Linzhi, situated in the reduce reaches of Yarlung Tsangpo River, has an average elevation of approximately 9,843 feet. Its unique geographical location contributes to its numerous tourist resources, the appealing valley, beautiful lake, splendid waterfall, majestic mountains, thick forest also as the ancient Buddhist temples.
Named “Gongbu” in the ancient time, Linzhi prefecture has a long history that can be traced to Tibet’s prehistoric period. Along Niyang river, some human stones and grave groups were discovered, which indicate at that time the human in Linzhi prefecture engaged in agriculture, having a resident life. Bayi Town, lying on the bank of the Niyang River, is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. As a developing industrial city in eastern Tibet, it is the site of the Nyang River flows south of the town. Bayi town used to be a small town with a wool mill, a power plant, a timber mill, a paper mill, a building material factory and other factories, as well as a hospital, a school and a bank. Now the formerly sparsely populated small town has become a thriving new town in the forest zone.
There are several major rivers in Linzhi. Lhasa River –one of the five major tributaries of the Yarlung Zangbo River, originates from Nyainqentanglha Mountain on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is 551kms long and its drainage area covers nearly 30,000 square km. Lhasa River is a place for Tibetan to have a bath and wash their clothes in the seventh month of the Tibetan calendar. During this Bathing Festival from Garmagun in the east to Sahu in the south and Rainbow Spring at the foot of the Sera Monastery, people can enjoy their bathing and washing. Another river, Nyang River, is a major river in south-west Tibet and the longest tributary of the Yalung Tsangpo river.
The Nyang has a length of 307.5kms and originates at 5,000 meters above the sea level from the Cuomuliangla, west of the Mila Mountain. With an average flow of 538 cubic meters per minute, it has an aquatic power potential of 2.08 million kilowatts. Its largest tributary is the Ba River.
Except stunning sceneries of major lakes, Linzhi also owns appealing valley and beautiful lakes. Batsom Lake - Located 360 km east of Lhasa, 50km north of the 318 highway and 120km west of Bayi Town, Basomtso Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the east of Tibet. At a sea level of 3,469 meters, the lake covers an area of about 26 square kilometers with a maximum depth of 60 meters.
The sky-blue lake water and the verdant mountains around the lake create a tranquil and splendid scene all year around. The Basomtso Lake is a holy lake for the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Nyingmapa, also called the Red Hat Sect.
Rich forests can be seen everywhere in Linzhi. Lunang Forest – Lunang means “Palace of the Dragon King”, where you can find an immense evergreen sea of primeval forest and flowers blooming all over the place. Horse riding is offered on an fended meadow area. Guests can also enjoy traditional accommodation inside those Tibetan-styled colorful tents where local Tibetans will offer khadas and wine to you when singing blessing folk songs.
And the famous Mila Pass in an unknown mountain, with an altitude of 5013.25 meters, is cover with snow all the year. The south line of Sichuan-Tibet highway passed through it.
Visiting Nyingchi city at correct time tends to make the tour more mesmerizing. Making it to March or July will be perfect since there may be peach blossom all over the mountains.