06 Tibet Shigatse

06 Tibet Shigatse

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Shigatse, “the fertile land”, is the second largest city in Tibet, only after Lhasa. It is cultural, economic and political center of Tibet. It sits where the Yarlong Tsangpo River and Nyangchu River meets, and has an altitude of 3800m. Shigatse is geographically important also because of the fact that it is only 300 kilometers away from Mt. Everest, and it is on the way to most major attractions in Tibet from Lhasa. The city has a history of more than 600 years. It is the seat of Panchen Lama, an influential spiritual figure in Tibetan history.

Shigatse is especially famous for multiple historic heritage sites in respect of Buddhism. The most prominent among them is Tashilhunpo Monastery. Its golden roof and impressive buildings are a great sight to witness. The annual Buddha Unveiling Festival also allows visitors the opportunity to experience a religious tradition that is still very much alive today.

Country Tibet, China
Visa requirements

For foreign travelers visiting Tibet, you will need valid Chinese visa and all the necessary Tibet travel permits.

LanguagesTibetan, Mandarin, English
Minorities & PopulationTibetan & Han Chinese, 70,3292 (2017 data)
Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Area (km2) 182,000 square kilometers (about 70,270 square miles)
Cai Yuan Hotel Zhangmu

Cai Yuan Hotel Zhangmu

樟木财缘宾馆:No.30, Yingbin Road, Zhangmu, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Everest Tent Camp

Everest Tent Camp

珠峰大本营藏式帐篷招待所: Everest base Camp, Tingri, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Fu Shang Fu Hotel

Fu Shang Fu Hotel

日喀则府上府大酒店: No 14, Nianhe Lu, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Gang Gyan Shigatse Orchard Hotel

Gang Gyan Shigatse Orchard Hotel

西藏刚坚日喀则宾馆: No. 28, Yingbin Road, Zhangmu Town, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Gyantse Chugu hotel

Gyantse Chugu hotel

江孜楚古宾馆: Gyantse, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Gyantse Hotel

Gyantse Hotel

江孜饭店: No.2 Shanghai East Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Gyantse Jian Zang Hotel

江孜建藏饭店: No. 14, Yingxiong South Road, Gyantse, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Gyantse Minghu Hotel

Gyantse Minghu Hotel

江孜明湖饭店: No 1, Shanghai Road, Gyantse, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Gyantse Yeti Hotel

Gyantse Yeti Hotel

江孜雅迪花园酒店: No.11 Weiguo Lu, Gyantse County, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Gyirong Feitian Hotel

Gyirong Feitian Hotel

吉隆飞天宾馆: Jilong town, Shigatse City, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Gyirong Hotel

Gyirong Hotel

吉隆宾馆: Jilong town, Shigatse City, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Jiumu Yamei International Hotel Shigatse

Jiumu Yamei International Hotel Shigatse

久木亚美国际大酒店: No.3 Jilin North Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Lhatse Shanghai Grand Hotel

Lhatse Shanghai Grand Hotel

拉孜上海大酒店: No. 11 Jiading Road, Lhatse, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Lhatse Tibetan Farmer Hotel

Lhatse Tibetan Farmer Hotel

西藏拉孜农民旅馆: No. 27 Laozhongni Road, Lhatse, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Qomo Langzong Hotel

Qomo Langzong Hotel

日喀则乔穆朗宗酒店: Shanghai Middle Road, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Rongbuk Monastery Hotel

Rongbuk Monastery Hotel

绒布寺饭店: Rongbuk Monastery, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Saga Hotel

Saga Hotel

萨嘎酒店: No.6 Gesang Road, Saga Town, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Sakya Manasarovar Hotel

Sakya Manasarovar Hotel

萨迦神湖宾馆: No. 1, Kelsang West Road, Sakya County, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Shigatse Dong Fang Ming Sheng Hotel

Shigatse Dong Fang Ming Sheng Hotel

日喀则东方明圣大酒店: North Shanghai Road, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Shigatse Gesar Hotel

Shigatse Gesar Hotel

日喀则格萨尔酒店: Longjiang Middle Road, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Shigatse Holyland Hotel

Shigatse Holyland Hotel

日喀则圣康饭店: No.5 Shandong Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Shigatse Hotel

Shigatse Hotel

日喀则饭店: No.12 Shanghai Middle Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Shigatse Jipei Hotel

Shigatse Jipei Hotel

日喀则吉培大酒店: No.1 Ji Peirong Road Shigatse City, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

日喀则神湖酒店: Qingdao Dong Lu 20, Shigatse, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Shigatse Shandong Mansion

Shigatse Shandong Mansion

日喀则山东大厦: No.102 Shandong Road, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Shigatse Tashi Choeta Hotel

Shigatse Tashi Choeta Hotel

西藏日喀则扎西曲塔大酒店: No.2 Xueqiang Rd, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Shigatse Yak Hotel

Shigatse Yak Hotel

日喀则亚宾馆: No.20, Qingdao Road, Shigatse, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Shigatse Zanglong Hotel

Shigatse Zanglong Hotel

日喀则藏隆大酒店: No.1 Zhufeng Road, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Taixing Hotel

Taixing Hotel

日喀则泰兴宾馆: No.4 East Zhade Road, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Tenzin Hotel

Tenzin Hotel

日喀则旦增宾馆: No. 8, Bangjiazha Bangjialin Road, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Tian Lin Hotel

Tian Lin Hotel

日喀则天临大酒店: No.5 Zhufeng West Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Wanrun International Resort Hotel

Wanrun International Resort Hotel

万润国际度假酒店: Xigaze Pedestrian Street, Shigatse Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
Wutse Hotel

Wutse Hotel

乌孜大酒店: No.21 Helongjiang Middle Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Yangtze Hotel

Yangtze Hotel

日喀则阳孜饭店: North of Heilongjiang Road, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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樟木宾馆: Zhangmu Town, Shigatse, Tibet, 06 Tibet Shigatse
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Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.

Attractions to See

Inside Shigatse city

There are many monasteries in this region due to heavy religious atomosphere.

Tashihunpo Monastery

The monastery was built in 1447.It is located in the northwest of the city.The magnificent atomosphere is around the Monastery due to the shining roofs and bright red walls.People can see it from even tens of kilometers away.Inside the Monastery sits the largest copper Buddha decorated with numerious luxurious jewels.Every year the Buddha Unveiling Festival presents the huge portraits of Buddhas that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over China.Additionally,Tibetan dance of dispelling evils is performed during Sorcerer's Dance Festival.

 Shalu Monastery

The Shalu Monastry ,located20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Shigatse, is a perfect combination of Han and Tibetan architectural styles

Panchen Lama's Palace

The palace lies in the southwest of the city and has many historical relics of Tibet and a variety of delicate works of art.It was built in a magnificent architectural style and peaceful environment.

Local Residence

There is a clean and ordered old district in the north of the city,where most of the houses have typical Tibetan architecture style.In the front door of every house hangs the paintings of scenes and characters from scripture to dispel evil and each roof has prayer flags.

Near Shigatse City

Mount Everest

The world's highest peak Mt.Everest lies at the the junction of Tingri County and Nepal.It is 8844.43-meter (about 29,017 feet) high.Tibetans call the Mount 'Qomolangma' which means 'the peak of goddess'.Because of its holy appearance and altitute,it attracts curious and brave climbers all over the world.

Dinning and Shopping

Dining

Shigatse serves typical Tibetan food from dairy products to air-dried beef and mutton. Tsampa is a staple for people traveling long distances. Barley wine is favored across all age groups because of its low content of alcohol. Shigatse is full of afforadable Tibetan and Sichuan restaurants. Some popular restaurant streets are  Jiefang North. Road and Qomolangma Road. You will also find delicious treats in the night market near the bus station.

Recommended Restaurants:

Guo Ji Rou
Address: No.14, Qomolangma Road, Shigatse City

Yinlong Chinese Food Town
Address: No. 23, Shanghai Road (Middle), Shigatse City

Jinzuo Reataurant
Address: No.28, Gesanglakang, Shigatse City

Samzhubze Hotel
Address: No.2, Gonjolin Road, Shigatse City

Shigatse Hotel
Address: No.13, Jiefang Road (Middle), Shigatse City

 

Shopping

Shigatse is a great place to shop authentic Tibetan handcrafts. The most culturally unique souvenirs include the Tibetan knife, Tangkar, cushion and golden and silver wares. Zhaxijicai village in the south of Shigatse is a good place to shop around. You can find goods for daily life at the bazaar in the north of Shigatse as well.

Transport

Shigatse was very closed before 1950s.Locals use yak as their main transportation mode.Highway can not be found except only narrow winding trails extending throughout the area that makes it difficult for residents to get in touch with the outside world.

However,today Shigatse has become the main transportation hub of Tibet.The China-Nepal Highway,No.318 National Highway,Shigatse-Yadong Highway and Lhasa-Purang Highwat pass by  here.And now 18 districts of this area are inter-linked .The highway plays a vital role in local's everyday life.

Air

Shigatse Heping Airport,around 43 kilometers (26.7 miles) to downtown, is in the Jiangdang Township,Shigatse.It is the fifth civil

It is the fifth civil airport of Tibet and the other four are Gonggar Airport of Lhasa, Bangda Airport of Qamdo, Mainling Airport of Nyingchi and Kunsha Airport of Ngari. There are only two flights of Shigatse-Chengdu every week at the moment.

Train

People can take Lhasa-Shigatse Railway to Shigatse.This line was put in use on August 16th,2014.And it takes 2.5-3 hours from Lhasa to Shigatse.

The ticket fare ranges from 40.5 CNY to 169.5 CNY depends on what kind of seat you have got.The government plans to extend Lhasa-Shigatse Railway to Nepal and it will provide convinience for the travel bettwen the two countries.

Long-distance Bus

Shigatse Bus Station is on Jiefang Road.And you can find long-distance buses to Lhasa, Zhangmu, Dromo, Ngari and Nakchu.

 

Taxi

Taxi fare is very cheap within the city.It only costs about 5 CNY in the daytime and 10 CNY in the evening.

Pedicab

Pedicab here only costs CNY 2-3 per person within the city.And visitors are recommend to walk to experience local culture seeing stuff since the city is tiny and walkable.