Chairman Mao Statue

Statue in Gongkar

The county town of Gongkar Xian is of note for hosting Tibet’s only public Chairman Mao statue, located next to a school west of the town centre. The 12m-tall icon, erected in 2006, has more to do with the town’s economic connections to Mao’s home province of Húnán than with a major ideological statement. It's 9km east of the airport.