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Shannan - Birthplace of Tibet Civilization

05 April 2016 Last updated at 17:02
Sheep Flocks beside Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake

As the old saying goes, " If its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable."
Yamdrok Lake is the absolute place that worth your visit in Tibet.

Hiking Tour from Ganden to Samye

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery, with the central temple, symbolizes the center of the universe.
Having a visit, to explore the ancient heart of Tibetan Buddhist world.

Yumbulagang Inner Hall

Yumbulagang Palace

Yumbulagang Palace is the first Palace of Tibet, the origin of civilization.
Go to find the history of the mysterious land!


Shannan Overview

Shannan, also named Lhoka in Tibetan, is a long-standing prefecture in the southeastern area of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Shannan means "the south of mountains" because it lay southern aside of MT. Gangdise and MT. Nyenchen Tanglha.

"Where there is a river, there is a civilization". Shannan is known as the birthplace of Tibetan civilization because it was formed by the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The greatest kingdom "Tubo" in Tibet history was founded in Shannan which ruled Tibet more than two hundreds years. Besides, Shannan is also famous for many other "first of Tibet", such as the first farmland, the first palace and the first Buddhist monastery.

Our Travelers' Favorite Shannan Tours

5 Days Lhasa and Yamdrok Holy Lake Tour

5 days and 4 nights from $575pp

This tour covers the highlights of Lhasa City and the breathtaking lake view. After your landmarks-exploring in Lhasa, it would be pleasant to visit one of the most beautiful lakes. Among the three sacred lakes, Yamdrok Lake is much easier to get. Looking from the summit of Kamlala, you will get a stunning lake view of Yamdrok-tso which shapes like a coiling scorpion.

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6 Days Tour Tibetan History Trace Tour

6 days & 5 nights from $664pp

This tour will take you to trace the history and Tibetan Buddhism from “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” Tsedang first where you will visit the first palace of Tibet - Yumbulakang, first monastery of Tibet - Samye. Then you will be transferred to Lhasa, visit the holy lake Yamdrok on route. Lhasa is the later political and Buddhist center of Tibet. In this tour, you won't miss any best sites - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera, etc.

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6 Days Tibetan Buddhism Tour (Lhasa & Tsedang)

6 days & 5 nights from $642pp

This tour will take you to “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” Tsedang to discover the mystery of Tibetan Buddhist in Tibet’s most revered Palaces and Monasteries. Sightseeing includes: Yumbulakang (Tibet's first palace), Samye Monastery (Tibet's first monastery), and Trundruk monastery (It has a stunning Tangkha of Pearls decorated with a total of 29,026 pearls). Of course you will also explore the heart of Tibet - Lhasa.

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11 Days Ganden to Samye Trekking Tour

11 days and 10 nights from $1,588pp

If you are looking for an authentic cultural experience where you will spend your evenings either camping or among the locals in villages and stay at local people's homes, this is the tour for you. It will take you across two mountain passes, beautiful alpine lakes and local nomads.

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Nyingchi Fast Facts

Elevation: 3,700
Population: 330,100
Tibetan Meaning:
South of Mountains
Area Land:
30,800 sq mi
Time Zone: UTC+8
City seat: Tsetang
Languages: Tibetan, Madarin
Area Code: 856000

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