Amdo Town

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Tibetan transcription(s)
 • Tibetan ཨ་མདོ་རྫོང་
 • Wylie transliteration a mdo rdzong
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Traditional 安多
 • Simplified 安多
 • Pinyin Ānduō
Amdo is located in Tibet
Location within Tibet
Coordinates: 32°15′50″N 91°40′50″E / 32.26389°N 91.68056°E / 32.26389; 91.68056
Country China
Region Tibet
Prefecture Nagqu Prefecture
County Amdo County
Elevation 4,710 m (15,450 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Major Nationalities Tibetan
 • Regional dialect Tibetan language
Time zone +8

Amdo, also Anduo, and Draknak, is a town and seat of Amdo County in the Nagqu Prefecture of the northern Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It lies 464 kilometres north of Lhasa and 138 km north of Nagqu.

"Constructed on the southern side of the Dangla Mountains, Amdo is a Chinese-style town on the Qinghai-Tibet Highway. The road here leads off to the west, heading towards the Mt. Kailash area via the Changthang Plateau. Many of the buses from Golmud to Lhasa used to stay overnight here."[1]

At an elevation of 4,710 metres (15,450 ft), Amdo is one of the highest year-round settlements in the world. It is now closed to tourists on the 1,130 km journey between Golmud and Lhasa. It is south of the Tanggula Shankou Pass (5,206 metres (17,080 ft)) on the border of Qinghai and Tibet, the highest pass between Lhasa and Golmud.[2]


  1. ^ Osada, Allwright and Kanamaru (2000), p. 108.
  2. ^ Osada, Allwright and Kanamaru (2000), p. 195.


  • Osada, Allwright and Kanamaru (2000). Mapping the Tibetan World. Yukiyasu Osada, Gavin Allwright and Atsushi Kanamaru. Kotan Publishing, Tokyo. Reprint edition 2004.

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