Zhidoi county is also called “Drito County”. It located in the middle-west of Qinghai Province (Amdo), neighboring Xinjiang Ugur Prefecture and Tibet Autonomous Region. The population of this county is about 28,200 (2007 yr); among of them, Tibetan is about 27,000 people, the other people are: Chinese Han people, Hui people and Sa-La people.
Its average altitude is 4,500 meters. The altitude difference is more than 3,000 meters from its west of Bu-ge-da-ban mountain (6,860 meters) to its east of Tong Tian River (3,850 meters). Its annual avereage temprature is -0.3 degrees , the cold season is about 10 months long;
Till 2007, there are 6 villages of Duo-Cai, Suo-Jia, Zha-He, Zhi-Qu, Dang-Jiang and Li-Xin being administrated by Zhidoi. Its capital town is located at Jia-Ji-Bo-Luo town, (also Gyelje Podrang) which is about 200 kilometers northwest from Yushu (Jyekundo) County. Previously the road along Za-chu River was dirt road, it is now paved road that helps to shorten the driving hours between from previously 5-6 hours to 3 hours
Zhidoi county is also the area that Yangtze is sourced that even given this county a interesting neckname of “China’s Water Tower”. The river source is super rich in this county, there are more than 80 large river and small streams, including Tong-Tian River (Yangtze river), Dang-chu river, Ya-chu River, and Kekexili lake, Sun lake, Xi-lan-wu-jin lake, ku-sai lake and Zhuo Nai hu….etc
There is only one monastery in Zhidoi county, which is called Gong Sa monastery. It is about 9 kilometers west from Jia-Ji-Bo-Luo town, (also Gyelje Podrang), located at the slop of Jia-jie-A-Ni-Bao mountain with altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level. This is now the only monastery of Zhidoi county, it houses more than 300 monks.
This monastery was found by the disciple of Kagyu creator in 12th century. at the 2nd generation of Abbot, it was changed to the branch of Drigung Kagyu; in 15th century, it was concerted to be Gelug pa monastery and has a rich collections of “Kangyur” & “Tanjur “.
In recent years, there is a large investment to support this monastery that to build a 27 meters Tsongkhapa statue and the 33 meters high assembly hall, which covers more than 700 square meters.
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How to get there
The easiest way is to take flight to Yushu Airport(YUS), then by local vehicle get to Zhidoi;
By Bus from Yushu: one daily bus, with departure at 09:00 am, driving hours approximately 4 hours, rate: RMB 40 per person
By Bus from Xining: departure on singular day only, with schedule at 08:30 am, distance: 980 kilometers, bus ticket: RMB 298 per person
By renting vehicle from Yushu: it usually costs RMB 600 – 800 one way
Zhidoi County Bus Station
Add: No. 40, Zhi Qu street
Contact: +86 976
Altitude: 4,100 meters above sea level
Working hours: 08:00 am – 17:00 pm
The Nearest Airport
Airport Name: Yushu Batang Airprot
Address: Yushu, China
IATA Code: YUS
Altitude: 3950 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 976 881-3743