A Short First Timers Guide to Trains in China

On September 20, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

During your China travel adventure, You may consider venturing out on the train for an interesting cultural experience, a day trip to somewhere new or simply as a method of transport from point A to B. Less hassle than catching a flight or taking a bus, the trains in China cover most of the important […]

During your China travel adventure, You may consider venturing out on the train for an interesting cultural experience, a day trip to somewhere new or simply as a method of transport from point A to B. Less hassle than catching a flight or taking a bus, the trains in China cover most of the important tourist destinations alongside local areas so you can travel to Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Tibet, Guangzhou and more depending on your itinerary.

 

Train Categories in China

Trains in China have multiple categories, distinguished by a letter (this precedes a number which corresponds to the route). ‘K’ and ‘T’ are the oldest and therefore slowest train types, with the middle category being the ‘Z’ train. Trains starting with a  ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘G’ are the newest and fastest trains, usually with the highest prices, although this is worthwhile if you are short of time and far from the price you would pay for the same distance in a western country.

 

Seat and Sleeper Classes in China

There are a variety of seat and sleeper classes on Chinese trains, however some are restricted to certain trains, for example long distance or popular routes. The types available are: Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper, Soft Seat, Hard Seat and the less often seen Deluxe Sleeper.

Soft sleeper is a 4 bed compartment with a lockable door, car attendant and occasionally, TV screens and power supplies. This is the most popular category for western tourists and nicely fits a family of four. The two lower bunks convert into sofa’s for daytime use. Hard sleeper is an open plan 6 bed partition and has no lockable door. These berths are popular with the backpacker crowd and travellers with a lower budget.

Soft and hard seats are similar to those on western trains, soft is slightly larger and more padded being equivalent to first class back home, whilst second class are cheaper and adequate, like standard train seats in Europe and America.

Deluxe sleepers are usually found on long distance overnight trains and consist of a private 2 bed compartment with private bathroom area. Travellers use these less often, as they are usually equivalent to the cost of a flight and generally occupied by government employees.

Train facilities

All except the oldest ‘K’ and ‘T’ trains are fully air conditioned and generally have both western and squat toilets available. Toilet paper is very rarely supplied so be prepared to bring your own supply for the journey. Smoking is only permitted outside of sleeping compartments and aisles, however the newer model trains have a non-smoking rule.

All long distance trains and those running a popular route have restaurants on board. They are housed in a restaurant car and those heading to or from major tourist orientated towns and cities will likely have an English menu. There are snacks, drinks and hot meals available. In addition to this there are usually hot water dispensers situated throughout the train should you wish to make your own hot drinks, soup or pot noodles.

 

Booking and Purchasing Tickets

You can purchase tickets prior to your arrival in China or through an agent, this is a stress free easier method especially if you don’t have a very flexible itinerary, however there will be an added fee for the convenience.

It is simple enough to book tickets yourself and large cities generally have an English speaking booth available. Tickets for the popular high speed trains usually come on sale up to 20 days before departure however the older and less used trains often leave it until 5 to 10 days before. It is recommended to take your passport as for certain routes and trains it needs to be presented in order for you to book a ticket. Another point to be aware of is you are only able to book a journey departing from the station you are at, so you cannot book a journey from Beijing to Xian if you are at Shanghai Central Station.

A recommended website for train travel throughout China (and other cities) with all other vital information including photographs is Seat 61. You can also book many train journeys within China online at China Travel Depot.

 

The Sangye Temple

On September 8, 2011, in Historical Relics, Mountain Areas, Museums, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi in the Shannan Prefecture in Tibet, beside the Yarlung Zangbo River. Built in the Tupo Period, it has a history for over a thousand years now. The Sangye Temple is one of the most famous ancient buildings in Tibet because of […]

The Sangye Temple is located on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi in the Shannan Prefecture in Tibet, beside the Yarlung Zangbo River. Built in the Tupo Period, it has a history for over a thousand years now. The Sangye Temple is one of the most famous ancient buildings in Tibet because of its uniqueness and grandness.

The Sangye Temple is like a large museum on Tibetan culture. You can find historical and cultural relics on almost every aspects of Tibet in the temple, for example, frescos, statues, small buildings, and precious documents on history or religion of Tibet. The main hall of the temple, the Wuzi Hall, adopted a very special mixed architectural style. The first storey of it represents typical Tibetan style, while the second storey is built in Chinese style, and the third storey,  Indian style. Because of the unique architectural style, people also called the temple “Three-style Temple”.

The frescos on the walls of the temple are exquisite and rich in content. The most famous of them is the 92 meter long fresco “History”. It shows the history of Tibet and some ancient legends on it. The “Origin of Lotus” on the southern wall of the second storey of the Ming Gallery describes the customs in Tibet. Visitors will acquire a general knowledge of Tibet and the Sangye Temple through the frescos.

The Sangye Temple has a colorful history. After being established in 779 BC, the then king of Tibet, Trisong Detsen, invited many profound lamas from India, China, and Khotan to visit the temple and give lectures there. He also picked out 7 aristocratic members, ordered them to get tonsures and be permanent lamas in the temple. They were the first lamas in the temple. The seven lamas all became famous religious master later. They were called “the Seven Masters of the Sangye Temple”, and honored as the founders of Tibetan Buddhism. Trisong Detsen was also highly praised for his efforts to promote Buddhism in Tibet.

Visitors can enjoy the overview of temple from the top of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi beside it. From there you can see the magnificent exterior of the temple, and the beautiful Sangye Village where it locates. If you don’t want to climb all the way up to the top of the mountain, you can enjoy it from the pagoda on the mountainside as well. It is advisable for visitors to bring a flashlight with them during the visit, because the inside of it is often too dark to see anything. Nestling on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi, the weather beaten temple welcomes a great many tourists every year.

The Sangye Temple Attractions

The Wuzi Hall

The Sangye Temple Stories

The fifth king of the Tubo Dynasty, Trisong Detsen, was the son of Princess Jincheng from the Tang Dynasty. In 754 BC, to consolidate his power, he adopted Buddhism from Indian and promoted it in Tibet. Establishing a splendid Buddhist temple in Tibet was part of his plan, too.

King Trisong Detsen ordered several architects to build a temple on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. But the temple fell apart during the building for no reason. The King asked a Buddhist master for advice, and he said the reason was that the place where the temple was to be built was haunted by ghost. So the king invited a powerful master from another country, Master Lotus, to kill the ghost. Master Lotus drove the ghosts away with his power easily. After he finished his job, he use his magic to make an illusion of a beautiful temple appear on the foot of the Holly Mountain of Haiburi. The king was so amazed that he shouted out, “Sangye! (Literally mean beyond one’s expectation in Tibetan)”, because it was exactly the temple he pictured in his mind. So after the temple was built, he named it “the Sangye Temple” to in memory of those difficulties that had been overcome during the establishment.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

On September 6, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Drepung Monastery is on the south slop of Genpeiwuzi Mountain which is ten kilometers away from Lhasa. It is built in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung Monastery is one of six Tibetan Buddhism Temples […]

Drepung Monastery is on the south slop of Genpeiwuzi Mountain which is ten kilometers away from Lhasa. It is built in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung Monastery is one of six Tibetan Buddhism Temples and the biggest temple in the world. Before 1949, there were over ten thousand lamas there. The Genpeiwuzi Mountain is ten kilometers to the west of Lhasa. It is three thousand, eight hundred meters above sea level. Drepung Monastery covers an area of 200,000 square meters with seven colleges. It was firstly named Baiding Drepung Monastery. Then it changed to just Drepund Monastery. Drepung was divided into seven great colleges: Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Shagkor (Shag-skor), Gyelwa (rGyal-ba) or Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling), Dulwa (‘Dul-ba), and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa). Since 1464, Buddhist classics have been imparted there. Lamas in the Drepung Monastery are very kind. You can invite some of them to tour around the monastery with you. They can explain a lot of history of the Drepung Monatery. The seven colleges merged into four colleges. Most of the buildings in the Drepung Monastery were built during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1636 -1911). The Dajing Hall in the Drepund Monastery is very magnificent. There are one hundred and eighty-three pillars holding the hall. The sculptures on those pillars are exquisite. In the hall, there are Buddhist statues and paintings on the walls.

Drepung Monastery attractions

Cuoqin Palace

Four Zhacang

Gandanpozhang Palace

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon (Yarlung Zangbo Daxiagu)

On August 30, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Chinese Towns & Villages, Rivers & Gorges, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon (simplified Chinese: 雅鲁藏布大峡谷; pinyin: Yǎlǔzàngbù Dàxiágǔ) or simply the Tsangpo Canyon or Tsangpo Gorge, is the longest and widest canyon the world. There is the most beautiful mounta in in China —-Namcha Barwa Peak. Also there are four cataracts with waterfalls between 30 to 50 metres. In the Yarlung Zangbo […]

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon (simplified Chinese: 雅鲁藏布大峡谷; pinyin: Yǎlǔzàngbù Dàxiágǔ) or simply the Tsangpo Canyon or Tsangpo Gorge, is the longest and widest canyon the world. There is the most beautiful mounta in in China —-Namcha Barwa Peak. Also there are four cataracts with waterfalls between 30 to 50 metres. In the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, there are nine natural belts with all kinds of species including many rare and precious ones.

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon scenic zone locates in Linzhi, a border town in Tibet. There are extremely gorgeous views such as Namcha Barwa Peak, Niyang River, Daduka Castle and Jialabailei Peak. Travellers can explore adventures in Shengdijiala, walk on the Motuo Route, visit Wujinbeilong and go to the Jiala Palace. Nature spreads every step here. In villages of the Tibetan, Luoba and Menba ethnic groups, you can feel a mysterious, historical and religious atmosphere everywhere.

The north of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is Daduka Village of Milin County (2880 metres above the sea level). The south of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is Baxika Village of Motuo County (115 metres above the sea level). The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is 504.9 kilometres long. Its average depth is 2800 metres and it can reach 6009 metres at the deepest place. The Yaulu Zangbo Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the world. In the canyon glacier, cliffs and steep slopes connect together with big rivers. The natural environment is very hard for people to conquer. Until now, there are still a lot of places in the Yaulu Zangbo Grand Canyon that mankind has never been to. It is called the last mysterious spot in the earth.

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Stories

1. Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

It is said the sacred mountain Gangrenboqin Snowy Mountain had four children. They are Yarlung Zangbo River, Shiquan River, Xiangquan River and Kongque River. The four children set up a deal to set off separately and meet each other at the Indian Ocean. Yarlu Zangbo had been through many difficulties and then reached the Gongbu Area. However he was deceived by a sparrow hawk. Seeing the other three had gotten to the Indian Ocean earlier than him, he run into the Nanjiabawa Peak immediately. He rushed all the way, and did not care about high mountains and steep cliffs in order to meet his brothers and sisters as soon as possible. What he couldn’t foresee was that, he jumped into the cliff and he could not make it through ever again. Therefore he stayed at the cliff for the rest of his time and it was in the legend how the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon was formed.

2. Huge Pines along the Yarlung Zangbo River

Once upon a time when the first Tibetan temple Sana Temple was being built, slaves were trying to transfer woods into the location of the timple by water. The construction of the temple lasts for years and many slaves died during this period. A virtuous raven saw all this. It thought it was such a pity. So it stood on the mountain and shouted to the slaves that,’’ The temple has been built. There is no need for woods. Don’t move them anymore.” Hearing this, the slaves stopped their work immediately. Many of woods were abandoned along the river. Then these woods settled their roots into the ground. The woods grew into huge pines along the Yarlung Zangbo River. However this raven was punished by the Budda later. It could not cross the Jiazha Mountain anymore. Thus people can only see raven in one side of the mountain. There is not even one raven in the other side.

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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