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General Information of Shannan Prefecture


Another Name: Lhoka Prefecture
Population: 0.33 Million
Location: Located in the middle and lower stretches of the ancient Yarlung Valley, formed by the Yarlung Tsangpo River


Introduction of Shannan Prefecture (Lhoka Prefecture)


Shannan Prefecture is located in middle and lower stretches of the ancient Yarlung Valley and bounded by prefectures of Lhasa on the north, Nyingchi to the east, Shigatse on the west, and the International border with India and Bhutan on the south. Shannan prefecture covers an area of 79700 square kilometers and there are 14 minorities living here including Tibetans, the Monba, the Hui, the Luoba and the Han people.


In the ancient time, the Shannan Prefecture is known as the Yarlong area and it is the birthplace of Tibetan Civilization. Why is Shannan prefecture the birthplace of Tibetan Civilization? This is because the first farmland, the first palace and the first Buddhist monastery of Tibet are all found here.


Taking your China travel to Shannan prefecture, you will have a chance to visit the summer palace of the King of Tibetan in Tang Dynasty --The Yumbulagang Palace which was once the summer palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng (a princess of Tang Dynasty). If you are looking forwards to learn the Buddhism in Tibet, the Mindroling Monastery is also good for your China travel here. It is one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Nyingmapa Sect. Besides, other scenic spots such as Samye Monastery, Tradruk Monastery and Yamdrok Lake.


Famous Attractions in Shannan Prefecture (Lhoka Prefecture)


Yumbulagang Palace: It is the first palace in Tibet and built in the 2nd century. It was built for the first King of Tibet by Bon believers and became the summer palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng. This Palace is on the summit of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain and on the east bank of the Yarlung River. The beautiful scenery will amaze you.


Mindroling Monastery: Being one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the Nyingmapa Sect, the Mindroling Monastery was originally built in the late 10th century. The monastery works on presiding over the compilation of the Tibetan calendar and Tibetan books.


Samye Monastery: It is the fist Buddhist monastery in Tibet and famous for the sacred mandala design. If you are interesting in art and Tibetan culture, Samye Monastery is an ideal destination for you. It is also a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists.


Tradruk Monastery: Built by King songtsan Gampo and later became the winter palace of the King and Princess Wencheng in Tsetang. There is precious relic –The Pear Tangkha. Made of 29026 pearls and different precious stones, this relic is 2 meters in length and 1.2 meters in breadth.


Yamdrok Lake: As one of the three largest scared lakes in Tibet, the Yamdrok Lake is over 45 miles long. Around the lake are the marvelous mountains covered by the snow and various crystal clean streams run into the lakes.


Food in Shannan Prefecture (Lhoka Prefecture)


Being in Tibet, the food in Shannan prefecture is similar to the ones in Lhasa. Here you can take the food such as Tsamba, yak butter and chang. Besides, there are lots of Sichuan restaurants providing various Sichuan dishes. If you want know the most famous food in Shannan prefecture, the Yamdrok air-dry meat is the one. It is a famous local food and the special flavor will impress you. You can have a try.


Shopping in Shannan Prefecture (Lhoka Prefecture)


Having China travel in Shannan prefecture, you may want to get some souvenirs for your Chian Tibet travel. In Shannan Prefecture, the apron, Jiacha stone article and Yamdrok air-dry meat are the things worth to buy.


The apron in Shannan Prefecture is delicate and good in quality. The scrupulous selection of materials, the exquisite weaving skills and conspicuously bright colors of the aprons produced make the apron here is a piece of art work. The color will not fade and the durability of the apron will comfort you.


The Jiacha stone article is the second one you should buy in this China Tibet prefecture. It is famous for the graphite pot and bowls which is with the delicate patterns.


Yamdrok air-dry meat is the last one you should not miss. The material of the meat is beef or mutton. The food gets the name due to the making process. In Shannan prefecture, you can find this kind of food easily. Every family here can make it.


Travel Tips for Shannan Precfecture (Lhoka Prefecture)


There is no airport. The only way to get the Shannan prefecture is by express way. Coaches and minibuses are the most common traffic meaning in this area. You can take the coaches and minibuses from the Lhasa Coach Station.


Best Time to Visit Shannan Prefecture


The climate in Shannan prefecture is the semi-dry continental plateau climate and the China Tibet prefecture has four vague seasons with an annual average temperature of 5-8℃ (41-46.4℉). If you want to have a China travel to Shannan prefecture, the months April to October are the best time to visit Shannan.


Located in China Tibet, Shannan prefecture or called Lhoka Prefecture is another place for you China Tibet travel. It is the birthplace of Tibetan civilization. Having a China travel to Shannan prefecture, it is a tour to discover the primitive of Tibetan civilization.

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