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Shannan(Southern Tibet)


In Shannan (Southern Tibet), visitors can see many famous Tibetan monasteries such as Samyae monastery. The hot spring in Piga, Chim-puk herniated and Yonbulagang palaces are very popular.

Shannan is located at the lower reaches of the Yarlung zangbo River south of the Kangdese mountains-called the Nyainqentanglha Mountains on the Qinghai Tibet plateau. It is bounded by the capital city Lhasa to the north, Xigaze to the west, Nyingchi to the east and India and Bhutan to the south. With an area of 73,500 square kilometers, Shannan occupies one-fifteenth of the total area of the Tibet autonomous region. With a boundary line of more than 600 kilometers, it has great strategic importance and serves as china's southwestern border area. 

Shannan includes 12 counties, four of which are in border areas.

Shannan's topography is typical of the southern Tibetan valley area, with a terrain gradually declining from west to east and at an average elevation of about 3,700 meters. The Yarlung Zangbo River, the mother river of Tibetan people, runs 424 kilometers from west to east through Shannan. In addition, Shannan has 41 rivers that run down high mountains and deep valleys all year round, with the river area of 38,000 square kilometers. There are 88 lakes in the prefecture, including Yamzhog Yumco, Namco, Chigu and Purmo Yumco, which are well known and, like green gemstones, are inlaid in the mountains of Shannan.

Shannan(Southern Tibet) Tourist Attractions

    Samye Monastery

    Located at the foot of Mt. Hepo Ri, on the north bank of t...

    Yumbulagang Palace

    Perched on the summit of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain on the east bank...
    Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

    It lies within the boundary of Nankartse County, on the north bank of t...
    Trandruk Monastery

    Trandruk Monastery lies on the southern side Mt. Gangpo Ri, on the east...

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