Zamtang county also known as “Zamthang”, or “Rangtang”, meaning the “The place of the God of Wealth”. Zamthang County is administrated by Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, located on the southeast edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, on the upper reaches of the Dadu River, in the northwest of Sichuan, bordering the Barkham County and Aba County on the east and northeast, and adjoining Jinchuan County on the south, and Sertar county, Luhuo County and Dawu County in the west and south, and it borders on the Banma county of Qinghai Province (Amdo) in the north. The county is about 89.6 kilometers from east to west and 134.4 kilometers from north to south. The county has a total area of 6,863 square kilometers.
By the end of 2010, there were 60 villages and 11 townships and 1 town are under the jurisdiction of Zamtang County. The total population of the county is 33,500 people; among of which the Tibetan population accounts for 85% of the total population. There are other ethnic groups such as Yi, Qiang, Miao, Hui, Mongolian, Tu, Shu Shu, Manchu, Yaochu, Dongzhu, Naxi, Buyi, Bai, Zhuang, and Dai. The Duke River (杜柯河) and Zequ River (则曲河) are the main tributaries of the Dadu River
Zamtang County Tourist Attraction
Xiangla Dongji Holy Mountain Scenic Area （香拉东吉圣山风景区）: The scenic area is about 30 square kilometers large, and located some 29 kilometers from the Zamthang county. This is a mountain that has never been touched by anyone because it is one of the sacred mountains in King Gesar, being regarded as inviolable. “Shangra Dongji” sacred mountains is shaped like a “Zhong (众)” charactor of Chinese, it is thought to be the incarnation of the Vajrapani, and being surrounded by 88 snow-capped mountains, which are servants of the Holy Mountain according to legend.
Haizi Mountain Scenic Area (壤塘海子山风景区) : The scenic spot is located at the junction of the three counties of Zamthang, Aba, and Barkham, it is about 80 kilometers from the county seat. Haizi Mountain means the mountain with Haizi (the Lake). Haizishan not only has the lake, there are about 35 lakes. Haizishan is 4,760 meters above sea level, its main peak is called “Zun-ma” means the “Queen” ; It is said to be the queen of the Amnye Marchn Mountain in Qinghai, whom wearing a silver cloak, riding a white horse, holding a wishful treasure, protecting a living creature.
Zamtang County Buddhist Culture
Jue-Nang School: The region beyween the Xiangla Dongji Holy Mountain Scenic Area and Haizi Mountain Scenic Area breeds the Jue-Nang Pa of Tibetan Buddhism, which was root in the three monasteries of Que ER ji, Zang Wa and Ze Bu Ji, and all of which were the one in the begining in 1435 BC, and named “The East SangzhuLuobuling monastery ” which have been developed into three temples. The buildings of the monastery are integrated into a single town, just 60 kilometers from Zamthang county. The monastery is seated by mountains and faces the plain. the Zuqu River embraces the monastery running from east to west .
9-story Maitreya Pagoda : The 9-story Maitreya Pagoda can be regarded as a Buddha statue exhibition hall. It displays a variety of Buddha statues, including murals, Thangkar paintings, clay sculptures, and metal sculptures. The most exciting thing is that the ninth pagoda is hanging around in a circle. Outside the pagoda wall on the 9th floor, each side has a row of slate tiles that extend from the wall, which is about 20 cm long, and just long enough to hold one foot. The visitor or pilgrimage comes out from the tower gate, lay a hand onto the tower, and move steps on the slate around the pagoda . Just in case, the monks carried a circle of steel ropes as handrails on the pagodas.
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How to get to Zamtang County
Zamtang county is located in the east hinterland of Kham, the recommended transportation is by vehicle. It is convenient to start with Chengdu, renting a vehicle, or by public transportation.
In general, there are two ways to get to Zamtang
- By daily direct buses departure from Chengdu, with rate of RMB204, taking 15 hours bus-ride to arrival Zamtang county
- By daily direct buses departure from Chengdu to Barkham city with rate RMB126, and 6.5 hours journey; then start from Barkham to Zamtang on the next day with rate RMB53, and 7 hours vehicle ride
Chengdu Cha Dian Zi Bus station
Brief: Chengdu Cha Dian Zi Transporting Center is mainly to send the buses to the Tibetan Area in the west and north of Sichuan province
Address : No. 289, Section 5, West 3rd Ring Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu
Contact: +86 28 8750-6610 / 8750-7768
Working hours : 06:00 am – 19:30 pm