Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group in Lhatse County, Shigatse

Chinese Name: 查木钦古墓群
English Name: Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group in Lhatse County, Shigatse
Location: Located in Lhatse County, Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group

Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group(查木钦古墓群)is located in Chamuqin Village(查木钦村), Quma Township(曲玛乡), Lhatse County(拉孜县), Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region with an altitude of about 4,000 meters. The tomb group belongs to Zanpu Langdama family(赞普——朗达玛家族), the descendant of the last regime of Tubo Fifth Dynasty(吐蕃五朝), which is with very large scale. The discovery of tombs, especially the stone lions and tombstones, is an important material to study the burial system of ancient Tibet. In 1996, it was listed as a cultural relic protection unit of Tibet autonomous region. In May 2006, it was designated as the national key cultural relic protection unit.

The Construction of Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group

Located in the north bank of the Brahmaputra River, Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group concludes a total of 135 tombs and 28 sacrifice pits. The tomb group is divided by a gully into A and B two zones. A zone in the west with a total of 101 tombs, a sacrifice pit, large area of housing sites, stone lions, stone monuments, and so on, which covers an area of 646000 square meters. Area B is located in the east, with a total of 34 tombs, a small number of graves and ruins, covering an area of nearly 270,000 square meters.

The Historic and Cultural Value of Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group

Chamuqin Ancient Tomb Group is very spectacular, with the tall tomb horses which looks like a giant base, located in the mountains. It is also the second largest tombs in ancient Tibet which has far-reaching significance to the study of the ancient political history, culture and folk customs of Tubo Regime.

Attraction Transportation

There is only one train running through Lhatse which passes over 253 kilometers for the ticket fee of 40RMB.  It takes about 3 hours by a car.

Attraction Travel Tips

  1. Traveling Hours: 2 to 4 hours
  2. Traveling Seasons: June to October
  3. High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content.
  4. Pay attention to prepare some necessities for the cold weather like the hat, gloves, scarf and thick winter coat and so on.
  5. Please try you best to respect the local folk customs, especially their religious belief and taboos when you traveling in Tibet.