Nyingchi, Tibet (西藏林芝)
Basongcuo Lake in Linzhi
Nyingchi, or Linzhi in Chinese, lies in the southeast part of Tibet Autonomous Region. Located near the lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, it is blessed with a semi-humid climate and fascinating scenery. With a large number of river valleys and alpine gorges, Nyingchi is also called the "Switzerland of Tibet". When travelling there, you will be amazed by the lofty snow-capped mountain peaks, well-preserved original forests, cypresses that can grow up to thirty meters, and numerous colorful grasses. Travelers can also take part in various activities, such as mountain hiking, rock climbing and white water rafting, and experience the unique local customs of the Menba and Luoba people.
Best time to visit: May and October
Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon: 150 yuan for adults; 70 yuan for kids
Giant Cypress Forest: 10 yuan
Gangxiang Nature Reserve: free
Basongcuo Lake: 100 yuan
Getting there: You can take a plane to Linzhi Airport, or take coach or train to Linzhi from Lhasa or Chengdu.