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About Nyingchi Prefecture

On the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in South east Tibet. Nyingchi boasts a moist climate and picturesque scenery, with an average elevation of 3,000 m. It is in embrace of The Himalayan, The Tangula and the Hindu-Kush Mountain ranges. Nyingchi is also called “the Switzerland of Tibet”.

The primitive forest of Nyingchi is well preserved in which one can easily find the upright ancient plateau Tibetan cypress, the Himalaya cold cedar, the “living plant fossil”- the tree bracken and a vast variety of azaleas. Nyingchi is therefore entitled “the Natural Museum and “the Natural Gene Pool”. The area around the Buqun Lake is deemed to be the place where the wild man was living.

Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon

The Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon undulates 496.3 km long, with an average elevation over 3,000 m, and the down-cutting erosion reaches 5,382 m. It is longer than Colorando Canyon in the United States, the longest Canyon in the world. and deeper than Colca Canyon in Peru. The Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon contain nine vertical natural zones, ranging from the alpine ice and snow to tropical rain forests,so it is the place with most complete alpine vertical natural zones in the world.

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Ranwu Lake

The Ranwu Lake, the largest in southeast Tibet, It is in the Village of Ran about 90 km from the Baiba Town neighboring the Nyingchi Prefecture. The lake on elevation of 3,800 m, with area of 22 sq km. The Ranwu Lake is surrounded by many scenic highlights. Many of the peaks surrounding the lake are over 5, 000 meters high and thus permanently locked with glaciers. The foot of these peaks, however, is green with pines and cypresses, whose beauty goes beyond words

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Drasum Tso Lake

Basongcuo lies in the Cuogao Village, 39.6 km from the National Highway No. 318. with the elevation of 3,700 m. It spreads like a huge crescent that goes 12 kilometers long and a few hundred meters wide. the major attractions are the Arpei Manor, the Watch Tower, the Changjing Stone Tablet the Cuosong Temple and the like. Its vast area and mild topography make the lake an ideal place for aquatic recreations like angling.

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Lamaling Monastery

Lamaling Monastery, also known as Zangdrok Pelri Monastery and Burqug Lamaling, is a Buddhist monastery located near the village of Burqug, Buchu, Nyingchi County, in Tibet, on a small hill 1.5 km south of Buchu Monastery. The monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect, translated as the ‘Ancient Ones’; their lineages go back to the first infusion of Buddhism from India to Tibet in the 7th century CE. The Nyingma sect incorporated many of the traditions of the native Tibetan Bon religion, which respects nature and local nature spirits.

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Zayul Nature Reserve

Situated in the south east of the Tibetan plateau at the junction of the Himalayas and the Hengduan Mountains, the Zayu nature reserve belong to Zayu County, which is known as mini-Switzerland. with a warm and moist climate. The nature reserve contains abundant species, and a comparatively complete forest ecological system on the south eastern corner of Tibet. Aiming to protect ever-green broad leaf forests, rare animals, and Yunnan pines in subtropical zone. the nature reserve is home to some wild animals, such as otters, stone martens, gold-spotted leopards and red pandas.

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