Lhunzhub County, also known as “Lhundrub County“, means “a place formed naturally” in Tibetan. It belongs to Lhasa City. It is located in central Tibet on the upper reaches of the Lhasa River. The county is 65 kilometers away from Lhasa.
Lhunzhub County is bordered by Chengguan District and Dagze District of Lhasa City to the south, Doilungdeqen District to the west, Damxung County to the north, and Maizhokunggar County and Lhari County of Nagqu City to the east
Lhunzhub County is long and narrow from north to south with a distance of 180 kilometers. The Kala Mountain, a branch of the Nyainqentanglha Mountain, traverses Lhunzhub County and divide it into two parts, with a total area of 4512 square kilometers.
Best travel time from June to August
Local climate Plateau monsoon climate zone | Plateau temperate monsoon climate
Most popular sites
Reting Monastery is located in Tanggu Township 88 kilometers away from the county seat and 155 kilometers away from Lhasa. It was founded in 1057 and was the first temple of the “Kadampa” in Tibet. “Reting” means “to eradicate all worries and continue to detach from the Three Realms of Samsara”.
Dalong Monastery, also known as “Dalong Gongba” or “Taklung Monastery “, is located in Pondo Township. It was built in 1180 AD, and it belong to the Dalong Kagyu School, which promotes the teachings of the Kagyu pa, and it is also the ancestral temple of the Dalong Kagyu School;
Geography and climate
Lhunzhub County is located in the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River valley. The northern part of Lhunzhub County belongs to the upper reaches of the Lhasa River and its source region, which is known as the “Three Rivers & one basin”. The Three rivers are Reting River, Dalong River, Wululongqu River; the basin is the Lhasa River Basin. The climate in this region is dry, with an average annual temperature of 2.9°C, and an average elevation of 4,200 meters. It is mainly a semi-agricultural and semi-pastoral area. The southern area belongs to the Pengbo River Basin, a tributary of the Lhasa River, with an average elevation of 3860 meters, flat terrain, open valleys, a mild climate, abundant water, and an average annual temperature of 5.8°C. It is the main grain production base of Lhasa City.
The total length of rivers in Lhunzhub County is 577 kilometers, mainly including Lhasa River, Laqu River, Reting River, Yunianqu River, Ululongqu River, etc. Among them, Reting River is 130 kilometers long. The Laqu river is 22 kilometers long. More than 20 rivers such as Lhasa River, Yunianqu River and Wululongqu River are seasonal rivers.
Lhunzhub County belongs to the plateau monsoon climate zone with large temperature difference between day and night and strong solar radiation. The average annual temperature is 5℃, the average annual precipitation is 491 mm, the summer rain is concentrated, the annual average sunshine hours are 3000 hours, and the frost-free period is 120 days.
Population and ethnicity
As of 2013, the total population of Linzhou County was 70,000, of which the Tibetan population accounted for 92% of the total population, and the remaining ethnic groups include Han, Miao, and Hui.
Lhunzhub County Brief history
In 1857, Lhunzhub Zong was established.
In 1959, Two Zongs of Lhunzhub and Pangduo merged to form Lhunzhub County.
In 1988, the Pengbo district, which was originally under the jurisdiction of Dagze County, was placed under the jurisdiction of Lhunzhub County
In 1988, Lhunzhub County seat was moved to Gandanquguo Township