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Lakes in Tibet

Manasarovar is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet.

Some people travel to Tibet for the sacred mountains of Tibet, some for the pious Tibetan Buddhist culture, and some for the beautiful lakes of Tibet. Tibet has many lakes, large and small lakes distributing in all areas of Tibet, with beautiful scenery and fresh air. Namtso Lake, Manasarovar Lake, and Yamdrok Lake are the three holy lakes in Tibet. In Tibet, every lake has its own characteristics. Because of the special weather in Tibet, every lake has its own unique charm. If you want to visit Tibet, the lakes are must-see attractions in Tibet.

Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake, located in the central part of Tibet autonomous region, is the second largest lake in Tibet and the third largest saltwater lake in China. Its shape is similar to rectangular with an altitude of 4718 meters. It is more than 70 kilometers long from east to west, and more than 30 kilometers wide from north to south. Its area is about 1920km. Early scientific investigations suggested that the maximum depth of Namtso was 33 meters, but measurements of the lake in the last two years revealed that the maximum depth of Namtso was more than 120 meters. With the water storage of 76.8 billion cubic meters, it is the highest altitude lake. Namtso was the first divine lake in the ancient Xiangxiong dharma of Buddhism and is one of the famous Buddhist holy places.

Namtso is a semi-humid and semi-arid transition zone, with abundant light, heat, water resources and low air pressure. Its annual sunshine hours reach about 3000 hours, and the average annual sunshine rate is more than 65%. If you like to bask in the sunshine, you should choose Tibet for your holiday.

Pangong Lake

Pangong lake means “long-necked swan” in Tibetan, has the highest altitude bird island in the world. It is located about 12 kilometers northwest of Ritu county, Ngari region, at the junction of Ngari region and Kashmir. The eastern and western parts of the lake are both in China, with the western end extending into Kashmir. The lake is 4241 meters above sea level and covers an area of 413 square kilometers.

The strangest thing about the lake is that it is a lake with different salinity from east to west, that is, the east is a freshwater lake, the middle is a semi-saline lake, and the west is a saline lake.

The surrounding scenery of Pangong Lake is very beautiful, surrounded by mountains and dotted with snow mountains in the distance. Pangong Lake is very clear, with visibility usually 3 to 5 meters. Due to light, depth, brightness and other factors, the lake shows dark green, light green, dark blue, and other colors.

Manasarovar Lake

Lake Manasarovar is 35 kilometers east of the county of Pulan in the Ngari region of Tibet, and south of Mount Kailash. The surrounding natural scenery of Manasarovar is so beautiful that Buddhists have regarded it as the “world center” since ancient times. It is the second largest natural freshwater lake of the water storage capacity and the most transparent lake in China.

The lake is 4,588 meters above sea level. The average depth is 46 meters, the maximum depth is 81.8 meters, and the area is 412 square kilometers. The lake is blue and clear with a transparency of 14 meters.

You can imagine what a fantastic experience it is to walk along a lake like this. Pilgrims have always considered it the greatest blessing of walking around Manasarovar. Therefore, every summer, pilgrims from India, Nepal, and Tibet come here for pilgrimage and bathing. They also take the water from the holy lake home as a precious gift to their relatives and friends.

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