Lhari County is a county in Nagqu City, “Lhari ” means “sacred mountain” in Tibetan. It is about 211 kilometers away from Nagqu City and 537 kilometers away from Lhasa City. The county seat is Aza Town with altitude of 4488 meters above sea level
Lhari County has an average elevation of 4,500 meters and is located in the southeast of Nagqu City, between Tanggula Mountain and Nyainqentanglha Mountain. It is adjacent to Banbar County and Bome County in the east, Damxung County and Lhunzhub County, Maizhokunggar County and Gongbo Gyamda County to the south, Nagqu City to the west, and Biru County to the north.
Best time to travel From May to September
Local climate Plateau continental climate
Most popular sites
Jianai Yutso Lake, a mysterious “holy lake” to local people, is a lake of wisdom and life. it is said thay this lake is also the lake of life of Three Saints of the West, which is also the residence of Manjushri. If to watch the lake from a distance, it is possible that you may see the past or the future.
Shangniwu Canyon is about 75 kilometers away from Zhongyu Township. In this canyon, you can enjoy the magnificent Rochella Snow Mountain and Rochella Glacier. Go straight to the depths of the canyon and watch the Yiga Glacier and Yiga Waterfall near the local Yiga Village. The drop of Yiga Waterfall is about 50 meters or more
Geography and climate
Lhari County has a total area of 13,238 square kilometers, including 4613 mu of arable land and 342,000 mu of woodland. It belongs to the plateau mountainous area that combines the northern Tibet plateau and the eastern Tibet alpine valley. Its terrain is high in northwest and low in southeast.
The eastern part of Lhari County has a unqiue climate: Due to the warm and humid air currents from the Indian Ocean travel north along the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangbo River, after the big turn of the Yarlung Tsangbo River, most of the warm and humid air flow will flow up the Yigong Tsangbo River Valley and reach the southern foot of the Nyainqentanglha Mountain Range in Lhari County, transporting a lot of precious water to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. So that this place is abundant rain and humid air, the top of the mountain is white snow that never melts, the mountainside is densely forested, and the foot of the mountain is the evergreen mountainous area.
The northern part of Lhari County is cold, with large daily temperature difference and frequent snowfall in winter. It is one of the central snowfall areas in northern Tibet, and there is no absolute frost-free period throughout the year.
The annual average temperature is -0.21℃. The average temperature in January is -12 degrees, the average temperature in July is 8 degrees, and the annual precipitation is 695.5 mm. The annual sunshine hours are 2405 hours,
Population and ethnic groups
As of the end of 2014, Jiali County has a total population of 31,538 people, of which Tibetans account for 99% of the total population. Other ethnic groups include Han, Hui, Mongolian, etc.
In the early years of the Republic of China, the Kashag regime established Lhari Zong
In 1959, Lhari Zong was changed to Lhari County.
In 1960, Lhari County was under the jurisdiction of Nyingchi Special Administration.
In 1964, The Nyingchi Special Administration was revoked, and Lhari County was placed under the jurisdiction of Nagqu Administrative District.
In 1970, Nagqu Administrative District was renamed as Nagqu Prefecture, and then Biru County was under the jurisdiction of the Nagqu Prefecture
In 1989, The county seat was moved from Dhamma to Aza Town
In 2017, Nagqu Prefecture was abolished, and Nagqu City was established; Lhari County is under the jurisdiction of Nagqu City until now