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Tsetang (also Tsedang, Zêtang, Zedang or Tsethang) capital of the Shannan Prefecture, is one of the largest cities in Tibet, located 183 km southeast of Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Tsetang was the capital of Yarlung and, as such, a place of great importance. In the 19th century it is said to have contained some 1,000 houses, a bazaar, a gompa and a fort. Today, it is now an important Chinese administrative centre and army base. The centre of town is a modern, thoroughly Chinese city where you’ll find decent restaurants, mid-range accommodation and a couple of internet cafes. The more interesting area is the small former Tibetan town, and the monasteries clustered there on the slope of Gangpo Ri, one of Ü’s four sacred mountains.

Tsetang boasts a comparatively mild climate than it is found in Lhasa, and the combination of stunning natural landscapes and unique ancient culture makes it one of the most important cultural sites in Tibet. As the birthplace of earliest Tibetans, it was here in Tsetang that the first Tibetan kings ruled the lands, and where the first building, first monastery, and first farm were founded.
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The city is accepted as the birthplace of the earliest Tibetans, who, as legends have it, were the manifestation of a monkey and beautiful cannibal ogress mating.
Dawa Tsering
Tibet Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Tsetang

Chimpuk-Meditation-Cave

Chimpuk Meditation Cave

Chim-puk Hermitage is a collection of cave shrines northeast of Samye that grew up over the centuries and one of the most popular centers for practicing self-meditation. Initiated by the Guru Rinpoche in the eighth century, the hotspot has since served as the meditation place for many a great king and guru. The center boasts over 100 meditation caves, sky burial stages and a Buddhist nunnery. The location offers the perfect setting to achieve absolute serenity, nestled amongst a beautiful mountain-scape, with green rolling hills and clear, moving waters. Visitors may use the space as a meditation center, or simply visit and take in the incredible splendor and unique energy the spiritual space.
Samye-Monastery

Samye Monastery

The Samye Monastery is thought to be the first temple built in Tibet founded in the 8th century by King Trisong Detsen, complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Visitors come from near and far to see this incredibly well-maintained link to a fascinating past with their own eyes. The Monastery is notable as the site of the “Great Debate,” that took placed during the year 792-794 between the Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Chan, or Zen, Buddhists. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach the spiritual destination.


Yungbulakang-Palace

Yumbulagang Palace (or Yumbu Lakhang)

Acknowledged as the first building in Tibet, the Yumbulagang Palace was built over 2,000 years ago. A fine, tapering finger of a structure that sprouts from a craggy ridge overlooking the patchwork fields of the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the panoramic view from the palace is second to none. The palace is named after its shape, “Yumbu” meaning dear and “Lagang” meaning sacred place. It is dedicated to the worship of Shakyamuni Buddha, however wall paintings vividly depict the first king of Tibet.

The founding of Yumbulagang stretches back into legend and myth. The standard line is that is was built for King Nyentri Tsenpo, a historic figure who has long since blurred into mythology. Legend has him descending from the heavens and being received as a king by the people of the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley.
Tradruk-Temple

Tradruk Temple

One of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibetan history, Traduk Temple was built in 641 A.D. Many legends surround the establishment of the temple. The temple is composed of three parts - the main hall, the room utilized for the turning of the prayer wheel that encircles a great porch, and the porch courtyard. A consecrated Sanshi Buddha image made entirely of copper castings is unlike any other in the vicinity. The Pearl Tangka is another impressive sight. The embroidered tapestry is made up of nearly 30 000 precious minerals including pearls, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and gold. Its preservation is a near miracle as it has been passed down through several generations without being damaged or lost, even through socio-political turbulence and war.

Best Time to Visit Tsetang

Best time to visit Tsetang is from the month of April to November when the weather is mild. The temperature between night and day varies considerably around 10°C, sometimes even more than 20°C.

The town of Tsetang experiences moderate dry weather conditions throughout the year. The annual average temperature of the region ranges from a minimum of 7°C to a maximum of 9°C in December. Tsetang receives the largest amount of rainfall during the months of July and August, during which the temperature extends to the highest point of over 20°C.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
7
Feb
9
Mar
12
Apr
15
May
19
Jun
22
Jul
21
Aug
20
Sep
19
Oct
16
Nov
11
Dec
8
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
0
Feb
0
Mar
4
Apr
10
May
23
Jun
68
Jul
114
Aug
107
Sep
57
Oct
9
Nov
2
Dec
0
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
7ºC
0mm

FEB
9ºC
0mm

MAR
12ºC
4mm

APR
15ºC
10mm

MAY
19ºC
23mm

JUN
22ºC
68mm

JUL
21ºC
114mm

AUG
20ºC
107mm

SEP
19ºC
57mm

OCT
16ºC
9mm

NOV
11ºC
2mm

DEC
8ºC
0mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Tsetang, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Tsetang on a bespoke touring itinerary to Tibet, do not hesitate to contact us.
Grand Tour Of Tibet

Beijing - Lhasa - Tsetang - Gyantse - Tingri - Mount Everest - Shigatse - Namtso Lake

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