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Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake Tour

In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake'. Namtso is famous for its high altitude and beautiful scenery. Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, Namtso Lake is the biggest lake throughout Tibet, also one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. With 4,718 meters (15,475 feet) above sea level and covering 1,900 square kilometers (735 square miles), the lake is the highest saltwater lake in the world. Namtso Lake's touching beauty should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet. Its purity and solemn are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seems to be cleansed by the pure lake water. Namtso Lake, located in the broad prairie of north of Tibet, is surrounded by a tremendous dike-Nyantsentanglha Mountain.
Circumambulation around the lake at the right moment equals 100 thousand times of that in normal years.Besides the beautiful scenery in Namtso, it is also a famous sacred Buddhist place. There is a Zhaxi Temple in Zhaxi by land. In every Tibetan year of sheep, thousands of Buddhism adherents will come here to worship. As a rule, they will walk clockwise along the Namtso Lake in order to receive the blessing of the gods. The most solemn festival in Namtso happens in the Year of the Sheep in Tibetan calendar. Every 12 years, thousands of believers flock here and walk around the lake. According to the tradition, if you circle Namtso Lake on foot, you will get great happiness and comfort. Address: between Damxung County of Lhasa Prefecture and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture  Contact number: 0086-10-85968802  Admission Fee:CNY80  Opening Hours: 24 Hours

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