Gyangze is located in the southern part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region along the Nyang Qu river. The county covers an area of 3,800 square km at an average elevation of 4,100 meters. It consists of 18 townships, one town, 157 administrative villages with a total population of 62,000.
Gyangze Town is 4.5 square km large and has a population 10,800.
Although there live over 10,000 people here, it looks more rural than our 500 people hometown.
Gyangze is not that big, and there are only two major sites in town. Go to the Dzong (fort)on top of the hill in the morning, when it is not too hot to climb the hill. Enjoy the museum and the view and go down to have lunch.
From 15:00 you can visit the monastery and the Kumbum which are on the same premisses.
Have dinner in town and after a good night sleep in a hotel you can be on your way to Xigatse for instance.
Fondest memory: The picture shows the Newari style eyes on the top floor of the Kumbum.
Favorite thing: This venerated statue actually represents the historical figure of the Buddha "Gautama" and not one of its many representations. Statues like these abound in Tibetan monasteries, but it is rare to be able to photograph them.
Favorite thing: It is a sprawling Tibetan city around one of the most important monasteries. Also called, the Dzong, the city's fort dominates above the wide stretches of houses, and protects the location along with surrounding fortifications on the neighbouring hills.
Favorite thing: These paintings cover the walls of monasteries throughout Tibet, but it is rare to be allowed to take pictures inside. I was fortunate to have this authorisation this time, as this is well representative of the Tibetan art.
Favorite thing: Naming conventions are tricky - this is the main temple of Pelkor Chöde with the Kumbum Tschörte (dagoba - tower), one of the most important ones of Tibet, also known as Baiju temple and Paltso monastery. Its highlight is the Beigengqudeng - a Tibetan word for octagonal dagoba. The monastery is a must-see included on many trips from Lhasa.