Tsetang

Tsetang
Tsetang, the birthplace of earliest Tibetans, the known Tubo kingdom, sits on the south bank of the middle part of the Yarlung Tsangbo River with a moderate climate at an altitude of 3,600 meters. Tsetang is 191kilometres from Lhasa and 87 kilometers from the Gonggar Airport. The nearby Yarlung River scenic area is a national scenic park with Samye Monastery, Yumbu Lhakang Palace, burial site for Tsampos and Traduk Monastery spotting the region. Tsetang is also the centre of the Yarlung River Scenic Region, the only Star-level scenic region in Tibet.

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In Tsetang, the most famous touristy site is Samye Monastery. Built in the mid-8th century, Samye is the first formal Buddhist Monastery with the Buddha Dharma and Sangha in Tibet. The whole construction of the monastery, for the stupas forest-like, the building high and expansive, the scale grand and broad, is designed in accordance with the shape of "mandala" layout, and furthermore, the monastery is well-known to the whole world for the highlighted and mixed perfection of Han, Tibetan and Indian architecture style in the main hall and the numerous relics such as wood and stone carvings, frescos and statues kept in the monastery. As described in a historical book, this monastery is considered "an unimaginable construction and incomparable monastery".

Traduk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibetan history. It is said that King Songtsan Gampo built the monastery to suppress the demon for prospering his kingdom in 641 A.D. And later it became the winter palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng in Shannan. Of all the treasures and relics kept in this monastery, the pearled Tangka -- "Avalokitesvara at his rest" is the most remarkable one. It is really worthwhile for visitors.

At an elevation of 3560metres, the town covers 3 square kilometers, hosting 17000people. As the pivot of communication in southern Tibet, Tsetang has complete facilities in commerce, food, finance, transportation and sanitation.