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Yarlung Tsangpo River

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Shanhaiguan Great Wall Introduction to Yarlung Tsangpo River (雅鲁藏布江)

Yarlung Tsangpo River is a watercourse that originates at Tamlung Tso lake in western Tibet, southeast of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. It later forms the South Tibet Valley and Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, before passing through the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India, where it is known as the Dihang.

As the one of the highest river in the world, the Yarlung Tsangpo River originates at the northern foot of the Himalayas. It extends 2,057 kilometers in length within the Chinese borders. Like a giant silver dragon, the Yarlung Tsangpo River rushes from west to east. Originating at more than 5,300 meters above sea level, the Yarlung Tsangpo River flows from mountain ranges at the northern slope of the Himalayas’ middle section into the south of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which vis also known as “the Roof of the World”.

Downstream from Arunachal Pradesh the river becomes wider and at this point is called the Brahmaputra River. From Assam (India) the river has entered Bangladesh at Ramnabazar point. From there till about 200 years ago it used to flow eastward and joined Megna River near Bhairavbazar. This old channel has been gradually dying now. At present the main channel of the river is called Jamuna River, which follows southward to meet Ganges known in Bangladesh as the Padma.

Yarlung Tsangpo River cuts Himalaya Mountain, the highest in the world, flowing twistingly to the south of Tibet. The world famous Yarlong Tsangpo Canyon can be found in a big turn of this river. This canyon is the deepest in the world. Its mystery and steepness catches the eyesight almost of all the people on the earth.

The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is one of the must-see attractions while visit Yarlung Tsangpo River. Located at a large bend in the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, it is the deepest canyon in the world. The towering peaks situated immediately next to the gorge create a sharp terrain contrast of several thousand meters, and form imposing scenery considered by some to be the grandest in the world.

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Tsedang District, Tibet

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Travel Information

Admission Fee: Free

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Main Sights

Yarlung Tsangpo River and Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon

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Travel Tips 

1. The best time to visit Yarlung Tsangpo River is between May and October.

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Tour including Visiting Yarlung Tsangpo River

Tsedang, Shigatse, Base Camp, Lhasa 8 Days Tour

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