Nyingchi Prefecture

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Nyingchi Prefecture
林芝地区 · ཉིང་ཁྲི་ས་ཁུལ།
Prefecture
prefecture (orange) in Tibet (light-orange)
prefecture (orange) in Tibet (light-orange)
Country China
Province Tibet
Prefecture seat Nyingchi County (Bayi)
Area
 • Total 116,175 km2 (44,855 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 195,109
 • Density 1.7/km2 (4.3/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Nyingchi Prefecture (also: Linzhi Prefecture) (Standard Tibetan: ཉིང་ཁྲི་ས་ཁུལ་; Wylie: nying-khri sa khul; simplified Chinese: 林芝地区; traditional Chinese: 林芝地區; pinyin: Línzhī Dìqū) is a prefecture in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The administrative seat of Nyingchi Prefecture is Bayi. The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture. (See South Tibet dispute.)

Nyingchi Prefecture is the location of Buchu Monastery.

Geography and landmarks[edit]

The prefecture contains the Namcha Barwa Peak, and the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, located in Mêdog County, which attracts significant tourism and geoscientific and biological study to the area.

Approximately 90 kilometers west of Gongbo'gyamda County, is the alpine Basum Lake in the upper catchment area of the Ba River, the largest tributary of the Nyang River lying on average about 3,538 metres (11,608 ft) above sea level. The lake surface is on average about 3,538 meters above sea level. Covering an area of 25.9 km2 (10.0 sq mi), the surrounding is populated by a diverse wildlife including leopards, bears, goats, musk deer and Tibetan snow lions. In 1997, the Basum Lake was listed by the World Tourism Organization as a top tourist attraction. The lake also contains an inlet with a Gelug monastery. East of Nyingchi County, is the Seche La Mountain, a mountain of the Nyainqentanglha Mountain Range, which forms part of the watershed of the Nyang River and the Polung Zangbo River. Benri La Mountain near the small town of Dagze is a known sacred site of the Tibetan Bon Sect. Considered by Tibetans as one of the four great holy mountains in Tibet, on every tenth day of the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar, a day of intense worshipping called "Nangbolhasoi," is performed (meaning "seeking for treasures from immortals.")

Bayi Town is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. The vicinity is known for its cypresses which can grow up to 30 meters.

The Nangpo Gully, located about 50 kilometers northwest from Gongbo'gyamda County, is one of the northern tributaries of the Nyang River and its upper stream is formed by the confluence of Yangwo, Gyixing and Boru streams. The area contains the hot springs the Nun's Hot Springs, the Lama's Hot Springs and the Boru Hot Springs and many old pine trees and cypresses, and caves. At the foot of the gully is the Yellow sect (Gelug) Bagar Monastery, which was built during the period of the Fifth Dalai Lama. The cave above the monastery contains murals of holy animals and Buddhist images, and below the cave is the famous karst springs. show jade-red bear branches, forming a "Red Cloud Gully" of 5 kilometers. The cobbles in the bed of the stream look like scattered pearls, so this place is also called "Pearl Shoal." The scenes here are unique and beautiful.

Burqug Lamaling Monastery is located on the third terrace on the left bank of the lower reaches of the Nyang River.[citation needed]

Forestry and agriculture[edit]

"According to local forestry officials, Nyingchi hosts the country's largest primitive forest region that covers 26.4 billion cubic metres, storing over 800 million cubic metres of wood."[1] The forests of Bomi, Zayu and Loyu have ancient dragon spruces which reach heights of over 80 metres and diameters of 2.5 metres. Wildlife species include "the Bengal tiger, leopard, bear, snub-nosed monkey, antelope and lesser panda."[1]

"There are over 2,000 species of higher plants, including some 100 species of xylophyta, 165 species of medical herbs and fungus. Crops include "rice, peanut, apple, orange, banana, lemon." Agricultural products include medicinal materials, "edible fungus, orange, tangerine, sugar cane, honey peach, apple, pear, grape, walnut and other fruits." [1]

Tourism[edit]

Guangdong province announced that it plans to invest more than RMB 400 million (US$63 million) in Nyingchi's tourism industry. According to the plan, Guangdong will help build 22 "prosperous model villages" in Nyingchi in counties such as Bomê and Zayü.[2]

Administrative subdivisions[edit]

The two counties of Zayü (察隅县) and Mêdog (墨脱县), collectively called South Tibet, are considered by the Chinese government to be under Chinese jurisdiction, however they are de facto under the control by India's state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Tibetan Wylie Population (2010 Census) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Nyingchi County 林芝县 Línzhī Xiàn ཉིང་ཁྲི་ས་རྫོང་ nying khri rdzong 54,702 8,536 6.40
2 Gongbo'gyamda County 工布江达县 Gōngbùjiāngdá Xiàn ཀོང་པོ་རྒྱ་མདའ་རྫོང་ kong po rgya mda' rdzong 29,929 12,960 2.30
3 Mainling County 米林县 Mǐlín Xiàn སྨན་གླིང་རྫོང་ sman gling rdzong 22,834 9,507 2.40
4 Mêdog County 墨脱县 Mòtuō Xiàn མེ་ཏོག་རྫོང་ me tog rdzong 10,963 31,394 0.34
5 Bomê County 波密县 Bōmì Xiàn སྤོ་མེས་རྫོང་ spo mes rdzong 33,480 16,770 1.99
6 Zayü County 察隅县 Cháyú Xiàn རྫ་ཡུལ་རྫོང་ rdza yul rdzong 27,255 31,305 0.87
7 Nang County 朗县 Lǎng Xiàn སྣང་རྫོང་ snang rdzong 15,946 4,114 3.87

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tibet travel guide of Nyingchi Region, Bayi Town". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ "China plans 'Swiss makeover' for tourism in southeast Tibet". CNN Travel. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

External links and sources[edit]

Coordinates: 29°34′37.20″N 94°29′02.40″E / 29.5770000°N 94.4840000°E / 29.5770000; 94.4840000