BadongTso Lake in Lhorong County, Chamdo
Chinese Name: 八冻措湖
English Name: BadongTso Lake in Lhorong County, Chamdo
Location: Located in Lhorong County, Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day
About BadongTso Lake
BadongTso Lake（八冻措湖）means Conch Lake in Tibetan language, which is located on the top of Bamei Mountain（八美山）of Lajiu Township, about 88 kilometers from Lhorong County（洛隆县）, Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. It is about 7 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, and the lake is always milky white. If tourists are lucky enough, they can see the mirage of the lake, and hear the melodious fairy sounds of the lake. According to legend, on April 15th of Tibetan calendar each year, the lakes will initiatively splitting out to offer the chance for local people to irrigate their crops. It is said that the lake has eighteen curves.
Located in the Bangda Grassland, the Chamdo Bangda Airport is the world’s highest airport and has the longest runway. It is 136 kilometers (84.5 miles) from Chamdo County. As the first lateral airport in Tibet, Chamdo Bangda Airport started to be built in 1993 and finished in October, 1994. At present, it has air routes to/from domestic cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Tianjin, Xian, and Xining; meanwhile, flights to/from Nepal are also operated at this airport.
Passengers can take airport shuttle bus to Lhorong County from the airport.
The airport inquiry number is +86 0895-4821004.
The Prefecture is over 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) from Chengdu and over 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) from Lhasa. Every week at least three buses travel between Qamdo and the two cities. Apart from regular buses, the tourist bureau sometimes sends special buses to Lhasa for visitors. They do not drive at night, so the whole journey may take five or six days. For individual tourists, hiring passing cars, mostly freight cars, is the best choice. These cars usually pick up passengers at the bus station in Lhorong County, and visitors can negotiate the details with the drivers.
Attraction Travel Tips
- Traveling Hours: half a day
- Traveling Seasons: June to October.
- High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Better take some medicines for relief and keep warm all the time.
- As there is a large temperature gap between daytime and night, it is highly recommended to take along some pieces of thermal clothing, hat, and gloves and so on.
- Owing to the long distance and circuitous route, it is better to head for the attraction in the early morning.
- Please try your best to respect the religious belief and local customs.