Tsetang | 泽当

Tsetang is also called “Shan – Nan”, known as the source and cradle of Tibetan civilization. It is located on the south bank of Yarlung Tsanpo river, some 170 km south from Lhasa. It is the 4thlarge city of Tibet.

Tsetang has been the capital of the Yarlung region since the period before the Middle Ages, and was the seat of the ancient emperors of Tibet. In the 19th century, it is said to have comprised over 1,000 houses, a bazaar, a monastery and a fort.

Its elevation is of 3,100 meters above sea level and has a population of approximately 60,000 persons. Samye monastery, the first monastery of Tibet, is located 30 km north from Tsetang, which was founded in 779 CE by King Trisong Detsen.

The valleys that connect to the town offer a number of side trips that illustrate Tibet’s early history. Among of which, the Valley of the Kings offers a major sites of the Yongbu Lakhang Palace that was built for the first Yarlung king of Tibet kingdom, and also the Tandruk Monastery, which was one of the three Royal Buddhist temples.

Tsetang Location

How to get to Tsetang

Lhasa Gonggar airport is about 100 kilometers west from Tsetang county, it usually takes 2 hours to cover this distance. It is convenient to take flights arriving in Tibet and then visit to Tsetang. also there are international flight from Kathmandu to Tibet directly, which you can use for international transfer;

The land transportation is also quite convenient for visitors to connect with Lhasa, Gyatsa, Nyingchi (Nyingtri), Gyantse, and Shigatse…etc

Distance from Tsetang to

  • To Nyingchi : 410 kilometers, about 8 hours drive
  • To Lhozhag County : 240 kilometers, about 6 – 7 hours drive
  • To Lhasa : 160 kilometers, about 13 hours drive
  • To Gyantse: 310 kilometers, about 5 – 6 hours drive
  • To Shigatse: 325 kilometers, about 5 – 6 hours drive
  • To Lhasa Gongga Airport: 95 kilometers, about 1.5 hours drive

Lhasa Gonggar Airpor Facts

Address: Jia Zu Lin Town, Gongga Xian
IATA Code: LXA
Altitude: 3,600 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 891 6216465 / 6827727(airport bus)

Tsetang Bus Station Facts

Address: No.26, Ge Sang Road
Contact: +86 893
Altitude: 3,50 meters above sea level
Working hours: 06:00 am – 18:30 pm

Recommended sights in Tsetang

Recommended Hotels in Tsetang

Tse Dang Hotel

Add: No. 19, Nai Dong Road, Tsetang | 泽当,乃东路19号
Contact: +86 893 7821899
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Ze Source Theme Hotel

Add: No. 10, Sa Re Road, Tsetang | 泽当,萨热路10号
Contact: +86 893 7668686
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Yalonghe Hotel

Add: No. 18, Hu Bei Road, Tsetang | 泽当, 湖北大道18号
Contact: +86 893 7800333
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

Jin Long Business Hotel

Add: No. 18, Min Zu Road, Tsetang | 泽当, 民族路18号
Contact: +86 893 7668888
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are not supported

Yulong Holiday Grand Hotel

Add: No. 30, Nai Dong Road, Tsetang | 泽当,乃东路30号
Contact: +86 893 7832888
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are not supported

Shan Nan Hotel

Add: No. 2, Hu Nan Road, Tsetang | 泽当,湖南路2号
Contact: +86 893 7669888
Facilities: Parking-lot | WiFi | Hot-water shower | Restaurant
Credit Card and Debit card (China Union) are both accepted

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