south of Lhasa and 27km west of Lhasa Gongar Airport. The Yalu Tsangpo River flows under the Qushui Bridge from west to east. Lhasa River, an important tributary of Yalu Tsangpo River, meets Yalu Tsangpo River at Qushui County.

Starting from Lhasa, driving cross Qushui Bridge and turning left, you will get to Lhasa Gonggar Airport 27km away from Qushui Bridge; turning right, you will get to Yamdroke Lake  in 41km, Nanggartse County in 91km, Gyantse in 187km and Shigatse in 287km.

If you don’t crosss the Qushui Bridge and drive west at the north of Qushui Bridge, you will easily get to Shigatse in 187km along the National Highway No.318.

Qushui Bridge was open to the public on August 01, 1966. The bridge is 300 meters long and 10 meters wide. All the major roads in Tibet pass by or over Qushui Bridge.

Getting to the north of Quishui Bridge from Lhasa, turn left (south) and drive cross Quishui Bridge, you will reach Lhasa Airport in 27km and Gyantse in 187km; drive right (west, don’t cross the bridge) along the National Highway No.318 and get to Shigatse in 187km.

Getting to the north of Quishui Bridge from Lhasa

Turn left (south), we will cross over Qushui Bridge

Turn left (south), we cross over Qushui Bridge

We are on the Qushui Bridget with Yalu Tsangpo River flowing under the bridge. At the southern tip of Qushui Bridge, turn left for Lhasa Airport (27km) and turn right for Yamdroke Lake in 41km, Nanggartse County in 91km, Gyantse in 187km and Shigatse in 287km. 

We turn right at the southern tip of Qushui Bridge for Yamdroke Lake and Gyantse

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