Legend has it that in the 13th century, two buddhism maters once practiced here. Later, in order to commemorate this two masters, the surnames of the two masters were combined as Bainang. The county seat was originally located in Jolo Village, it was moved to Norbu Khyungtse town in 1970
The total area of Bainang County is 2489 square kilometers with an average elevation of 4200 meters, Bainang County’s seat is 3890 meters above sea level. It is 49 kilometers away from Shigatse City and 45 kilometers away from Gyantse City. The Shigatse-Gyantse Highway crosses Bainang county
Bainang County is located in the middle reaches of the Nianchu River, the main tributary of the Yarlung Tsangbo River; it borders Shigatse City in the north, Gyantse County in the south, Rinbung County in the east, and Sakya County in the west.
Best time to travel From May to October
Local climate Temperate semi-arid monsoon climate
Most popular sites
Baigang Monastrery, also known as “Pokhang Monastery“, was found in 1213 AD. It is a Gelug pa monastery that located in Baigang Village of Jangto Township
Sanzhuolin Monastrery, was built in the middle of the 8th century. It is a Gelug pa monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. It was the place where is to translate Tripitaka in the first time. It was demolished during the Cultural Revolution in 20th century, and being rebuilt on the original site in 1985. The whole monastery covers an area of 2,140 square meters.
Bainang County Geography and climate
Bainang County is located in the southern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is high in the southwest and low in the northeast with landformof a high mountain and a wide valley
It is with dry climate, strong solar radiation and distinct dry, wet, cold and warm seasons. The annual average temperature is 5.9℃, with a large daily temperature difference and a small annual difference. The highest temperature is 26℃, and the lowest temperature is -24.6℃.
The Nianchu River is 38 kilometers long in its territory . From June to September each year is the wet season, from October to May of the following year is the normal water period. The maximum flow rate is 41.70m/s, the minimum flow rate is 11.07m/s, and the annual average flow rate is 25.7m/s.
Population and ethnicity
As of 2013, Bainang County has a total population of 44,000, of which the Tibetan population accounts for 88% of the total population. Other ethnic groups include Han, Hui, Mongolian, Manchu, Miao, and more.
Bainang County Brief History
In the 8th year of Kaiyuan of Tang Dynasty (720 AD), Bainang County was established.
In the 11th century, it was ruled separatly by Families of Qiong, Zhe and Jie.
In the middle of the 13th century, Yuan Dynasty implemented the “130,000 household administrative system”
In the late 14th century, Pamu drukpa regime implemented the “Zong” system in Tibet. The adminitrative system of “County” was changed to be “Zong”
From 15th to 16th century, Bainang Zong underwent the rule of the Pazhuo, Rembongpa, and Zangba Disi regimes.
In 1956, Committe offices were established in Bainang Zong, which was subordinate to the Jiqiao office of Gyangze County.
In 1959, Three Zong of Bainang, Wangdan, and Du Qiong were merged to form Bainang County, which was under the jurisdiction of Gyangtse.
In 2014, Shigatse Prefecture was abolished and the prefecture-level Shigatse City was established, and Bainang County has been under the jurisdiction of Shigatse City since then