Gyantse | 江孜县

Gyantse means “Victory Peak” in Tibetan language, the third largest city in Tibet, lies in southern Tibet about 100 kilometers east of Shigatse along the upper corner of the Nian-chu River, with an area of 3,771 square kilometers. Its altitude is 3,980 meters. It is hot and rainy in the summer, which makes this area the main Barley planting region of Tibet.

The only Buddha Tower in Tibet stands to the right of the Pelkhor Monastery which was built in 1427. The tower is over 30 meters high and there are more than 10,000 Buddha figures in 77 rooms which gives is why people refer to it as the hundred-thousand Buddha Tower. It was built in the style of a 108-sided mandala by craftsmen from the Kathmandu Valley. It is the finest example of 15th century Newar art extant in the world.

The Dzong (City fort) that towers above the village offers a great view over the valley. The road from here to Lhasa (360 km) takes you over three mountain passes: Sima La (4,380 meters), Karo La (5,045 meters) and Gampa La (4,794 meters). Here, “La” means the pass of mountain in Tibetan Language. The well-paved road passes around the Yamdrok Lake before reaching up the top of Gampa La from which there’s a fantastic panorama view of Yamdrok on one side and the Yarlung Tsangpo river on the other.

Gyantse Location



Gyantse Long Distance Bus Station

Add: Ying Xiong Middle Road, Gyantse | 江孜县 英雄中路
Contact: +86 892 874-2350
Altitude: 3,890 meters above sea level
Working hours: 06:30 am – 18:30 pm

Distance from Gyantse to

  • To Shigatse Peace Airport : 140 kilometers, about 2.5 hours drive
  • To Lhasa Gongga Airport : 215 kilometers, about 4 hours drive
  • To Lhasa : 265 kilometers, about 5 hours drive
  • To Tsetang : 310 kilometers, about 5 – 6 hours drive
  • To Shigatse : 94 kilometers, about 2 hours drive
  • To Zhangmu : 565 kilometers, about 11 hours drive
  • To Darchen : 1,030 kilometers, about 16.5 hours drive

Recommended Sights

Recommended hotels

Gyantse Hotel | 江孜饭店

Add: No. 2, Shanghai Road, Gyantse city | 江孜 上海路2号
Contact: +86 892 8172222
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Jian Zang Hotel | 建藏饭店

Add: No.14 Ying Xiong South Road, Gyantse city | 江孜英雄南路14号
Contact: +86 892 8173720
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Thank You Chain Hotel | 尚客优连锁酒店

Add: Section 3rd, Guo Fang East Road, Gyantse city | 江孜国防东路三段
Contact: +86 892 8652228
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Yeti Hotel | 雅迪花园酒店

Add: No. 11, Wei Guo Road, Gyantse city | 江孜卫国路11号
Contact: +86 892 8175551
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

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