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NYINGCHI (KONGPO) PREFECTURE
Nyingchi Prefecture, previously Tibetan's Kongpo area, this land is situated in the lower reach of the Yarlung Tsangbo River. This climate is uniquely mild and wet at an altitude of 3,000 meters, bordering India and Burma to the south and Yunnan Province to the east. A considerable allotment of lakes, glaciers and waterfalls makes the region chock full of breathtaking natural wonders. One of the main attraction is the Yarlung Tsangbo River which cuts through the Himalayas, forming the Grand Yarlung Tsangbo Canyon, the deepest in the world, at the foot of Mt. Namjagbarwa. The Medong Nature Reserve is famed for its great variety of rare species of plants. The Tsayu area with semi-tropical climate and vegetation is popular with nature-lovers. Lake Basumtso and other exceptional scenery of natural wonder are also admired tourist attractions. The region is known as 'Tibetan Jiangnan', which means those regions to the south of the Yangtze River. The Tibetans refer to the area as, 'the throne of the sun'. As China's third largest forested region, Nyingchi covers 80% of the Tibetan area forest resources that once belonged to Tibet. See Tibetan Mountains.
   
KONGPO NATURE RESERVES KONGPO CULTURAL TREASUREHOUSE
Pemako National Fauna and Flora Reserve, Dzayul Rare Fauna and Flora Reserve and Pagqi Cypress Reserve all have a spectacular variety of flora and fauna, including over 3500 plants and trees, even palm trees. Over 100 different species of wildlife can be found here, including the magnificent Bengal tigers, pangolins, red-chested parrots, boas and yakins.

Due to the vast river, glacier, and waterfall resources in this Tibetan land now occupied by China, the area provides a wealthy supply of water resources and wondrous beauty. These areas can be reached by highways from Sichuan, Yunnan, Lhasa and the Shannan Region.

The Tibetan area Kongpo, now referred to as Nyingchi Prefecture has a history of over 4,000 years. Practicing the Bon Religion here for centuries, Tibetans enjoyed this fertile land along with other ethnic groups like the Menpa, Luopa, Naxi, Dulong, and Deng, and others. There may be as many as ten unique groups in the area, many who continue their cultural traditions in spite of the current climate. It is no wonder some groups still cling to life in the canyons of this wilderness. The Menpa/Monba and the Luopa/Lhoba people still carry on their primitive but distinctive customs in the deepest part of the Great Canyon.  
 

 

BAYI TOWN

TSETANG (Zetang)
The administrative office of the Nyingchi Prefecture is located in Bayi Town. It's a bustling Chinese city with plenty of hotels and services. At 2,900 meters above sea level, this city is surrounded by green mountains, with abundant rain and a pleasant climate. Before the 1960s Bayi Town was a desolate flood land, an open wilderness where wildlife abounded. The town then had two small temples with a population of nomads and farmers. Later, to commemorate the People's Liberation Army's contribution to the construction of the "Lhabagar" town, it was renamed Bayi Town. Under Chinese rule, the small rural community became a city of wool mills, power plants, timber mills, paper mills, printing houses, and building materials businesses. Only in the late nineties and the years following did this town explode into a population of 14,000, workers needed to harvest these forests for expansion all over China. Although Bayi Town itself doesn't have much to see, it's a good stopping over point to get supplies and map out your journey into the surrounding regions. Come to old Kongpo while the forests still stand and the nomads still linger. Zetang, as the birthplace of the earliest Tibetans, sits on the south bank in the middle section of the Yarlung Tsangbo River. It has a  moderate climate at an altitude of 3,600 meters. The scenic area nearby is the a series of national parks, one of which is where Samya Monastery and Yarlung River scenic area is located. Also Yumbu Lhakang Palace. Located in the center of the Yarlung valley, Yumbu Lhakang is a medieval-European-castle-like structure, reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet. It was built by or for, Nyatri Tsanpo in the 2nd century B.C., a Tibetan king. In the 7th century it reportedly became the summer palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng. With traditional Tibetan colors of red and white, it has the ambiance of a Tibetan castle, it's rock structure amazing. The view of the valley from the top of the edifice is breathtaking. Traduk Monastery is also nearby.
SAMYE MONASTERY CHONGKYE - TOMB OF THE KINGS
Samye Monastery is built on the site of the first formal Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Although a number of Buddhist temples predated the Samye monastery, Buddhism was still resisted by the aristocratic Bonpo families. In response, King Trisong Detsen invited Padmasambhava to Tibet to subdue hostile elemental forces. At Samye, he crushed the local demons and consecrated the site for Tibet's first monastery. To get to Samye one must cross the river in a wooden boat, then ride for six or so dusty miles in the back of a truck. It isn't easy, but it is well worth the trouble for the adventurous. The entire construction is designed in accordance with the shape of a "mandala." Forest-like stupas pop high into the clouds, while the entire building is royally expansive, the temple rising into the heavens. Truly there is no other monastery remaining like Samye, with a rare combination of architectural styles, wood and stone carvings and magnificent frescos. Sadly, the monastery suffered considerable damage during the Cultural Revolution, but restorations are now underway. This is the only site where a group of Tibetan royal tombs have been discovered. Covering a total of 3.85 million square meters, the Tombs of Tibetan kings in Chongkye County offer an amazing glimpse into the Tibetan past during the Tupo Dynasty. Buried here are the most important people of their time, from royal concubines, ministers and kings between the 29th-40th generations of the Tubo era. Remarkable enough is the pristine area the royals choose as their last resting place. Having all of the Tibetan kingdom to select from they chose Chongkye with it's treasures of natural beauty, shady trees and glorious wild flower. Of all the tombs, you will certainly be impressed by the tomb of Songtsan Gampo's. Imagine his power and prestige, all that he accomplished, everything he enjoyed and possessed. Still, as with all humans, he moved on to that ether world, to the bardo and beyond, maybe to the heavens or maybe to another life. For all we know, he was now be a worm in our garden or a snow lion or an enlightened Buddha amonst us. To witness this burial ground is to honor all those who have lived before us and all those who live after us, offering hope for us all.
  TRADUK MONASTERY
As one of the earliest monasteries in Tibetan Buddhist history, Traduk Monastery was built back in 641 A.D.. Imagine it! King Songtsan Gampo established the temple to suppress the ogress (ogre, see Religion) in order to gain prosperity for his kingdom. At one time may have been used as the winter palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng. Of all the treasures, art and relics kept in this monastery, the pearled Tangka -- "Avalokitesvara at his rest" is the most remarkable one. Stop by while you are in the Shannon area and enjoy the historical significance of this wondrous place.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       

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