Yarlong Tsangpo RiverLocated in Tibet Autonomous Region, Yarlong Tsangpo River is definitely the highest river in China. Originating from a glacier on the northern Himalayas, running 2,057 km across Tibet, the river finally flows into Indian, where it is known as Brahmaputra. In Tibet language, “Yarlong Tsangpo” actually has the meaning of “water comes from snowy mountains”. With a total length of 2,900 km, it ranks fifth among the longest rivers in China. Owning to its great number of branches, its natural hydropower capacity reaches up to 79,116 thousand kilowatts, just after the Yangtze River, ranking second in China. To some extent it is the mother river for Tibetans and it can be seen as the cradle of Tibetan civilization.
| The quiet life along the quiet part of the river|| The Jiangnan-like scenery along the river|
Yarlong Tsangpo Grant Canyon
Where the river makes its amazing U-turn, the most amazing part of the greatest and deepest canyon in the world is formed---Yarlong Tsangpo Grant Canyon, with an average depth of 2268 m and a total length of 504.9 km from Milin County (米林县) in the north to Motuo County(墨脱) in the south. The deepest point reaches 6009 m. It even ranks before the Grand Canyon of Colorado in America and the Colca Canyon in Peru.
Huge glaciers, deep valleys, extreme cliffs and fast rivers are the main body of the Canyon, which makes it a dangerous and unreachable place for human being. Many parts of the area are still virginal and free of visitors because of the complex and unfriendly geographic condition and they are considered to be “the last secret lands on earth” even without any authentic geological information.
The depopulated area covers 17,000 sq. km and has rich tourism resource, where a group of big-drop waterfalls are running down through the rugged river bed. The canyon is also abundant in forest resources as it owns 2,644 hectares of virgin forests. Wet wind from India plain flows into this area and builds an Eden of plants and animals undisturbed by men. Nine Natural Vertical Zones ranging from the Alp Ice-snow belt to tropical seasonal forests form very unique scenery here. The complex geographic and climate conditions make Tibet a museum of wildlife. Many rare and precious plants and animals exist only in this area but nowhere else on earth, including antelopes, blue sheep, yaks, bears. Therefore the river is referred as “the Gene Pool of Biological Resources”.
| The Huge U-turn||Clear Waterfall |
Hiking in the Grand Canyon
Jiangnan, the south area of the Yangtze River, is famous for its beautiful scenery of rivers and mountains. However, the heaven for backpackers, a small remote town along the Canyon Resort, Linzhi(林芝) has a name of “Jiangnan in the snow-capped plateau” which is located near the huge turn of the river and the most beautiful snowy mountain-Nanjiabama Mountain. Extremely stunning sights like Daduka Castle and Jialabaidie Mountain and Niyang River are the most visited and impressive. The Pilgrim trip to Jiala(加拉), the hiking tour to Motuo(墨脱) are two classical way to enjoy the canyon in this “Tibetan Secret Land” through which the primitive villages of the smallest Minorities of China--Luoba and Menb, with their fantastic thousand-year old religion and culture, can be explored.
|Picturesque Linzhi(林芝) in spring|| Peach blooming in Tibet Plateau|