Nang County is located in the southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. It is a county subordinate to Nyingchi City. It means “appearance” in Tibetan, and it is the hometown of the 13th Dalai Lama (Thubten Gyatso) and the 9th Panchen Lama (Gedhun Choekyi Nyima)
The county seat of Nang County is 420 kilometers away from Lhasa City and 240 kilometers away from Bayi District. It is connected to Mainling County to the east, Bayi District and Gongbo Gyamda County to the north, Gyaca County of Shannan City to the west, and India to the south.
The traffic in Nang County is not very convenient, but it also leaves good conditions for protecting the most primitive customs here. The local specialties of Nang County mainly include many kinds of animal products, peppers, fritillaria, Wulingzhi, grapes, apples, walnuts and Tibetan hats, wooden bowls and so on.
Best time to travel From May to October
Local climate Plateau warm and semi-humid climate zone
Most popular sites
Zari Shaba Mountain is also known as “Mount Dakpa Shelri” in Tibetan, and in short “Tsari Mountain“. From April to May of the Year of the Monkey is the best time to make the holy cora trek of “Tsari Mountain”
Bar Chode, is located on the hillside of Dunkar Village with an area of more than 2,000 square meters. It is one of the largest monasteries in Nyingchi City. It was built in 1195 AD, and originally belonging to Kagyu pa, and later converted to be Gelug pa monastery.
Lieshan Ancient Tomb cluster is located on the southern slope of Lie mountain which is about 1.5 kilometers northeast of Lie Village at an altitude of 3200 meters. The building complex is magnificent and peculiar. The entire tomb complex stretches for several kilometers. The ancient tomb cluster reflects the funeral system and tomb level in Tibet with history of more than 1,000 years. It has great value for studying the rise and fall of the Tubo kingdom. It is also of great significance for studying the history of Tibet and discussing the paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental changes of the Tibet Plateau on a millennium scale. In 2000, it was listed as a national key cultural relic protection unit.
Geography and climate
Nang County covers an area of 4,200 square kilometers, which belongs to the valley-landform of Southeast Tibet. The Yarlung Tsangbo River crosses through county from west to east and divides it into two parts, The northern and the southern. Among them, the southern part belongs to the northern foot of the Himalayas, with the highest altitude of 6158 meters; The northern part is the southern foot of the Nyainqentanglha mountain range, with the highest altitude of 5572 meters.
The north and south parts of Nang County form a huge “V”-shaped valley with the lowest elevation of 3,016 meters at the valley, the height difference is 3,142 meters, and the county’s average elevation is 3,200 meters.
The climate of Nang County is without extreme heat in summer and severe cold in winter, it is rainy in summer and autumn, dry and windy in spring and winter. The annual average sunshine reaches between 2000～2500 hours. The average annual precipitation in Lang County is about 350-600 mm, mostly concentrated in June to September, mostly night rain, accounting for more than 90% of the annual precipitation.
The dry season is as long as 8 months, and the wet season is only 4 months. The annual average temperature is 11.0℃, the annual average maximum temperature is 19.1℃, and the annual average minimum temperature is 5.3℃. The average number of frost-free days in the year ranges from 130 to 170 days.
Population and ethnicity
As of 2011, Nang County’s permanent population was 15,037, of which the Tibetans accounted for 99%. Other ethnic groups include Han, Monba, Mongolian and other ethnic groups and Cheng people.
Before 1949, Nang County was the territory of Lang Zong, Guru langjie Zong, Gyaca Zong and Jindongxi.
After 1959, Lang Zong, Guru langjie Zong, Gyaca Zong and Jindongxi were merged to form Nang County, which was governed by Shannan Prefecture.
In 1982, Nyingchi Prefecture was established, then Nang County was placed under the jurisdiction of Nyingchi Prefecture.
In March 2015, the Nyingchi area was abolished and Nyingchi City was established. Nang County was under the jurisdiction of Nyingchi City since then