Tibetan Provinces / Shannan
Shannan - Birthplace of Tibetan Culture
|Location of Shannan in Tibet|
Shannon is the birthplace of Tibetan culture. On the southern bank of the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, it is 3,600 meters above sea level. Shannan has a temperate climate.
Yalong Scenic Area
In Shannan Prefecture, it is a picturesque gallery composed of pastureland, river valleys, the snow-clapped mountains and glaciers and ancient religious sites. The customs are unique here. Also it has rich varieties of plantations, distributed vertically according to the changes of elevation. The historical and cultural sites include the earliest palace Yombulagang in Tibet, the first temple Samyae Monastery in Tibet, the earliest Buddhist hall Changzhug Monastery and the tombs of the Tibetan kings. In total there are some 40 scenic spots in the area.
Tombs of the Tibetan Kings
On the Mure Mountain opposite to Qonggyai County seat in Shannan Prefecture, this burial ground of the 29th-40th Tsanpos of the Turbo kingdom is the only group of the tombs of the Tibetan kings in Tibet and has a history of more than 1,300 years. Today nine are visible, but only those of Songtsan Gambo and Trisong Detsen can be verified. Others have to be verified later.
(Tourists can take a coach from Zetang to Qonggyai County seat and then change for a taxi.)