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Qushui Bridge in Qushui County, Tibet (Tips, Photos & Map)

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
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Qushui Bridge is the first modern bridge over Yalu Tsangpo River, a crucial bridge in Tibet. It is located Qushui County, about 60km south of Lhasa and 27km west of Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

Qushui Bridge is a crucial bridge in Tibet. (Google Map)

Qushui County

The name “Qushui” comes from “Jimai” in Tibetan language in ancient times, which literally means “the land where rivers meet”. Quishui County has been the transportation hub connecting Lhasa with Shannan, Nyingchi and Xigaze since ancient times. The county was established in 1959.

We pass through Qushui County

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.

Qushui Bridge

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

We are going to cross Qushui Bridge

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.

Our bus is driving on the Qushui Bridge from north to south.

If you don’t crosss the Qushui Bridge and drive west at the north of Qushui Bridge, you will easily get to Shigatse in 196km along the National Highway No.318.

We drive though Qushui Bridge, and turn right to the dierction of Yamdrok Lake .

We drive though Qushui Bridge, and turn right to the dierction of Yamdrok Lake. Yamdrok Lake is situated within Langkazi County (Nangartse) of the Shannan Region of Tibet on the way between Lhasa and Gyantse – 110km southwest of Lhasa and 140 east of Gyantse.

We drive though Qushui County ( Qushui Bridge) and get to Yamdrok Lake.

Hassle-free Lhasa & Tibet Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa and Tibet:

Lhasa Tour
Tibet Travel
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Lhasa
Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa
Lhasa Tourist Traps, Tourist Scams Lhasa
Where to stay in Lhasa
Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant – Your Kitchen in Lhasa
Lhasa Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience, Xian Lhasa Flight
Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus
Get around in Lhasa with Pedicab or Trishaw
lhasa Taxi
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Tips for Visiting Drak Yerpa (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Beijing Road in Lhasa
Lhasa River in the City of Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)
Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip

Qushui Bridge in Qushui County, Tibet (Tips, Photos & Map)

Any questions, just drop a line.

Lhasa Yamdrok Lake Road Trip (Tips, Photos & Maps)

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
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Plan your Lhasa tour? A side road trip to Yamdrok Lake is highly recommended. So to speak, Yamdrok Lake is a must for your first time visit in Tibet. Yamdrok Lake ( or Yamdrok-Tso Lake and Yamdrok Yumtso Lake ) is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet.

Tibet Tourist Map

Yamdrok-Tso Lake is 130km long from east to west and 70km wide from north to south with a total perimeter of 250km and the surface area of 638 square km, average depth of 20-40 meters. It is the largest lake at the north foot of the Himalayas.

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is a kind of low salt lake formed by the snow melted water from the snow capped mountains nearby. The lake looks like a holy sapphire. Under the clear azure sky, the clean water of the lake is as smooth as the surface of fine blue jade. Yamdrok Lake is said to be be the female Guardian of Buddhism in Tibet. Every year, many local Tibetans and visitors from Lhasa and from other places would come here for pilgrimage or sightseeing.

Yamdrok Lake is situated within Langkazi County (Nangartse) of the Shannan Region of Tibet on the way between Lhasa and Gyantse – 110km southwest of Lhasa and 140 east of Gyantse.

The Parking Lot for Viewing Yamdrok Lake is located 110km southwest of Lhasa (Google)

If you start from Lhasa to visit Yamdrok Lake, you have to climb over Kampala Pass (5000m) where you have a bird’s eye view of the amazing lake. The lake lies several hundred meters below the road or the pass. Under clear weather the lake is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge snow mountain – Mt.Nojin Kangsang (7194).

If you set off from Gyantse to view Yamdrok Lake, you have to climb over Karola Pass (5042m). Karola Pass is the divided line between Gyantse County and Langkazi County. (Nangartse).

Approaching the Kampala Pass (5000m)

Driving through the Pass
Parking cars and buses on the parking lot near the Pass or the road and viewing the lake

Birds’ Eye View of Yamdrok Lake from the parking lot or the road near Kampala Pass (5000m)

Birds’ Eye View of Yamdrok Lake from the parking lot or the road near Kampala Pass (5000m)

All the tourists get off at the car parking lot ( Yanghu Scenic Area Parking Lot). People walk to the edge overlooking Yamdrok Lake to view the lake and for photogenic opportunities.

Basiacally people walk around the Yanghu Scenic Area Parking Lot for a good angle to see and take photos of the lake.

Yanghu Scenic Area Parking Lot is the main area to view the lake.
On the right side of the lake
People take pictures with the huge carved roack with the Chinese charactors – Yamdrok Lake –
Visitors are taking photos with the yak
You may take a picture with a Tibetan mastiff
Overlooking Yamdrok Lake from the parking area near the the Kampala Pass (5000m)

Hassle-free Lhasa Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa:

Lhasa Tour
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Lhasa
Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa
Lhasa Tourist Traps, Tourist Scams Lhasa
Where to stay in Lhasa
Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant – Your Kitchen in Lhasa
Lhasa Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience, Xian Lhasa Flight
Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus
Get around in Lhasa with Pedicab or Trishaw
lhasa Taxi
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Tips for Visiting Drak Yerpa (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Beijing Road in Lhasa
Lhasa River in the City of Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)
Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip

Any questions, just drop a line.

Lhasa Great Mosque & the Mosques in Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
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Plan your Lhasa tour? When thinking of Lhasa or Tibet as a whole, normally people would agree that Lhasa is a mysterious Buddhist area where the local people all believe Buddhism. But in reality, mosques could be found in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet as well.

Lhasa Great Mosque Location ( Google Map)

At present there 4 mosques in Lhasa including Lhasa Great Mosque, Lhasa Small Mosque, East Gyangda Linka Mosque and West Gyangda Linka Mosque.

Now there are two Muslim living areas in Lhasa – Gyangda Linka Commnunity and Hebalin Muslim Community with Muslim total population of over 3000.

Gyangda Linka Muslim Community in Lhasa (卡基林卡)

Muslim traders came from Arbabs, Nepal and Western Tibet’s Kashmir area around 8th century. In the 12th century, more and more Muslim traders came to Lhasa and married the local Tibetan girls who later were converted to their husband’s relgion – Islam.

Gradually, Muslim population increased sizably with marriages and social interactions and a Muslim community was formed around Lhasa. The historical record shows that a group of Muslims came up to the fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682), asking for an area to build a mosque and a burial site for their community. The Dalai Lama shot an arrow and promised the place where his arrow fell would belong to the Muslim community area. The place later came to be known as Gyangda Linka (卡基林卡).

Gyangda Linka Muslim Community was first built in 1716, about 3km west of Potala Palace. Later two mosques were built both in the east and west of Gyangda Linka and its burial site was in the south of Gyangda Linka. Today the two mosuqes are still well kept.

Hebalin Muslim Community in Lhasa (河坝林)

Hebalin is another living community for the local Mulsims. This area is located in the southeast of Barkhor Street. Lhasa Great Mosque is located about 200m to the southeast of Barkhor Street while Lhasa Small Mosque just south of Barkhor Street.

Lhasa Great Mosque

Lhasa Great Mosque was first built during the reign of Emperor Kangxi in 1716 with a construction area of only 200 square meters. In 1793 during the reign of Qianlong Emperor, the mosque was renovated and expanded. Unfortunately Lhasa Great Mosque was burned down in 1959. The next year a new mosque was rebuilt with the construction area of over 1300. The whole mosque has a total area of 2600 square meters. Its prayer hall can accommodate over 250 people.

Lhasa Great Mosque

Lhasa Small Mosque was first established in 1920s mainly for the traders coming from Nepal, Kashmir area, Bhutan and Britain. The main prayer hall can hold over 150 people.

Lhasa Great Mosque Walking Trail

After you finish your walking around the exterior of Barkhor Temple, you just walk another 200 meters, then you will get to the Lhasa Great Mosque. The small lane is located to the southeast of Barkhor Street where you will see a three-storey yellow building which is the well known Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant. Just follow the road in front of the entrance gate to the yellow three-storey restaurant leading to the Lhasa Great Mosque at a distance of only 200 meters.

The north entrance to Lhasa Great Mosque. Its name is inscribed on an big signboard over the gate in Arabic script, and Tibetan and Chinese characters. The entire wall of the mosque is decorated in traditional Islamic flower patterns with blue as its basic color.

The Muslim Community

The mosque is built in the traditional form with a dome and minaret. The mosque compound is composed of a pailou, worship hall, school and others.

Hassle-free Lhasa Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa:

Lhasa Tour
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Lhasa
Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa
Lhasa Tourist Traps, Tourist Scams Lhasa
Where to stay in Lhasa
Makye Ame Lhasa Restaurant – Your Kitchen in Lhasa
Lhasa Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Xian Lhasa Flight Experience, Xian Lhasa Flight
Lhasa Railway Station Transportation, Taxi, Public Bus
Get around in Lhasa with Pedicab or Trishaw
lhasa Taxi
Best Places to Take Picture of Potala Palace Lhasa

4-Wheel Drive Trip from Lhasa to Ranwu
Tips for Visiting Drak Yerpa (Tips, Photos & Map)
The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits
How to Visit Sera Monastery in Lhasa
Beijing Road in Lhasa
Lhasa River in the City of Lhasa (Tips, Photos & Map)
Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip

Any questions, just drop a line.