Shigatse Travel Tips

On August 26, 2011, in Activities, Festivals, More Cities, Tibet, Tours, by Jack Li

The city of Shigatse is in the south of Tibet at the confluence of Yalu Tsangpo River and Nianchu River. Once capital of late Tibet, Shigatse is 3,800 m above sea level and is the 2nd largest city of the province. Its picturesque scenery and unique lifestyle have earned for it the reputation of “the […]

The city of Shigatse is in the south of Tibet at the confluence of Yalu Tsangpo River and Nianchu River. Once capital of late Tibet, Shigatse is 3,800 m above sea level and is the 2nd largest city of the province. Its picturesque scenery and unique lifestyle have earned for it the reputation of “the heavenly manor”.

Shigatse Activities:

1. Shigatse Tourist Culture Festival

Time: from the end of September to the beginning of October every year;

Place: the city of Shigatse;

Activities: commercial negotiations, religious performances, Tibetan plays and costume display, etc.

2. Gyangze Dharma Festival

Time: from April, 10th to April 27th;

Place: County Gyangze

Activities: The festival dates back to 1408 and is the Memorial Day of the death of Pabasangbu, the Gyangze King of the Issachar Dynasty. On this day there will be activities such as mounted archery contests, Tibetan plays, singing and dancing, and commodity fair.

Best seasons to visit Shigatse

Shigatse lies in a river valley. The average temperature of the coldest months is 2-12 degrees Celsius, and that of the hottest months 10-18 degrees Celsius. The annual temperature averages 6.3 degrees Celsius. So it is not a place of extreme weathers. The year is divided into the dry season and the wet season. The rainy season is July and August and it rains mostly at night.

Shigatse has plentiful sunshine, a mild climate, and convenient tourist facilities. So you can and enjoy the natural beauty of this heavenly place at any time of the year. If you are planning an exploration tour on Mount Everest, it is not advisable to schedule it for October to April when Shigatse is perishing cold. If you are coming especially to see the splendor of Mount Everest, you should not schedule your trip for July or August when the mountain is often heavily veiled by rain. The best season to view Mount Everest is from April to June.

Shigatse Route: (none available)

Shigatse Ticket

Yangzhuoyongcuo: RMB 40

Palkor Chode: RMB 40

Mount Gyangze: 30

Tashilhunpo Monastery: RMB 55

Shalu Monastery: RMB 20

Penchan New Palace: RMB 30

Sagya Monastery: RMB 45

Rongbu Monastery: RMB 25

Mount Everest: RMB 180

Mountain-entry fare (by coach): RMB 400

How to get to Shigatse:

1. By air

The Shigatse Airport is opent on October the 30th, 2010. It is the fifth airport in Tibet. Tourists can reach Shigatse by air from Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Currently flights to the Shigatse Airport is rare.

2. By train

There is no railway to Shigatse right now so it is not an option for tourist to reach there by train. The project to build a railway to Shigatse began at September 26th, 2010, and is underway now. Government plan to invest 13.3 billion Yuan on the project and finish it in 4 year.

Transportation System within Shigatse

Shigatse is not a big city. It is convenient to wander in the city on foot. You can also take a tricycle or a taxi. Ticket price of tricycle is 5 Yuan per person, and that of taxi per ride is 11 Yuan. The price is fixed and do not bother to bargain with the drivers.

If you plan to visit Muotuo Village, Zhangmu Village, Yadong Village, Dingri Village (It is the village where Mount Everest locates.), or other border areas, you need to get a permission. For Zhangmu Viliage and Dingri Village, fill in the “Nielamu County” on your application, and for Yadong Village, fill in “Yadong”. You’d better get the license before you start your trip to Tibet or Shigatse.

Cell phones get receptions in Shigatse and in Dingri Village. But in other surrouding villages of Shigatse, they might not get receptions. If you are going to the Rongbu Monastery or Mount Everest, you’d better bring an extra battery because you can recharge your cell phone there.

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Mount Everest

On August 26, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Mount Everest, or “Mount Qomolangma”, is situated in the Himalayas Mountains stretching along the border of China and Nepal. The sea level elevation of Mount Everest is 8844.43 meters, making it the highest mountain in the world. Many mountaineers had tied but failed to climbed the mountain until the year 1953, some of them even […]

Mount Everest, or “Mount Qomolangma”, is situated in the Himalayas Mountains stretching along the border of China and Nepal. The sea level elevation of Mount Everest is 8844.43 meters, making it the highest mountain in the world. Many mountaineers had tied but failed to climbed the mountain until the year 1953, some of them even lost their lifes there. In 1953, a famous New Zealand mountaineer, Edmund Hillary, reached the top of Mount Everest from its southern side for the first time in human history, with the help of of a guide from Nepal. And seven years later, several Chinese mountaineers and scientists got there from its northern side, which is much more precipitous than the southern side.

Mount Everest looks like a giant pyramid from outside. It was surrounded by many other high mountains in the Himalayass. There are about 40 mountains which are higher than 7000 meters located within 20 kilometers to Mount Everst. The terrain of the mountain is extremly complex. Without the help of modern technology, it is almost imposible to get the top of the mountain. That is why people did not succeed in conquering it until the middle of 19th century. The northeastern ridge, the southeastern ridge, and the western ridge shape the general outline of Mount Everst, within which there are three huge cliffs and various types of microrelieves. Because of its high altitude, the temperature on the peak of Mount Everest is approximately -34℃, with strong winds blowing all the year round. The thick snows covering the mountain never thaws, and form magnificent glacier landscape. There are around 548 continental glaciers dotted among the cliffs and ridges within the mountain. The cover area of the glaciers is 1457.07 square kilometers, and the average thickness ofthem reaches amazingly 7260 meters. Some glaciers gather together and form a large group of breathtaking ice towers, some adopt the form of slope, and some form snow hills . The splendid snow-covered landscape of Mount Everest have made it one of the most gorgeose mountains in China.

Mount Everest is not only famous for its unique snow-covered landscape, but also for its enormous scientific value. Scientists are curious about why the mountain is still growing taller. They also wants to carry out experiments on the limites of human body in the mountain. Thus Mount Everest welcomes a great many scientists and tourists every year. If you want to climb the mountain, you need to watch out for the dangerous avalanche regions and the natural traps hidden under the ice cap. You may need a oxygen tank as well, since the air is quite thin in the moutain. The amount of the air among the peak of Mount Everest is only one forth as much as the amount of the air shrouding the eastern plain area of China.

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Tashilhunpo Monastery

On August 26, 2011, in Monasteries, More Cities, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The name “Tashilhunpo” means “auspicious”. Situated on the eastern slope of Mount Nyima to the west of the city of Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery is the largest temple in the Shigatse area. It is the dwelling place of the Panchen Lamas ever since the 4th Panchen, and is one of the six famous Shamanist temple in […]

The name “Tashilhunpo” means “auspicious”. Situated on the eastern slope of Mount Nyima to the west of the city of Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery is the largest temple in the Shigatse area. It is the dwelling place of the Panchen Lamas ever since the 4th Panchen, and is one of the six famous Shamanist temple in the country.

In the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the most magnificent constructions are the Maitreya Palace and Panchen Stupa Palace. The Maitreya Palace, 30 metres high, is in the west of the monastery where enshrined the 26.2-metre-high sitting statue of Maitreya made in 1914 under the supervision of the 9th Panchen, Chokyi Nyima. The statue cost 115,700 kilograms of brass and 335 kilograms of gold; to inlay the eyebrows of the Buddha alone cost more than 1,400 pearls and diamonds. No wonder it is the largest brass sitting statue of Buddha in the world. Coming to the Panchen Stupa Palace, you will see stupa towers of different sizes adorned with pearls and jade. Crisp oil lamps varying in amount are lit on each tower and keep burning all year round. In the stupa towers lie the Buddhist relics of the previous Penchan Lamas. The stupa of the 4th Penchan is the most luxurious one of all.

There is yet another interesting sight in Tashilhunpo Monastery—numerous unowned dogs gather around the monastery. Apart from dogs, you can find many goats, roosters and other animals around the temples in Tibet; they roam leisurely about and bathe in the sun just like people do. This shows one essential belief of the Tibetan people: every creature has a spirit and deserves respect from the others.

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Mount Shisha Pangma

On August 26, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Tibet, by Jack Li

Mount Shisha Pangma is located in the middle of the Himalaya. The name of the mountain means “a place with awful and fickle climate” in Tibetan language. It is the 14th highest mountain in the world with a sea level elevation of 8012 meters. Among all the mountains that are higher than 8000 meters in […]

Mount Shisha Pangma is located in the middle of the Himalaya. The name of the mountain means “a place with awful and fickle climate” in Tibetan language. It is the 14th highest mountain in the world with a sea level elevation of 8012 meters. Among all the mountains that are higher than 8000 meters in Himalaya, Mount Shisha Pangma is the only one which is situated entirely within the borderline of China.

Mount Shisha Pangma is 120 kilometers away from Mount Everest, it consists of three peaks. To the southwest of the main peak, which is 8012 meters high, there are two relatively lower peak, one is 8008 metes high, and the other is 7966. Most of the perpetual snows and large-scale continental glaciers in Himalaya were located in Mount Shisha Pangma and its surroundings. The covering area of snow and glacier in the mountain reaches amazingly 6000 square kilometers. The 13.5 kilometer long Yebocangjiale Glacier stretches along the north ridge of Mount Shisha Pangma, and the Quda Glacier lies in parallel to it. To the east of the north ridge, there is the Geya Clacier. Along the south ridge of moutain, there are also many glaciers, for example, the 16 kilometer long Fuqu Glacier. The glacier extends all the way down to the scrubland on the mountainside.

The most attracting scenery in the mountain is the ice tower forest. It lasts from 5000 to 5800 meters above the sea level on the mountain. The glaciers here adopt various elegant forms by the power of nature, especially wind force. It looks just like a vast garden of glacier.

Mount Shisha Pangma has a fairly high religious status in Tibet. Local residents regard it as a mountain of luck. They often praise the breathtaking mountain in their folk tales and songs. Mount Shisha Pangma has guarded Tibet and its people quietly for thousands of years.

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The Kangbu Spring

On August 26, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Nature Scenery, Tibet, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

The Kangbu Spring is located in the Yadong County of Shiqatse. It is one of the three famous spring in Shiqatse. The spring is situated 300 kilometers away from the downtown of Shiqatse, and 40 kilometers away from the township of Yadong County. In the Tibeten scripture, the spring is referred to as “the second […]

The Kangbu Spring is located in the Yadong County of Shiqatse. It is one of the three famous spring in Shiqatse. The spring is situated 300 kilometers away from the downtown of Shiqatse, and 40 kilometers away from the township of Yadong County. In the Tibeten scripture, the spring is referred to as “the second best place for recluse in the world”. In Tibeten language, the name of the Kangbu Spring means “the spring of medicine king”. The spring is split into 12 branches, and different branche can help cure different disease, such as arthritis, heart disease, headache, leprosy, and gynecopathy. The miraculous effectiveness of the spring attracts a large number of tourists every year. In the Kingdom of Bhutan, and Sikkim, the Kangbu Spring even enjoys a fame of “capable to cure all kinds of diseases”. The surrounding area of the spring is covered by lush vegetation. The earth is very fertile there, and contains rich minerals. Perhaps this is the reason why the spring has the wonderful effect of cure diseases. Now the spring and its surrounding have developed into a scenic spot for ecotourism.

There are 12 seperated spa pools beside the spring, each connected to one branch of the spring. There is no seperated spa pool for men only or women only. Men and women share the common spa pool. Recently a new thermae is also established there. It covers an area of 4000 square meters, with a floor area of 2062 square meters. There are two spa pools in the thermae now. In the spring and autumn of the year, many tourists visit the spa pools and the thermae to enjoy the amazing effectiveness of the spring. To meet their demand, local residents have built many recreation facilities around, like bars, restaurants, and KTVs. You can relieve stress, reduce fatigue, and relax yourself thoroughly during your trip to the Kangbu Spring.

Shigatse

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Karoula Glacier

On August 26, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Karoula Glacier, a wondrous masterpiece of nature, lies on the southern slope of Mount Naiqinkangsang, one of the four highest mountains in Tibet. On its top is an ice cap with gentle slopes, and at its bottom two ice tongues in the shape of hanging glacier. The one on the east measures 3 kilometres in […]

Karoula Glacier, a wondrous masterpiece of nature, lies on the southern slope of Mount Naiqinkangsang, one of the four highest mountains in Tibet. On its top is an ice cap with gentle slopes, and at its bottom two ice tongues in the shape of hanging glacier. The one on the east measures 3 kilometres in length and 750 metres in width, its tip 5,233 metres in height, while the one on the west being respectively 4.5 km, 1.5 km and 5,145 m. The entire glacier covers an area of 9.4 km2. The glacier scene on the slope is most marvellous. Viewed from afar, it resembles the mighty cloud rolling down from the sky, or the elaborate patterns by the hand of highly skilled sculptors. On the terrace shaped by ice erosion at the front of the ice tongue there are several wedge scratches of over 10 m long, 10-20 cm wide and 8-10 cm deep that run parallel to each other. This is rarely seen of the other glaciers in the world. The crystal blue-ish glacier extends from the mist-shrouded mountain peaks to only several hundred metres from the highway with cold wind blowing down the slope. Owing to the dust caused by the highway, the white and black parts have become distinguishable; however, the gleaming upper half of the glacier remains a miraculous sight.

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Shigatse

On August 26, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Ethnic Group Flavors, Popular Provinces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet about 300 kilometres from Lhasa. The Tibetan people call it “Shege Tse”, meaning “the manor of fertile soil”. Here, Yalu Tsangpo River converges with Nianchi River at a height of 3,836 meters above sea level. Shigatse enjoys 3,233 hours of sunshine per year, even more than Lhasa. The […]

Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet about 300 kilometres from Lhasa. The Tibetan people call it “Shege Tse”, meaning “the manor of fertile soil”. Here, Yalu Tsangpo River converges with Nianchi River at a height of 3,836 meters above sea level. Shigatse enjoys 3,233 hours of sunshine per year, even more than Lhasa. The dazzling collection of exquisite monasteries is sure to impress you: Tashilungpo Monastery, dwelling place of the Panchen Lamas and symbol of Tibet; Shalu Monastery, combination of the Tibetan and the Han culture; Palkor Chode, an artistic museum of towers and wall-painting; Sagya Monastery, shrine of Tibetan Buddhism.

More than 500 years old, Shigatse was once the centre of Tibetan politics and religion. Abundant sunshine, water and fertile soil make the city one of the granaries of Tibet. The modern Shigatse has seen rapid urban development, and its traffic system is convenient. If you travel south from Shigatse, you will come to Mount Everest—“the roof of the world”. Shigatse is well-known for its breathtaking scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains, picturesque primeval forests, aquamarine lakes and vast pasture, mysterious and legendary monasteries, unique local customs…you will never know the real Tibet until you come and see it in person.

Shigatse Attractions:

Kangbu Hot Spring

Karuola Glacier

Mount Shisha Pangma

Mount Everest

Tashilungpo Monastery

Shigatse Stories:

Shigatse customs

In the Shigatse region, the most important festival is the Tibetan New Year. The celebration begins from 29th December of the Tibetan Calendar. On this day, the local residents hold “Guqia”, meaning to do a thorough cleaning of their houses. During the cleaning, the kitchen receives special attention: people draw the Badge of the Eight Auspicious because the kitchen is said to be the dwelling place of the God of Water and the God of Cooking. In the evening, the locals hold the ghost-driving ceremony; then they have dinner with their families. The main dish is “Gutu” made from flour, cheese crumbs, lamb, carrot and ginseng fruit. On 30th, the last day of the year, people will decorate the Buddhist hall and put cereals and goat heads as sacrifice. On the Tibetan New Year’s Day, people will drink highland barley wine at three or four o’clock in the morning, exchange New Year blessings and enjoy dishes such as the goat heads, lamb and fried meat pans with families. This is the day when no one has to work or clean; also, nothing should be broken on this day because it is ominous. This is how the Tibetan people celebrate the Tibetan New Year.

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Tashilhunpo Monastery- Shigatse

On November 11, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Monasteries, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated  just west of a small city called Shigatse, which is the old ancient capital of Tibet it’s very pretty I would recommend a visit. The best way to get around is to do what the locals do and rent bikes, they cost about 30RMB they makes it really quick and easy […]

The Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated  just west of a small city called Shigatse, which is the old ancient capital of Tibet it’s very pretty I would recommend a visit. The best way to get around is to do what the locals do and rent bikes, they cost about 30RMB they makes it really quick and easy to sight-see and get around. However if that’s not your scene log onto china travel to get some great tours and travel tips.

Tashilhunpo Monastery

The Tashilhunpo Monastery sits at the top of the Nyima Mountain amongst vast landscape and beautiful scenery. It represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the last Tibetan spirit. The monastery is still fully working with monks praying and worshipping daily, it also attracts thousands of visiting Buddhist and tourist all year round. The Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447, the literal meaning of the name in Tibetan is ‘heap of glory’ since then the monastery has grown almost double in size. The Monastery is one of the four great monasteries of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, thus making it one of the must see places when visiting this area. The Monastery seeks to provide the Tibetan monks the best possible modern education, along with a deep and intimate understanding of the heritage of Tibet.

The view from the Monastery

A trip to the monastery is a very pleasant and relaxing day, it’s great to walk round and take in the natural and ornate buildings and status. Like many other places in china, the monastery has a magnificent golden roof  that can be seen reflecting the sun from miles away. If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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