Shannan lies south of the Gangdise Mountains and Nyenchen Tanglha Range. Located in the lower middle reaches of the Yarlong Tsangpo River, it connects with Lhasa by Quxu Bridge on the north. From there to west, Shigatse can be reached, and eastwards you can get to Nyingchi, a region at the lowest average altitude of Tibet. It’s the southwest border of China, adjoining India and Bhutan on the south.
Shannan possesses a brilliant history. Visiting there, you can find a lot of ancient buildings and historical sites. Some of them seem so unattractive. However, almost each building or site has a very long history relating to the development of Tibet.
Going to Shannan, you can start the tour from Tsedang Town, Naidong County. There are buses from Lhasa to Tsedang via Quxu Bridge. After arriving at Tsedang, you can visit the local attractions along the following directions:
Southwards Go southwards and you will have two sightseeing routes. One is ‘Tsedang – Tombs of Tibet Kings’ and the other is ‘Tsedang – Yambu Lakhang – Trandruk Monastery’ .
Tombs of Tibet Kings is the largest imperial graveyard in Tibet. It’s situated in Qonggyai County, Shannan. The construction of the graveyard took more than 300 years. There are tombs of 16 kings and their princes and princesses.
Yumbu Lakhang is famed as the first Tibetan palace. It was originally built for Nyatri Tsenpo who was the first king of the land in the 2nd century BC. The palace is located on the Zhaxi Ciri Mountain, five kilometers (three miles) south of Naidong County, Shannan. In Tibetan, Yumbu means female deer. That’s because the Zhaxi Ciri Mountain looks like a female deer. Lakang means holy palace.