Tibetan Provinces / Qamdo
Qamdo - a Bright Pearl in East Tibet
|Location of Qamdo in Tibet|
Qamdo is a beautiful, vast and rich area in the valleys of Jinsha, Nujiang and Lancang rivers at the foot of Hengduan Mountain. It attracts tourists from home and abroad with its wonderful mountains, rivers, dense forests, historical sites and simple local folklore.
One of the three large primeval cultural ruins in Tibet and from the New Stone Age, the Karub ruins has a 4,000-year history. They are located in Karub Village, Jagka District, and are 12 kilometers to the southeast of Qamdo County seat. The ruins have an elevation of 3,100 meters and cover an area of 10,000 square meters. Studies have provided they were once a large-scale primeval village.
(No regular buses to go there, tourists have to ask for a lift or take a taxi in Qamdo County seat. It takes about 100 yuan by taxi for going and back.)
Village of Painters
Garma is famous as the village of painters. It has a history of more than 800 years in painting Thangka pictures and murals. Painters from this village established the Gardeng Garzhub painting school, which is created by local painters.
Chamoling Wild Deer Domestication Tourist Area
This tourist area includes such scenic spots as the Chagyima Grand Hall, Karmardo Pagoda Forest, Norong Valley, Holy Mountain Deqing Photrang, Yiri Hot Springs and highland pastures.
(All the scenic spots can be reached by bus and have lodging facilities. Riwoqe County seat has hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. Some 30 kilometers from the county seat, there are the Chagyima Grand Hall and Holy Mountain Deqing Photrang, Chamoling and wild deer domestication center, Norong Valley, Kamardo Pagoda Forest and Riwoqe County seat. You can stay in the county seat for the nights.)