Namling County is located in the south-central part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, on the north bank of the upper reaches of the Yarlung Tsangbo River.
Namling County borders Nyemo County to the east, Xaitongmoin County to the west, Xainza County and Baingoin County to the north, Rinbung County to the southeast, and Shigatse City to the south across the river. Namling Town, where the county seat is, is 4,020 meters above sea level, about 76 kilometers from Shigatse City and 308 kilometers from Lhasa City
Best time to travel From June to October
Local climate Plateau temperate semi-arid climate type
Most popular sites
Sewu Monstery belongs to the Ningma pa of Tibetan Buddhism. It is related with Mindrolling monastery in Tsetang. It is 69 kilometers away from the county seat and 4700 meters above sea level. The temple has a long history, with a history of more than a thousand years. The temple mainly enshrines Padmasambhava,
Deqen Rebuje Monstery is located in Gabu Village of Namling Town. Established in the 23rd year of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty (AD 1758), it belongs to Gelug pa of Tibetan Buddhism. It covers an area of 1589 square meters.
Namling Iron Bridge is an important bridge that connects the two banks of the Xiang River. It was built by Tangtong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464 AD) in the 15th century. The existing part of the bridge includes bridgeheads on the north and south bank of Bridge and the bridge chain across the river. In 1996, Namling Iron Bridge was rated as a cultural relics protection unit of Tibet
Geography and climate
Namling County is located in the valley of the eastern section of the Gangdis Mountains. It is 98 kilometers long from east to west and 110 kilometers wide from north to south. The total area is 8,848 square kilometers, accounting for 4.86% of the area of Shigatse City and 0.74% of the total area of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Its terrain is high in the northeast, low in the southwest, with undulating mountains on the north and south. There are valleys and plains of varying widths in its south. There is a narrow “corridor” from north to south of Xianghe River Basin in the middle
Most areas of Nanmulin County are between 3790-4952 meters above sea level, the highest point is Mount Zongma in the northeast of Namling county with an altitude of 6043 meters, the lowest point is the intersection of the Xiangchu River and the Yarlung Zangbo River with an elevation of 3704 meters and a relative elevation difference of 2339 meters.
The mountainside and river valley extend along the north-south direction. The mountains in the south are strongly folded, the bedrock is bare; In the north, the mountains stand tall, the valleys are deep, glaciers are developed well in the peaks, and there are many icy lakes as well
Namling County has strong solar radiation, large temperature difference between day and night, and obvious dry and wet seasons. Severe drought in winter and spring, the average temperature is 6℃, the annual average temperature is 5.9℃, the extreme minimum temperature is -17.7℃, and the extreme maximum temperature is 26.5℃;
The hottest month is July, with an average monthly maximum temperature of 25.3℃; The coldest month is January, with an average monthly minimum temperature of -15.7°C. The annual rainfall is 250-470mm.
The rainy season is concentrated from June to September, and the dry season is from October to May of the following year; the frost-free period is 95-125 days, and the maximum frozen soil layer is 500-700mm.
Population and ethnicity
As of the end of 2013, the total population of Namling County was 76,235, of which the Tibetan population accounted for 97% of the total population, and the remaining ethnic groups included Han, Mongolian, Hui and other ethnic groups.
During Tubo Kingdom, the area of Namling was called Tashitse, and later it was called “Shangba”, that is, one of the six ten thousand households in “Tsang”
In early Qing Dynasty, Namling Zong was established
In 1960, Namling County was established, under the jurisdiction of Shigatse Prefecture
In 2014, Shigatse Prefecture was abolished and the prefecture-level Shigatse City was established, and Namling County has been under jurisdiction of Shigatse City since then