|Brief Introduction of Yamdrok Lake||Terrain Around Yamdrok Lake|
|Fauna in Yamdrok Lake||Legend of Yamdrok Lake|
|Travel Tips||The Beautiful Yamdrok Lake|
Located in Nagarze County, the 678 m2 Yamdrok Lake(29.0°N 90.6°E) with an altitude of 4558 m is the biggest inland lake on the north ridge of Himalayas and the most beautiful lake in south Tibet. Together with Lake Manasarovar and Lake Namtso, they are honored as the Top Three Holy Lakes in Tibet. It is not far away from Lhasa, Gyantse and Langkazi County. The most beautiful parts of it are Kampala Mountain (5,030m)，Ningjinkangsha Peak and Karuola Glacier. Depart from Lhasa, one has to cross over the 5030 m high Kampala Mountain to reach it. In June, 2012, there was a tourism project under its way to develop this holy lake, which has been prohibited already for the sake of preserving its original beauty.
Yamdrok Lake means "the upper pasture's jade lake" in the Tibetan language and is famed as the most beautiful lake in the world. Its coastline stretches 250km long. The Tibetans deem it as "the turquoise earrings of the fairy scatter among the mountains". She has three sister lakes. In the giant lake basin, they embrace each other and compose this holy lake. Meandering its way over 130 km, one can only catch part of her body unless take a bird's eye view. Seeing from above, you will be surprised by its similarity to an earring embedded on the edge of mountains. Sunshine in different hours highlights its dreamy blue looks with the most diversified shades. Time in Yamdrok Lake seems has stopped and frozen. Everything here is sacred, tranquil, mysterious and enticing. Stand on the world's roof, you can feast your eye on the most pure and soaring snow mountains, crystal lakes, the virgin blue sky, most beautiful clouds, islands, pastures, hot springs, rich flora&fauna species, temples and tents. People says its beauty can touch you so much that you will experience a sweet sadness, in an altitude of over 5000 meters.
Weather in Yamdrok Lake is unpredictable. You will experience the four seasons during one day. This moment, the storm with thundering and lighting prevails, the next moment, it will snow before give way to sunny days. You may wonder what is wrong with the weather, definitely the nature is going insane. As the largest bird inhabitant site, the midair of Yamdrok Lake, the kingdom of these lovely creatures, is anything but quiet. In winter, swarms of precious birds include swans and yellow ducks will occupy this lake and bring much vibrancy to it.
A drop of tear from Buddha: the pure and holy Yamdrok Lake
the Bank of Yamdrok Lake is an ideal pasture
Yamdrok Lake features enticing blue water
Yamdrok Lake with colorful ribbons
the sacred Bull Horns near Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake is an ideal pasture for Livestocks
Black Neck Crane
Brown Head Gull
Spotted Head Wild Goose
Yamdrok Lake is a haven for fish
Swan in Yamdrok Lake
According to legend, Yamdrok Lake was a fairy from the heaven. It is said Yixicuojie, a most beautiful queen of Tibet who converted to Buddhism in her later life, throw the gold into the sky and connected all the small lakes into one. Yamdrok Lake looks like a scorpion in shape and many sites' names are associated with it. The most pious Buddhists usually will tour this lake once per year to pray for health and good luck in the whole year. One month is needed to tour around this lake by horse riding. Yamdrok Lake can help Buddhists to find the sacred child who is reborn from Dalai Lama: After the Dalai Lama passed away, the higher class of monks will look for the sacred child. First, they will carry out specific ritual to locate the direction of the scared child, then they will chant the scripture in Yamdrok Lake and throw the Hada and herb medicines into it, then they will perceive the more detailed location of this sacred child by the reflections. If the directions of three ritual ceremonies overlap, they will head out to find the sacred child.
the Hiking Route of Yamdrok Lake
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