Qiangmu Grottoes in Dinggyê County, Shigatse

Chinese Name: 羌姆石窟
English Name:
Qiangmu Grottoes in Dinggyê County, Shigatse
Location: Located in Dinggyê County, Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Qiangmu Grottoes

Located in the south of Qiamu Village(恰姆村) of Qiongzi Town(琼孜乡), Qiangmu Grottoes borders with Guomei Mountain(果美山) in the middle of the Himalayas.The grottoes are distributed in the north and south of the leaf to the left bank, which are about 863 meters long and about 65 meters wide.According ti the rough statistics, , there are about 105 caves among the whole group. 

History Research

Cultural Relics Census Team was the first team to come to visit Qiangmu Grottoes in August 2008. His preliminary investigation was published in the first major new discovery of the national cultural heritage survey, edited by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage in 2008.On September 28, 2009, the people’s Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region published the “Qiangmu Grottoes” as the fifth batch of cultural relics protection units in the Tibet Autonomous Region, based on its important value. The experts judged that the Qiangmu Grottoes should be excavated in the 11th century, belonging to the early Buddhist murals in Tibet.According to local records, there were hundreds of temples, castles and towers in the seemingly enclosed plateau basin.

Tourist Services of Qiangmu Grottoes

Cuisine and Snack: In Dinggyê County, there are many delicacy snacks.

Accommodation: After you enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Chentang Waterfall, you may accommodate in the hotels if you can’t get back to Dinggyê County in time.

Shopping: Dinggyê was rich in natural forest resources, including economic plants and medicinal plants. As for the economic plants, there are many wild plantain and bananas

Nearby Scenic Spots

The scenic spots include: The Salqua Temple(莎尔曲果寺), Gomboqiang Temple(贡巴强寺), Zhaxiqunpei Temple(扎西群培寺) and so on.

Attraction Transportation:

Dinggyê County Transportation

You can choose either self-driving traveling or take public transportation. According to your beginning place, there may be different ways to go to Dinggyê County. There are two main lines available below.

  • Lhasa- Shigatse- Dinggyê County

You can reach Lhasa by air or train. Then take a bus to Dinggyê County.

  • Shigatse- Dinggyê County

You can also take a specific train to Shigatse and take a bus to Dinggyê County.

Attraction Travel Tips:

  1. Traveling Hours: 1 day
  2. Traveling Seasons: All seasons
  3. High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content.
  4. Pay attention to prepare some cold weather gear like a hat, gloves, a scarf and a thick winter coat.
  5. The Border Permit is required to enter the mountain; as it is less convenient to apply for one in Tibet, it is suggested to obtain the permit ahead of the travelling.