Qamdo Overview

Chinese Name: 昌都市 English IPA: Qamdo City Location: East of Tibet Population (city): 730,000 Language: Tibetan and Han Language Zip code: 854000 Tel code: 0895 Time zone: (UTC+8)

Qamdo, which means“juncture of rivers” in Tibetan language, is located in east Tibet, lying in Hengduan Mountains and basin of Jinsha River, Lancang River and Nu River.  In ancient time, Qamdo is the important stop of Tea Horse Route in business. Though the commercial role fades nowadays, it still is a must pass from Sichuan or Yunnan Province to east Tibet. Large number of small freshwater lakes and the most concentrated glaciers in Qinghai Tibet Plateau make it one of the major farming and animal husbandry districts in Tibet. It is also famed as the ‘Pearl of Tibet‘ due to its pivot position on Tibetan commerce and trade.

Highlights of Qamdo

  • Natural Scenery: Qamdo landscape will feast your eyes with beautiful scenery of lakes, magnificent mountains and amazing glaciers, such as Rawu Lake, Lhegu Glacier and Bangda Grassland, etc.  You will be shocked by the first glimpse of bluish water of Rawu lake, with surrounding snow-capped mountains and green grass carpet. In the north side of Rawu Lake, lies the famous Lhegu Glacier, whose snow water will pour into the lake to keep it clear and rich.
  • Monastery: Galden Jampaling Monastery is the most famous one among the monasteries in Qamdo.  It is also known as Qambaling Monastery, Changbalin Monastery, or Qiangbalin Monastery. The top of things to see in Chamdo is the god dance in Jampaling Monastery. Each year, during the Butter Sculpture Festival, there is god dance performance. 
  • Historical Relics: Karub Ruins is recommended for you to know more about the earlier history and culture of Qamdo. Qamdo was once an important post on the Ancient Tea-horse Road, therefore, it is necessary to visit the Ancient Tea Horse Caravan in Riwoqe if you are interested in tea culture. Cliff paintings in Qamdo are also worth visiting, such as Renda Cliff Carving
  • Mountain Hiking: Besides the hiking experience, mountains in Qamdo also offer you magnificent and impressive scenery. Dongda Mountain is the must-visit among those. It is lawn green and attractive in summer with yak group and extremely beautiful scenery.

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Qamdo Attractions

Qamdo attractions will feast your eyes with beautiful scenery of lakes, magnificent mountains and amazing glaciers, which will be the highlight of your Tibet travel. Qamdo is the third largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. You may find both brilliant historic sites and fabulous sights there. Lots of spectacular sightseeing in Qamdo wait for your further discovery. For foreign travelers, it is available to visit beautiful Midui Glacier, Lhegu Glacier and Rawok Lake. Top Attraction in Qamdo The most attractive sites [...]

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Qamdo Tours

Qamdo tours offer you wide range of tour packages of various tourism themes, such as ethnic minority discovery tour, photography tour, Tibetan culture tour, Tibetan adventure tour, overland tour, festival tour, nature discovery Tour and cycling tour, etc. We can customize a tour package according to your needs. Tibet Qamdo tour packages allow you to appreciate the beauty of mirror-like and limpid Rawu Lake and gorgeous Laigu Glaciers in Ranwu Town. You may also can explore the ancient well-preserved Galden Jampaling Monastery and Karub ruins. [...]

Climate & When to Go

Qamdo Climate and Weather is a must-read one before you start your Tibet travel. Qamdo enjoys a plateau subtemperate subhumid climate. The summer climate is mild and humid, while the winter climate is dry and cold; The annual temperature difference is small, and the daily temperature difference is large. The average annual sunshine duration is 2100-2700 hours, the annual frost-free period is 46-162 days and the annual precipitation is 477.7 mm, concentrated in May to September. Common natural disasters are frost [...]

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Qamdo transportation is at a relatively developed level in Tibet. Qamdo is in the hub area of Tibet and Sichuan and Yunnan, and is the east gate of Tibet. It is an important traffic channel linking Tibet with the mainland. Qamdo traffic mainly relies on road and aviation. National highway 214, 317, 318, and the provincial road 303, etc, pass through the territory. The road surface is mostly sand-stone road surface. During the rainy season, the natural [...]

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Festivals and Activities

Qamdo festivals and activities tell you what to do during the festival tour in Qamdo, and they will surely enrich your Tibet tour. Tibetan Festivals are traditionally based on lunar calendar. Most of the Tibetan festivals on the Tibetan plateaus are deeply influenced by Buddhism or rich ancestral culture. During the festivals, all the people wear traditional costume and perform different traditional dances and ritual activities. Festival is the best way to experience the diverse culture and tradition of [...]

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Travel Tips

This page offers some useful Qamdo Travel Tips for you to get a better travel experience. Qamdo is the third largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. Connecting Sichuan Province to the east, Deqin County to the southeast, Nyingchi area to the southwest and Nagqu to the northwest. In ancient time, Qamdo is the important stop of Tea Horse Route and famed as the 'Pearl of Tibet' due to its pivot position on Tibetan commerce and trade. You may find both brilliant historic sites and fabulous sights in Qamdo. [...]

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Useful Maps

Qamdo Maps include Qamdo City Map, Qamdo Attraction Maps, Qamdo Tour Maps, Qamdo Transportation Maps, Qamdo Location Maps, etc., through which you will get the overall information about Qamdo for your Tibet Travel. Through these Qamdo maps, you can probably know how to get to Qamdo and what to discover there.  Qamdo Tourist Attractions Maps [...]

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Qamdo Accommodation

Hotels in Qamdo mostly gather around scenic spots, which provide convenience for you Tibet trip. Apart from a small number of 4-star and 5-star hotels, there are many economic and cozy hotels or hostels you can choose from in Qamdo. Recommended Hotels in Qamdo The Best Luxury 5-star Hotels in Qamdo Songtsam Hotel . Laigu (八宿松赞来古山居) Address: Laigu Village, Ranwu Town of Baxoi County, Qamdo  八宿 然乌镇来古村 Tel: 0895-4566551 Mangkang Songzanrumei Homestay (芒康松赞如美山居) Address: Laigu Village, Ranwu Town of Baxoi County, Qamdo  芒康  [...]

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