Nyingchi is one of the important cradles of ancient Tibetan civilization having been settled as early as four or five thousand years ago. It was under domination of the Tupo Kingdom for two hundred years (7th century to the 9th century).
Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi(林芝), is a prefecture-level city in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The administrative seat of Nyingchi is Bayi District. The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture. Nyingchi is the location of Buchu Monastery.
Yarlung Tsangpo River cuts through the Himalayas making a unique u-turn round Mt. Namcha Barwa before reaching Motuo (Medog County) and the famous Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon. The canyon is 496 kilometers long and is deeper than the Grand Canyon in America. It is, in fact, the deepest canyon in the world. In the innermost recesses of the canyon lies Motuo, the only county in China without a single road. It is like an isolated and mysterious ‘Xanadu’ seemingly outside the earthly world. Needless to say, it is best traveled on foot.
Zayu is a fertile place at the convergence of the Himalayas and Hengduan Mountains. It is crisscrossed by rivers and the weather is moderate throughout the year. Zayu is like a southern China water town reminiscent of a picturesque painting on the Tibetan Plateau. Rice, vegetables and fruits grow on its terraces and plains.
The Nangpo Gully, located about 50 kilometers northwest from Gongbo’gyamda County, is one of the northern tributaries of the Nyang River and its upper stream is formed by the confluence of Yangwo, Gyixing and Boru streams. The area contains the hot springs the Nun’s Hot Springs, the Lama’s Hot Springs and the Boru Hot Springs and many old pine trees and cypresses, and caves. At the foot of the gully is the Yellow sect (Gelug) Bagar Monastery, which was built during the period of the Fifth Dalai Lama. The cave above the monastery contains murals of holy animals and Buddhist images, and below the cave is the famous karst springs. show jade-red bear branches, forming a “Red Cloud Gully” of 5 kilometers. The cobbles in the bed of the stream look like scattered pearls, so this place is also called “Pearl Shoal.” The scenes here are unique and beautiful.
The Niangbu Lasu Festival is held in Kongpo Gyamda County on the tenth day of the ‘horse year’ on the Tibetan calendar. It features sacrificial rites as well as horse and yak racing and singing and dancing performances. The Kongpo New Year Festival, also in Kongpo Gyamda, is held on October 1. It is filled with such entertainment as ethnic singing and dancing, horse racing and archery contests.
The original buildings here were built during the 7th century reign of King Songtsen Gampo. It was created as one of the eight “demoness-subduing” temples, and was constructed according to geomantic theory on the right elbow of the ogress who represented Tibet. It is the oldest Buddhist structure in the eastern Tibetan region of Kongpo. It originally belonged to the Nyingmapa, but by the 17th century there were Gelugpa present here, and it formally adopted by them during the time of the Regent, Demo Rinpoche (r.1886-1895).
Hilton Linzhi Resort
Located between the Himalayas and Yarlung Zangbo River, Hilton Linzhi Resort sits atop 800 lush acres dotted with big flower peonies (Paeonia Ludlowii), a symbol of traditional Tibetan medicine, located within the historic King of Gongbo site, at an elevation of 3,000 meters.
The resort is served by Nyingchi Airport, seven kilometers away, and near attractions including Namjagbrawa Mountain and the Medog Grand Canyon Adventure Tourism Area.
Facilities include 220 guest rooms and suites with balconies that provide views of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, spa, Kid’s Club, cinema, billiards, chess, and karaoke. Meeting and events spaces span 528 square meters, including a 231 sqm pillarless ballroom and four boardrooms