Also known as the Northern Plateau in Tibet, Nakchu is 4,500 meters above sea level, 2,400 kilometers long and 700 kilometers wide. It is sandwiched by the Kunlun-Tanggula-Gangdise-Nyainqentanglha mountain ranges, and enjoys convenient transportation with the Qinghai-Tibet Highway passing by. It is a place worth visiting with fantastic scenes, historical sites, and local custom.
|Yangpachen||Qingzang highway and Northern Prairie|
110 kilometers (68 miles) north to Lhasa, Yangpachen is famous for its hot springs. It is said that a long time ago before the sky and the earth was separated, the whole world was in total darkness. People living at the foot of Mt.Nyainqentanglha were suffering. Then snow capped peaks of Mt. Nyainqentanglha appeared; grassland like huge carpet emerged; happiness came to the Tibetan people. Now it has a thermoelectricity plant, green houses and hot spring bathrooms, attracting more and more tourists.
It is 4,700 metres above sea level, 70 kilometres in length, 30 kilometres in width and 1,940 square kilometres in size. Namtso lake is located 60 kilometres northweast of Dangxiong County. It is both the highest and largest salt water lake in the world. Pious Buddhists worship the lake as holy and come from Tibet, India and Nepal to pay their homage.
Nakchu Horse Racing Festival
|Damxung||Grassland and Sacred Lake|
In August, the most important festival in North Tibet during the golden season on the grassland, thousands of herdsman throng to Nakchu riding fine horses, and carrying the local products. During the August over 10,000 people will cross high passes of more than 4000 m(13123 ft) by foot, horse and jeep to make their way to Nakchu Racecourse to run their horses, eat, drink and enjoy themselves during the annual horse festival holiday. This racecourse, at 4500 m(14763 ft), is undoubtedly the highest racecourse in the world. During this time of festivities and dance, everyone dresses in their finest and most colorful clothing and adorns themselves with chunks of gold and turquoise jewelry.
|Namtso Lake||Northern Prairie|