East Gate of Tibet
dream destination to share the magnificent landscape
Qamdo City, “juncture of rivers” in Tibetan language, is located in east Tibet, lying in Hengduan Mountains and basin of Jinsha River, Lancang River and Nu River. Ruled by Tubo Kingdom in the 8th century, Qamdo officially became part of Tibet from then on and developed to be a vital location of Ancient Tea Horse Road in business. Though the commercial role fades in nowadays, it still is a must pass from Sichuan or Yunnan Province to east Tibet. Large number of small freshwater lakes and the most concentrated glaciers in Qinghai Tibet Plateau make it one of the major farming and animal husbandry districts in Tibet. Lies in south Karuo District, Qamdo City, Qamdo Town owns both historic sites and natural scenery.
Top Qamdo Attractions
Covering an area of 108,600 square kilometers, Qamdo/Chamdo Prefecture used to belong to western Kham. Qamdo City is the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa (the biggest) and Shigatse (the second largest). In the prefecture, the most attractive site must be the crystal green Ranwu Lake in Baxoi County, surrounded by snow covered mountains and imposing glaciers. Known as a mysterious historic and cultural land with a long history of over thousands years, Qamdo offers not only the beautiful scenery of lakes, magnificent mountains, but also present amazing glaciers like Laigu Glacier. Lots of spectacular sightseeing in Qamdo wait for your further discovery. For foreign travelers, it is available to visit beautiful Midui Glacier, Laigu Glacier and Ranwu Lake.
This jade landslide lake is the biggest lake in east Tibet. Lots of tourists visit it when passing through G318 Hwy. Taking a photo of its fascinating crystal green water, nearby snowcapped mountains, colorful azalea in sight and lush jungles makes your Qamdo tour satisfied and memorable.
Laigu Glacier, a group of gorgeous glaciers, is one of the biggest three glaciers in the world, located next to Ranwu Lake. Being the source of Parlung Zangbo River, its meltwater flows into Ranwu Lake and nourish dense virgin forests and many Tibetan villages along both sides.