Shannan Travel Weather and Climate in January
Shannan Weather and Climate in January
Average Minimum Temperature (℃): -10
Average Maximum Temperature (℃): 6
Average Precipitation/Rainfall (mm): 0
The average temperature of Shannan in January is -10 to 6 degrees. It is relatively cold in the morning and evening, so it is recommended to reduce the activities during this period. In January, the temperature in Shannan may reach up to 18 degrees when there is warm sunshine.
What to Wear for a January Shannan Travel
It is recommended to pack your stuffs in two bags – a bigger backpack and a smaller carry-on bag. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and be put into the large backpack when necessary. It is also important to bring the necessary medicine and sunscreens.Because of the special geography and climate, you have to wear properly to keep warm.
Things to see and do at Shannan in January
It is a good time to enjoy a relaxing tour in Shannan in January, basking in the sun and paying a visit to the Yungbulakang Palace, which is the first palace in Tibet and has a history of more than 2100 years. In addition, one can also drive the way along the Yarlung Zangbo River, to appreciate the picturesque landscape of rich valley and plat land at the riverside. For those tourists who are interested in Buddhist culture or history, you can pay a visit to Samye Monastery.
- Visit Yumbu Lhakhang Palace
Located 5 kilometers (3 miles) southeast of Nedong County, there is a building similar in shape to a blockhouse standing on top of a hill. That is the Yumbu Lhakhang Palace, the oldest palace on that high land built over two thousand years ago for the first Tsampo (king) of the Tubo tribe, although through extension, the palace gradually became a Buddhist monastery.
- Visit Trandruk Monastery
On the way back to Nedong, a visitor can stop to make a trip to the famous monastery, Trandruk Temple, which is at the south foot of the Gungbort Mountain about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the county seat. The Pearl Thangka Painting preserved in the temple is a precious treasure.
- Visit Samye Monastery
Along the Yarlung Zangbo River from Tsedang Town of Nedong County to Dranang County, the Samye Monastery is situated on the north bank of the river. Visitors can take powerboat or sheepskin draft to cross the river. The monastery was first built in 762 combining buildings of Tibetan, Han and ancient Indian styles. In addition, it is the first temple complete with all the three treasures of Buddhism: hierarchy, doctrine and monk, regarded as the headstream of Tibetan Buddhism
Useful Travel Tips for your Shannan Travel in January
- Thought the average altitude of Shannan is about 3,700m (12,139ft), really low compared with some other regions in Tibet. While visiting the landmarks like Yumbulakang Palace, Samye Monastery and Trandruk Monastery, tourists seldom get a serious High Altitude Sickness. If you want to drive to Yamdrok Lake, you need to pass Kambala Pass with a high altitude of 5,030 meters. Remember to drink more water, keep warm and avoid strong activities. Besides, prepare oxygen supply for emergency use.
- What you can’t forget is to bring your passport, Chinese Visa and all needed permits, without them you are unable to have a Tibet tour. Traveling to Shannan or other areas in Tibet, Tibet Travel Permit is a must. It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau only and can be applied by travel agencies on behalf of you only. It must be obtained before you getting to Tibet, because you are not permitted to board your flight or train without it. Besides, Aliens’ Travel Permit is necessary to Shannan Prefecture. It is applied after you entering Tibet. Your tour guide will apply it with your Tibet Travel Permit and passport. In some places of Shannan, you need a Border Pass as well.