Jiali Wangfu Palace in Lhunze County,Lhoka (Shannan)

Chinese Name: 加里王府宫殿
English Name: Jiali Wangfu Palace in Lhunze County, Lhoka
Location: Located in Lhunze County, Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Jiali Wangfu Palace in Lhunze County, Lhoka

Jiali Wangfu Palace(加里王府宫殿)is located on the south side of Lhunze(隆子县)county seat, Lhoka Prefecture(山南地区), Tibet Autonomous Region, which is 3,880 meters above sea level. The palace architectural remains can be roughly divided into three stages according to its existing: the early building—Ancient Palace Zhaxi Qunzong(旧宫“扎西群宗”), the middle-stage building—New Palace Gandan Lazi(新宫“甘丹拉孜”), and the later-stage building—Xiagong Palace(夏宫).

Ancient Palace Zhaxi Qunzong(旧宫“扎西群宗”)

Ancient Palace Zhaxi Qunzong which covers a total area of 7,000 square meters is surrounded by stone walls. And now there are only ruins in the east and south wall. The main entrance of the building is carved with lotus, peony and other patterns. There are engravings and painted lotus on the post.

New Palace Gandan Lazi(新宫“甘丹拉孜”)

New Palace Gandan Lazi is the main construction of the existing building of this palace, which is located in the northeastern part of the whole building of Jiali Wangfu Palace. It consists of a series of construction units such as the palace, the warehouse, Lacan, the square and the stables, etc. The total area of the building is nearly 16 million Square meters.

Xiagong Palace(夏宫)

Xiagong Palace situated near Jiangzha Pujiu River on the north and Gaoya Cliff on the south with an altitude of 3840 meters. The original building, including the palace wall, bath, etc. It no longer exists now. Xiagong Palace is used to be the summer resort, now only a small palace. The palace is located in this county administrative office building about 50 meters northeast, for the courtyard palace.

Building History of Jiali Wangfu Palace

The year of the initial construction of Jiali Wangfu Palace has been difficult to study in detail. According to the characteristics of existing buildings and the comprehensive analysis of the survey data, it is speculated that the three stages of the palace construction are as follows:

The early building: dates from about 13th to 14th century.
The intermediate-stage architecture: the main part of the building dates from the 15th to the 18th century.
The later-stage building: about the end of the 15th century, the existing parts have been converted into modern ones.

Reputation and Research Value of Jiali Wangfu Palace

Jiali Wangfu Palace has basically maintained the original layout and architectural structure, which is extremely precious in the unique category of the ancient royal palace architecture in Tibet. As the Tibetan palace building, Jiali Wangfu Palace integrates some elements of Chinese ancient architecture, and thus has a more essential and significant research value. It was listed as the key cultural relic protection unit of Tibetan Autonomous Region on April 16th, 1996, and was listed as a national key cultural relic protection unit on June 25th, 2001.

Attraction Transportation:

The highway traffic system is perfect; visitors can choose self-driving tour to Jiali Wangfu Palace, Lhunze County. There are 121.7 km from Gonggar Airport to Lhunze County and spend tourists 2.5 hours driving. Tourist can also transfer to long-distance bus at Lhoka Passenger Transport Center to Jiali Wangfu Palace. It just spends CNY 50 per person and 3.5 hours.  

Attraction Travel Tips: 
Traveling Hours: 1 or 2 hours
Traveling Seasons: June to August 
High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content