An important Chinese administrative centre and army base, Tsetang (Zedang) is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shannan (Lhoka) prefecture. For travellers, Tsetang is of interest mainly as a jumping board for exploration of the Yarlung Valley. Unfortunately the local PSB has put up so many obstacles to travel in the area that for the time being we’re tempted to advise permitless budget travellers to give the place a wide berth. Expect hassles buying a bus ticket, finding a budget hotel and even visiting the local sights.
Tsetang is divided into a characterless modern Chinese town and a small traditional Tibetan town, clustered to the east around Gangpo Ri, one of Ü’s four sacred mountains. The former dzong and village of Nedong has been subsumed into Tsetang’s southern suburbs.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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