Ali (Shi Quan He) | 阿里(狮泉河镇)

Ali is also called “Ngari” in Tibetan Language, located in western Tibet and the most mysterious place in the region known as the “roof of the world”. It is situated at an average altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level, Covering an area almost one-fourth of Tibet of 310,000 square kilometers.

The mountain ranges in West Tibet are the Himalayas, the Gangdise, the Kunlun, and the Karakorum, on the fours sides of this region. It has unique and rich historical and religious cultural relics and exotic nature view. All these have made Ali an attraction to visitors, travelers, and adventurers.

Kailash is the best known sacred mountain in Tibet, situated at an altitude of 6,656 meters above sea level. The peak is in the shape of a circular cone, capped with white snow all year round. Buddhists worship it as a sacred mountain, and each year numerous pilgrims come here from afar. The cora of Kailash mountain is about 55 kilometers. Pilgrims also come from neighboring countries such as India and Nepal.

Lake Manasarovar stands some 30 km south from Kailash mountain, covers an area of 412 square kilometers. The deepest spot is 77 meters. The lake is surrounded by quiet and beautiful snow-capped mountains. According to a legend, Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, was born in the Year of the Horse. In each Year of the Horse, gods gather around the sacred mountain and lake. It is said that walking around the mountain in the Year of the Horse can increase accumulated merits by 12 fold. So, in the Year of the Horse, more Tibetans worship sacred mountain; and if one goes to the sacred mountain, one must go to the sacred lake”, has become of folk custom. All pilgrims wash their bodies, heads, faces and eyes using the lake water to remove disaster and diseases. Some even carry jars to bring water back as gifts to their relatives and friends.

Ali location

How to get to Ali

Years ago, the road to Alo was all dirt, and bumpy road. It usually takes 3 – 4 days to travel from Lhasa to Ali on way; In summer time, the countless streams or rivers may form up flood to wash up the only dirt road, and block the traffic and making Ali an isolated Island on Land.

Ever since 2005, the construction of paved road has begun, after many years hard work, the black paved road has been completed and successfully to shorten the long distance travel to a pleasant overland journey. Further to that, follow the completion of Ali Kusha Airport, the travel from Lhasa to Ali can now be done within 2 hour

Ali (Shi Quan He) KunSha (Gunsa) Airport Facts

Address: Gaer Xian, Ali
IATA Code: NGQ
Altitude: 4,270 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 897 2891888

Ali (Shi Quan He) Bus Station

Address: The street across the intersection of Ali Post Office,
Contact: +86 897 2826591
Altitude: 4,300 meters above sea level
Working hours: 07:00 am – 17:30 pm

Recommended Sights

Recommended Hotels in Ali (Shi Quan He)

Ali Grand Hotel

Add: Shi Quan He East Road, Shi Quan He | 狮泉河镇, 狮泉河东路
Contact: +86 897 2666666
Facilities: Parking-lot | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant | Luggage storage
Debit card (China Union), Wechat and Zhifubao are suported

Xiang Xiong Hotel

Add: The middle section of Bin He South Road | 狮泉河镇, 滨河南路中段
Contact: +86 897 2830888
Facilities: Parking-lot | 24 hours Hot-water | Restaurant | Luggage storage
Debit card (China Union), Wechat and Zhifubao are suported

Shuang Fu Business Hotel

Add: No. 5, Shan Xi West Road | 狮泉河镇, 陕西西路5号
Contact: +86 897 2826966
Facilities: Parking-lot | 24 hours Hot-water | Wi-Fi| Luggage storage
Debit card (China Union), Wechat and Zhifubao are suported

Zang Yuan Business Hotel

Add: The 4th section, Wen Hua Road | 狮泉河镇, 文化路四区
Contact: +86 0 18689076889
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water | Luggage storage
Debit card (China Union), Wechat and Zhifubao are suported

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