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Yamdrok Lake - the most beautiful lake in the world

Yamdrok Lake, as a beautiful and pure lake at an elevation of about 4441 meters above sea level, together with Lake Manasarovar and Namtso Lake, is considered as the top three holy lakes in Tibet. Located on the south bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River in Shannan Region of Tibet, Yamdrok Lake is surrounded by a lot of great snow mountains. It was formed by a big river which blocked by the falling of giant glacier about 100 million years ago. In Tibetan, “Yamdrok” means a lake of jade lies in the heaven and it's considered to be the turquoise earrings dropped by Goddess. As a vast inland lake with an area of 675 square kilometers, Yamdrok Lake appeared fantastic blue, like a sapphire on the Shannan Plateau.

How to Get to Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake is situated in NagarzĂȘ County, Shannan Region where is an area to the south of Lhasa in Tibet at a distance of about 100 kilometers. The best route getting to Yamdrok Lake is along the road between Lhasa and Shigatse.

You can get to Yamdrok …

Mandala in Tibetan Buddhism

Mandalas

The Tibetan mandala is a way to grow in mercy and reach enlightenment. It’s considered to be modern of both the inner world and the central university where gods live. As an important tool for healing, Tibetan mandala is usually designed in symmetrical shapes with a central point and a pattern of alternate circles and squares. When monks and yogis practice meditation, they usually concentrate on the mandala and imagine them fall into the paradise in the picture. It’s a great honor to communicate with the divine consciousness and be blessed by the deities who reside in one’s subconscious. The mandala can be a great help to the spiritual ascension.

The Sand Mandala

Mandalas drawn with sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are considered to have the effect of healing and purification. Generally, a master who is highly respected choose the specific image for mandala before the creation, then the monks begin to draw an outline for the sand mandala by blessing to the site with sac…

Sakya Monastery - The Second Dunhuang

Sakya Monastery is a great Tibet monastery which located to the west of Shigatse at a distance of 160 km. Sakya means gray-and-white soil relate to the white and glossy soil on the south side of the Bonbori Hill where the temple was founded.

As the center of Sakya Sect in Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya Monastery was established in 1073 by Konchok Gyelpo who once was a Nyingmapa monk of noble blood and became the first Sakya Trizin later. It was painted in red, white and navy blue as the symbol of Bodhisattva Manjusri, Avalokitesvara, and Vajrapani Bodhisattva respectively.

Sakya Monastery is divided into two parts by the Zhongqu River. The northern part Situated on the rock below the gray and white soil of the Bonbori Hill on the north bank while the southern part is located in the flat land on the south side of the river. Founded in 1073 by Konchok Gyelpo, the Northern Monastery was simple and crude in the beginning. By the effort of his son who is the patriarch of Sakya Sect and After exte…

Milarepa Meditation Cave

As a legend in the Tibetan tales, Milarepa is one of the greatest yogis all around Tibet. He learned from Marpa Lotsawa and became a leading figure in the Kagyu sect. Milarepa Meditation Cave was the retreat where Milarepa practiced yogic meditation for nearly one year after completion of his studies from Marpa Lotsawa.

Located in Nyalam where is a beautiful Tibetan county closed to Kathmandu, Milarepa Meditation Cave is one of the most important tourist attractions not to be missed on a Tibet-Nepal trekking. Nyalam is a county with stone buildings built at an altitude of 3,750 meters. It’s called the road to hell by traders of the two countries because the mountain road between Nyalam and China-Nepal border once was rough and narrow. Heading north from Nyalam the road fall rapidly through Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. Nyalam is just 30 km away from Nepal border, and 152 km away from Kathmandu by the Sino-Nepalese Highway.

Milarepa Cave is 11 km north from the center of Nyalam, it stoo…

Ganden Monastery - one of the top three monasteries in Lhasa

As the first temple of Gelug sects in Tibetan Buddhism, Ganden Monastery was established by Tsongkhapa who is one of the greatest masters in Buddhism. With a history of over 600 years, the ancient monastery has played an important role in the historical process of Tibet. “Ganden” means Tusita Heaven in Tibetan which is a pure land illuminated by the light of Maitreya. By the meaning of eternal glory, another name “ Yongshou ”granted by Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty is the proof of its influence power.

Located on a mountain called Wangbori on the south bank of Lhasa River, Ganden Monastery is a vast architectural complex at an altitude of 3800 meters. It’s made up of more than 50 structures such as Yangbagyain Hall, Lagyi Hall, Chitokang and Angyiukang.

Ganden Monastery was built in the early fifteenth Century. At that time, Tsongkhapa was trying to make reform in Tibetan Buddhism. In early 1409, a grand ceremony was held in the Jokhang Temple by this founder of the Yellow Sect…

The divine Jokhang Temple

Located in the center of old Tibet Lhasa city, the Jokhang Temple was included in World Heritage list in November 2000 as an extension part of Potala Palace. With an area of more than 25000 square meters, it is the holy of holies for pilgrims who have a strong belief in Buddhism.

History

The Jokhang Temple was founded in the golden age of Tubo dynasty in the seventh century. As the top Tibetan Buddhism Temples in Lhasa, it’s considered to be the most sacred place where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue have been placed. There is a moving tale about the remarkable statue of Buddha. In the period of the reign of Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, Tubo dynasty was a prosperous and strong state. In order to make more progress, Songtsen Gampo sent ambassadors to the powerful Tang Dynasty and asked for connections through marriages. Finally, Emperor Taizong of Tang consented to the marriage and sent Princess Wencheng into Tibet to marry Songtsen Gampo. The 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue …

the Potala Palace

With a height of 170 meters, the Potala Palace is the most magnificent structure all around Tibet. Located on a hill to the north side of the center Tibet Lhasa city, the ancient palace is the highest palace and the soul of great Tibet. Once Potala Palace was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and now it still the center of Tibet and a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism.

With an elevation of 3700 meters, the Potala Palace is a pearl on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The grand palace was built on the top of a hill called red mountain with an area of 360 thousand square meters. According to the tale, there is a sacred cave in the red mountain where Avalokiteshvara (the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas) lived. It’s said that Emperor Songtsen Gampo once practiced yogis and meditation in the same cave in the seventh century. Not long after, the Potala Palace was set up by Songtsen Gampo for the marriage with Princess Wencheng.

Most of the ancient buildings were destroyed in war afte…

Gyirong - A pearl shine on the south foot of Himalayas

By the meaning of ”comfortable village”, “happy village”, Gyirong was named by Guru Rinpoche in 8 century. The pure land shines on the south foot of the Himalayas like a pearl. Gyirong, like a fair young maiden, is vitally and loveliness. Hidden in the mountains for thousands of years, the mysterious place was known to the world in recent years. Located in the border area of China, Gyirong is an important town connect China and Nepal. The Yarlung Zangbo River flows through and makes Gyirong a fertile ground. The charming color of the canyon changing with the sunlight, it makes the Gyirong a beautiful place on the plateau.

Gyirong is a unique land with breathtaking views and moving stories. Ancient cultures and customs are preserved in perfect there. When you on a Lhasa Tibet tour to Gyirong, you may fall in love with the paradise at the edge of the world.

A major gateway to Nepal

Gyirong is an important line of communications connected China and Nepal for hundred years. The border lin…

Norbulingka - Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas

As the largest artificial garden in Tibet, Norbulingka Palace is an important tourist attraction by the side of Lhasa city. Norbulingka means “Park of Treasure” in Tibetan and once it was the summer palace where Dalai Lamas processed the affairs of government and held religious services. As a part of the ancient architectural complex of the Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace was accepted to be a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. Norbulingka Palace was built in 1755 and it had been expanded for hundreds of years. Today it has become a large-scale garden with an area of 360,000 square meters and more than 374 rooms. Dotted with many different kinds of precious flowers and plants, Norbulingka Palace is called the botanical gardens of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. With the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere, you could relax with a calm mind when you walk in the pure land.
How to Get to Norbulingka
Located in the downtown of Tibet Lhasa city, Norbulingka Palace is easy to reach. It’s just 2.5 k…