Lhunzhub County, also known as “Lhundrub County“, means “a place formed naturally” in Tibetan.
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, and with a total area of 4512 square kilometers.
It is located in central Tibet on the upper reaches of Lhasa River. It is administrated by Lhasa City about 65 kilometers away from Lhasa.
It borders by Chengguan District and Dagze District of Lhasa City to south, Doilungdeqen District to west, Damxung County to north, and Maizhokunggar County and Lhari County of Nagqu City to east
Best travel time
From June to September
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 AD and was the first temple of “Kadam pa” 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 Dalong Kagyu Pa, which promotes teachings of Kagyu pa, and it is also the ancestral temple of Dalong Kagyu
Geography and climate
Lhunzhub County is located in the middle reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River valley. The northern part of Lhunzhub County belongs to the upper reaches of Lhasa River and its source region, which is known as the “Three Rivers & one basin“. It is mainly a semi-agricultural and semi-pastoral area.
The Three rivers are Reting River, Dalong River, Wululongqu River; the basin is Lhasa River Basin.
Lhunzhub County belongs to the plateau monsoon climate zone with large temperature difference between day and night and strong solar radiation, so its climate is dry, with average annual temperature is 2.9°C, average annual precipitation is 491 mm, which is concentrated in summer, and annual average sunshine hours are 3000 hours, and the frost-free period is 120 days.
Its southern area belongs to Pengbo River Basin, a tributary of 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. This area is 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. Laqu river is 22 kilometers long. There are more than 20 rivers such as Lhasa River, Yunianqu River and Wululongqu River are seasonal rivers.
Population and ethnicity
As of 2013, the total population of Linzhou County was 70,000, of which Tibetan population accounted for 92% of total population, and the remaining ethnic groups include Han, Miao, and Hui.
In 1857, Lhunzhub Zong was established.
In 1959, Two Zongs of Lhunzhub and Pangduo merged to form Lhunzhub County.
In 1988, Pengbo district, which was originally under jurisdiction of Dagze County, was placed under jurisdiction of Lhunzhub County
In 1988, Lhunzhub County seat was moved to Gandanquguo Township