Nyingchi (Linzhi) Travel Guide
Full Name: Nyingchi Prefecture
Chinese Name: 林芝地区 (lín zhī dì qū)
Location: Located in southeastern Tibet Autonomous Region on the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo River), Nyingchi is the gateway to Tibet from Yunnan and Sichuan. It neighbors Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province in the east and is bordered by Lhasa in the west. In the south, it shares a boundary with India and Burma. The regional government is seated in Bayi Town, over 400 kilometers east of Lhasa.
Area: 117,000 square kilometers (45,173 square miles)
Nationalities: Tibetan, Han
Administrative Division: 7 counties (Nyingchi, Kongpo Gyamda, Mainling, Medog, Bomi, Zayu, Lanxian)
Seat of the Prefecture Government: 21, Shuangyong Lu, Bayi Town, Nyingchi County
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0894-5998811
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
China Post Nyingchi Branch: 13, Zhuhai Lu, Bayi Town, Nyingchi County
Yarlung Tsangpo River: It cuts through the Himalayas making a unique u-turn round Mt. Namcha Barwa before reaching Motuo (Medog County) and the famous Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon. The canyon is 496 kilometers long and is deeper than the Grand Canyon in America. It is, in fact, the deepest canyon in the world. In the innermost recesses of the canyon lies Motuo, the only county in China without a single road. It is like an isolated and mysterious 'Xanadu' seemingly outside the earthly world. Needless to say, it is best traveled on foot.
Zayu: It is a fertile place at the convergence of the Himalayas and Hengduan Mountains. It is crisscrossed by rivers and the weather is moderate throughout the year. Zayu is like a southern China water town reminiscent of a picturesque painting on the Tibetan Plateau. Rice, vegetables and fruits grow on its terraces and plains.
How to Get to Nyingchi
Nyingchi Mainling Airport is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Mainling's county seat of Mainling and 72 kilometers (45 miles) from Nyingchi (Linzhi) County. It currently operates five flights a week to Chengdu.
Buses leave Bayu Town in Nyingchi County for Lhasa daily at 8:30 a.m. There is now a planned road from Bomi and Motuo to Nyingshi. Construction is expected to start in 2008 and be completed in two years.
Due to the high Indian Ocean winds, the area enjoys temperate semi-humid weather. This climate promotes the growth of lush, green forested areas. Milder weather prevails most of the year but the winters are cold with average temperatures of 32F. October through April is probably the ideal period to visit although winter months can be cold. May though September the weather is warmer; however, this is also the region's rainy season.
Nyingchi Travel Tips
History: Nyingchi is one of the important cradles of ancient Tibetan civilization having been settled as early as four or five thousand years ago. It was under domination of the Tupo Kingdom for two hundred years (7th century to the 9th century). Since its liberation in 1951, it has moved away from its long past as a feudal society.
Physical Features: Nyingchi is noted for its verdant mountainous terrain and clear waterways. The Himalayan and Tangula mountains wend their way from west to east to join the Hengduan Mountains. Because of the large number of river valleys and alpine gorges, the region is sometimes referred to as the 'Switzerland of Tibet'.
Special Local Products: Chinese herbal medicines; Menba wooden bowls; bambooware; pottery and fruits such as oranges, apples and grapes.
Local Highlights: The Niangbu Lasu Festival is held in Kongpo Gyamda County on the tenth day of the 'horse year' on the Tibetan calendar. It features sacrificial rites as well as horse and yak racing and singing and dancing performances. The Kongpo New Year Festival, also in Kongpo Gyamda, is held on October 1. It is filled with such entertainment as ethnic singing and dancing, horse racing and archery contests.
I would like to fly in to Lhasa and take a bus or mini van to Linzhi. Can foreigners travel this road with the correct permits or is it closed to foreigners?
I would not be traveling in New Year period.
Could you recommend tour operator who can arrange Base Camp services, logistics and permits?
I am told that no permits to tour group are issued for this flower season there, is this true? How do we get our Tibet visa to view the wild flower blossoms and specially prepared festival in this season?
However, as the Chinese New Year has ended and foreigners are allowded to enter there again since April 1st, 2015. The policy of 2016 is still unknown.
But still, all foreigners are asked to join a tour organized by travel agencies to get in there. In this case, there is no need for you to worry about it. Your agency will handle it for you.