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Gyantze Travel Guide

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Gyantze is Tibetan for 'the peak of victory'. It has a history of more than 600 years. Sitting on the friendship Highway, it connects Kathmandu to Lhasa. The natural scenery is quite beautiful: mountains, glaciers, etc.

  • Chinese: 江孜 Jiāngzī /jyang dzrr/
  • Location: 94 km southeast of Shigatse, 2 hours and 20 minutes’ drive
  • Altitude: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
  • Popular activities: Horse racing, archery
  • Must sees:Palcho Monastery, Pala Manor, Gyantze Dzong

Highlights

These three places are close together. You only need two days to travel the highlights of Gyantze.

Gyantze map

Palcho Monastery

palcho monasteryPalcho Monastery

Palcho Monastery was built in the early 15th century. It’s located in the northeast of Gyantze at an altitude of 3,900 m (12,800 ft). The wall paintings and Buddha statues in the monastery are worth seeing.

Palcho Pagoda makes Palcho Monastery even more attractive. It’s not a simple pagoda. There are 9 floors, 77 Buddha halls, 108 doors, and more than 1,000 Buddha statues. It is a unique treasure in Chinese architecture, and a museum containing noteworthy religious paintings and art.

  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 7 PM
  • Time needed: 2 hours
  • Entry: 60 yuan (10 USD)

Pala Manor

Pala Manor was the main manor of the Pala Family. It is one of the three best-preserved noble manors of old Tibet. By visiting this manor, you can get a view of the lifestyle of the serfs and the wealthy people who once lived in this area.

  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Time needed: 2–3 hours
  • Entry: 30 yuan (5 USD)

Gyantze Dzong

the palgor chortenGyantse Dzong

Gyantze Dzong or Gyantze Fortress was the house of government of Gyantze. It looks like a castle. Standing out on a rocky hill in a basin, it is truly eye-catching. This is where the story of "the City of Heroes" originates, as Gyantze people defended their city from invasion from this "castle".

  • Opening hours: 9:30am – 6pm
  • Time needed: 1 hour
  • Entry: 10 yuan (2 USD)

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