Riwoqê County

Riwoqê County Overview

Chinese Name: 类乌齐县 English IPA: leiwuqi xian Location: Located in Chamdo prefecture in northern Tibet (Kham) Population (city): 49870(2010) Language: Tibetan language and mandarin Chinese Zip code: Tel code: Time zone:

Riwoqê County, or Riwoche (Tibetan: རི་བོ་ཆེ་རྫོང་, Wylie ri bo che rdzong; Chinese: 类乌齐县; Pinyin: Lèiwūqí Xiàn) is a county of the Chamdo Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Located in the former province of Kham, Riwoche Monastery located here became the seat of the Taklung Kagyu, one of the four chief schools of the Kagyu sect.

Highlights of Riwoqe County

Riwoche Monastery: Riwoche Monastery, Riwoche Tsuklakhang Tragyelma (Tib. ri-bo-che; Ch. Leiwuqi Si) is situated 29 km north of the small town of Ratsaka (also known as Riwoche Town), and 134 km west of Chamdo in Kham. It is at an altitude of about 3,400 metres (11, 152 ft) in a fertile valley containing the Dzi River, a tributary to the Mekong River.

Yiri Hot Spring(伊日温泉): located at Riwoqê County, surrounded by the hills, is a famous hot spring which can cure diseases.

Jiumichan Monastery(旧密禅寺): within Riwoqê County, 105 KM away from the county seat, is a national key scenic spot.

Naitang Monastery(乃堂寺): located at Riwoqê County, with Dingxia Mountain(丁夏山)on the back, Naishui River(乃水河) in the front, and Duoji Cliff(多吉岩) on the north. Buddhists thought it as the holy land of Ruchi 16 Arhats(如持十六罗汉), called it as Naitang Monastery(乃堂寺).

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    Riwoqê County Attractions

    Attractions of Riwoqe County Riwoche Monastery: The main temple is three-storied and has been undergoing restoration since 1985 after its destruction by Chinese communists. It is very imposing, supported by huge tree trunks and painted in black red and white vertical stripes, which is distinctive of the Taklung lineage. The monastery contained a notable 14th-century cloth painting entitled Jnanatapa which was unearthed in recent years. The central figure depicts the Onpo Lama Rinpoche and the spiritual lineage of Riwoche monastery. The surrounding community [...]

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    Riwoqê County Tours

    Riwoche is a great place to spend a couple of days, though travel to this region is out of reach for most budget travelers. The main attraction in Riwoche is the huge Riwoche Tsuglakhang Temple which is located in the northern part of the county and shaped in a big square. It is unlike any other monastery in Tibet. Prayer wheels, many of which are covered in dried animal skins, are lined all around the 4 walls of the monastery. As [...]

    Climate & When to Go

    Riwoche is a little known county located in Chamdo prefecture in northern Tibet (Kham). It sits at around 3400m above sea level and borders Nangchen to the north, Chamdo to the east and Dengchen to the west. Riwoche enjoys a relatively mild winter for temperature in Tibet rarely gets below -4 degrees centigrade in winter. During summer, the temperature ranges between 20 and 24 degrees centigrade. Riwoche also receives a considerable amount of rain. [...]

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    Transportation China National Highway 214 China National Highway 317 How to Get to Qamdo Riwoqe County Air 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, [...]

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    Festivals and Activities

    Qamdo Folk Custom in Tibet Qamdo Folk Custom in Tibet – Dressing Qamdo dressing is representative a regional culture and spirit. People in Qamdo Prefecture are called Kangba people. Men dress themselves very vigorous and unrestrained, bold and uninhibited. They prefer to wear long Tibetan knife, or other weapons. Their clothes are usually made of the silks and satins, cloth, and fabric, etc, and the edges are usually embroidered with otter's skin, tiger's skin, or leopard's skin, etc. Ladies dress themselves [...]

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    Travel Tips

    For situated at a remote place, however, Riwoche rarely sees foreign travelers. Besides, a full tour to this area requires travel permits, a tour guide and a private vehicle, which keeps out a large number of foreign tourists. It usually takes 10 days from Lhasa to visit Riwoche. Moreover, tourists have to arrange a tour through a travel agency(Mysterious Tibet) for independent travel to this region is not allowed. [...]

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    Useful Maps

    These maps are about Qamdo Riwoqê County, including location maps, region maps, tourist maps, attractions maps, and transportation maps. [...]

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    Riwoqê County Accommodation

    In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location! The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices. If you have already [...]

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