Shannan

Shannan is also named Lhoka in Tibet which is a long-standing prefecture-city located in southeast Tibet. With the development of tourism and transportation of Shannan, it is turned to be a popular tourists’ destination featuring in both natural landscape and cultural relics. In addition, it enjoys about 10 Firsts in Tibet, including the first palace, the first King, the first monastery, the first slavery regime, the first farm land, the first village, etc.

Highlights of Shannan

Yungbulakang Palacethe first palace in Tibetan history with a long history of more than 2100 years.

Lake YamdrokLake Yamdrok, Lake Manasarovar and Lake Namtso are the three holy lakes in Tibet.

Trandruk Templethe first monastery in Tibetan history that belongs to Gelug sect.

Samye TempleThe famous murals in Samye Temple record the historical affairs of the introduction of Buddhism and many buddhist stories.

Mindroling Monasteryan important monastery for studying the history and doctrines of Nyingma sect, a sect that focus on astronomy and calendar.

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Shannan Attractions

With some breathtaking natural landscape and distinguished cultural sites, Shannan brings every tourist a lifetime journey. Yamdrok Lake is the best choice for you to relax and take some nice shots if you prefer a natural attraction and is also one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. For those tourists who are interested in Buddhist culture or history, you can pay a visit to Yungbulakang Palace and Samye Monastery. Yarlung Tsangpo River is also a visual treat on [...]

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Shannan Tours

Being one of the top destinations in Tibet, Shannan will never let you down. You can spend a leisure time around Yamdrok Lake and immerse yourself in the strong Buddhist atmosphere by visiting the landmarks of Shannan. As Shannan neighbors to Lhasa, Shannan Tours are often combined with Lhasa attractions. Mysterious Tibet can help you to customize a trip to Shannan and guarantee you a lifetime journey. If you have any problems, just contact us. [...]

Climate & When to Go

Shannan(Lhoka) enjoys a temperate and dry climate, with average annual rainfall of less than 450 millimeters. The rainy season is concentrated between June and September. Annual sunshine is between 2,600 and 3,300 hours. Average annual temperature is between 6.0 and 8.8 degrees Celsius, with the record high at 31 degrees and a low at 37 degrees below zero. Average annual wind speed is about 3 meters/second, with the fastest speed at 17 meters/second. The windy season is concentrated between December and [...]

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Transportation

Shannan is also named Lhoka in Tibet which is a long-standing prefecture-city located in southeast Tibet. It literally means the south of mountain. Shannan gets its name from its location, which is in the south side of Gangdise Mountains and Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. It is bounded by Lhasa to North, Nyingchi to east, Shigatse on west and border with India and Bhutan on the south internationally, covering a long boundary line of 600km. Due to the development in [...]

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Festivals and Activities

According to the long record of Shannan(Lhoka) history, it has many "firsts" honor and that’s the reason why Lhoka was recognized as "the cradle of Tibetan culture". They are: the first king of Tibet - Nie Chi Zanpu; the first palace - Yungbulakang; the first temple - Tradruk Monastery; the first piece of farmland-Sedom(索当); the first sutra classics; the first Tibetan Opera, etc., were all born in Shannan. Many festivals are held in Shannan region in its counties, [...]

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Travel Tips

Shannan is also named Lhoka in Tibet which is a long-standing prefecture-city located in southeast Tibet. Shannan can be listed as the first destination in your itinerary in Tibet. While Some other travelers take Lhasa as the starting point and then transfer to Shannan instead. It is usual to undertake a 6-day tour combining Shannan and Lhasa. 1. Useful Numbers Fire: 119 Police: 110 Area code: 0893 Ambulance: 120 Weather Broadcast: 121  Consumer Complaint: 12315 Local Phone Number Inquiries: 114 Long-distance Phone Number Inquiries: 113 Read More: Useful Numbers for Travelers in Tibet 2. [...]

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Useful Maps

Located in southeast Tibet, Shannan gets its name from its location which is in the south side of Gangdise Mountains and Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. It is bounded by Lhasa to North, Nyingchi to east, Shigatse on west and border with India and Bhutan on the south internationally, covering a long boundary line of 600km.  If we go to somewhere new, maps are good support for us. To help you have a better understanding of Shannan, we provide you different Shannan maps including [...]

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Shannan Accommodation

Where to Stay Shannan(Lhoka) hotels mostly gather in Tsetang town because of its travel resources. Accommodation of Tsetang is not that super but relatively pleasant. Travel resources here are abundant. Besides, the Tibet famous Samye Monastery, the Yungbulakang Palace and Trandruk Monastery are very close to Tsetang Town. We offer some hotels as follows for your reference. 1. Name: Shannan Hotel(山南宾馆) Tel:(0893)7669888 Add: No. 2 Hunan Road, Tsetang Town, Nêdong District, Shannan, Tibet Autonomous Region(西藏自治区山南市乃东区泽当镇湖南路2号) 2. Name: Longma Hotel(龙马宾馆) Tel: (0893)7835388 Add: [...]

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