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Shigatse Maps and Prefecture

Shigatse is located in the southern part of Tibetan Autonomous Region, and at the intersection of the Yarlung Tsangpo (also known as Brahmaputra) and the Nianchu River (aka Nyang River). It borders Ngari on the west, Nagqu on the north, Lhasa and Shannan on the east, Bhutan, India and Nepal on the south.

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Shigatse Prefecture Location Map

Shigatse city, covering an area of over 3,875 square kilometers, is the second largest city in Tibet and one of the world's highest cities. Basing in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyang River, Shigatse city owns vast fertile land and has a population of 98,700, most of which are Tibetan.

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Shigatse City Map

Shigatse Attraction Map

Situated at an average elevation in range of 3,840 meters to 4,464 meters, Shigatse has the most comprehensive natural landscapes in Tibet, from vast plateau pasture and beautiful cultivated fields to subtropic forest and grand snow-covered mountains. With a long history tracing back to more than 600 years ago, Shigatse is also rich in historical sites.

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Shigatse Attraction Map

Mount Everest (Mount Qomolangma) : has an altitude of 8,848.13 m; the main peak of the Himalayas on the border of China and Nepal
Everest Base Camp : offering the chance to gaze on the magnificent north face of Mt.Everest; one of the most popular trekking destinations in Tibet
Rongbuk Monastery : the highest monastery in the world; tourists choose to overnight here before trekking Everest Base Camp
Rongbuk Glacier : the largest glacier inside the Mt. Everest State Natural Reserve
Gama Valley : a good place to enjoy the vista of Mt.Everest and Rongbuk Glacier; reputed as the most beautiful valley in the world
Gyantse Dzong (Gyantse Fortress) : one of the best preserved dzongs (one kind of fortress) in Tibet
Tashilhunpo Monastery : treasuring the world’s largest glided Qamba Buddha bronze and many precious cultural relics; the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet
Summer Palace of Panchen Lamas :about 1 km south of Tashilhunpo Monastery; entering many rooms to see the local artists working
Sakya Monastery : known as the 2nd Dunhuang; holding the world’s largest treasure of Buddhist scriptures written on pattra leaves
Shalu Monastery (Xialu Temple) : famous for its perfect combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles
Pelkor Chode Monastery : the landmark of Tibetan art and history; the most famous items are the murals
Kangbu Hot Spring : famous among local people; has very special treatment effect

Here are some other Shigatse points of interest not included. Just feel free to contact us for more information.

Attraction around Shigatse Map

Shigatse is surrounded by other famous tourist spots, ranging from natural beauty to religious sites. It’s highly recommended to set aside some days to touring around Shigatse.

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Attraction around Shigatse Map

Mount Kailash : the main peak of the Gandise Mountains; the most scared mountain in Asian; Kailash kora is very popular,especially for pilgrims
Lake Manasarovar : purer than a sapphire; it is believed that circling Manasarovar will drive off past sins and bring boundless beneficence
Siling Tso : the highest lake in the world, second largest lake in Tibet
Lake Namtso : the largest lake in Tibet; sunrise and sunset here are really spectacular
Potala Palace : a landmark of Lhasa and Tibet; open to public all year around
Johkang Temple : the religious center of Tibet; watch pilgrims performing the full-body prostration
Barkhor Street : a good place to shop some Tibetan specialties for family and friends; it’s interesting to bargain with local vender
Yamdrok Lake : one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (together with Lake Manasarovar and Lake Namtso)

Hotel and Accommodation Map of Shigatse

Although hotels in Shigatse are a kind of limit, they still provide a wide choice for travelers, from starred hotels to simple tent guest houses. Currently, there is no 5-star hotels in the whole Shigatse area. However, reasonably good accommodations and facilities can be found in Shigatse City, the second largest city of Tibet. The hotels in Shigatse offer clean, spacious rooms with private bathrooms as well as a variety of budget hotels with both dorm-style rooms. If you are going to remote areas such as Zhangmu and Tingri, especially Mt. Everest Base Camp, make good preparations for the tough conditions they offer.

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Shigatse Accommodation on Map

Taixing Hotel (3 star)
Taixing Hotel is a common 3 star hotel in Shigatse. It has clean spacious rooms with modern facilities, such as air-condition, modern bathroom and so on. This hotel provides normal standard breakfast. Our clients are generally satisfied with this hotel because it is just a stop over on the way to Mt. Everest.
Address : No.4 East Zhade Road, Shigatse

Shigatse Hotel ( 3 star )
With a good location in the center of town and near the Thashilunpo Monastery as well as the bus stations. It is convenient go shopping and enjoying the view. It is a typical Tibetan style hotel with great views of the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Room is not big but comfortable. Hot water is supplied 24 hours a day and there is room heater.
Address : No.12 Shanghai Middle Road, Shigatse

Shigatse Yak Hotel ( 3 star )
Yak Hotel is located in quiet area of Shigatse town. It is convenient for shopping for numerous shops nearby. Rooms are clean and so are the toilet and bathroom. Hot water shower is often available but does not work well in freezing winter. It is just a budget hotel in Shigatse for stay a night on the way to Mt. Everest so the condition is still acceptable though it may not be so satisfying as those in Lhasa.
Address : No.22 Qingdao Road, Shigatse

Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel (4 star )
Manasarovar Hotel is located in the city center of Shigatse, a convenient location to the ancient local Tibetan village with its trade market and the Tashilumpo monastery. Hotel restaurant provides you selection of Sichuan, Cantonese and local cuisine.
Address : No.20 Qingdao East Road, Shigatse

Shigatse Zanglong Hotel ( 4 star )
Shigatse Zanglong Grand Hotel is located in the bustling downtown center in Shigatse and near by Shanghai Square, China Post, China Customs, supermarkets, city bus terminal and the Bank of China. The hotel has 118 Tibetan-style rooms, 8 Tibetan-style viewing suites, 8 viewing rooms and a floor of non-smoking rooms. Shigatse Zanglong Grand hotel has been built to the international four-star standard.In a word and full of Tibet Culture elements.
Address : No.1 Zhufeng Road, Shigatse

Restaurants in Shigatse

Shigatse food is the typical Tibetan food, just similar to that in any area of Tibet. Except Tibetan food, Sichuan cuisine and western style dishes are also popular in Shigatse. Honestly, what to eat in Shigatse does not belong to the matter you should worry about. You can find various restaurants offering delicious and special food. You can even purchase tasty food from the street vendors.

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Restaurant in Shigatse on Map

Songtsen Tibetan Restaurant
It's just a 20 minutes’ walk from Tashilhunpo Monastery to Songtsen Tibetan Restaurant. It's easy to be found and here you can enjoy a wide selection of Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian and western food with excellent service. A good western breakfast give a nice beginning of the whole day.
Address : Buxingjie, Shigatse

Shigatse Wordo Kitchen
The decoration of Wordo Kitchen is very luxurious, downstairs is a large area of the Tibetan restaurant, upstairs is a museum collection of many of Tibet folk heritage. Here you can try some top-quality TIbetan cuisine at a reasonable price. It's so amazing to relax yourself at such a nice atmosphere.
Address : Zhade East Road, Shigatse

Third Eye Restaurant
Third Eye is a cozy restaurant operated by English speaking Nepalis. Here you can treat yourself with wonderful Nepalese curry dishes. Tibetan dumplings like momos are also a good try. You can encounter many monks and local people, which give you a chance to know them better.
Address : Zhufeng West Road, Shigatse

Gongkar Tibetan Restaurant
Besides the standard momos and noodle dishes, there are the unique dishes such as yak-tongue soup.
Address : Xueqiang Lu, Shigatse

Tashi Restaurant
It has a wide range of decent food from yoghurt muesli to pizza and Nepalese curries. There is the English menu.
Address : Buxingjie, Shigatse

Shigatse Road Map

Shigatse is also a significant communication hub in Tibet, which is connected with the outside world by Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway, Xinjiang-Tibet Highway and No. 318 National Highway. As the improvement in transportation, the traditional handcrafts have greatly been encouraged and expanded throughout China and abroad.

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Shigatse Road Map

Lhasa - Shigatse Railway Map

Lhasa - Shigatse Railway has been put into use since August 15,2014. It is a extension line of Qinghai-Tibet Railway with altitudes ranging from 3,600 to 4,000 metres. It just costs you less than 3 hrs to travel between Lhasa and Shigatse. See more at Lhasa - Shigatse Train.

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Lhasa Shigatse Train on Map

Domestic Flights to Shigatse

Shigatse Peace Airport is the fifth civilian airport in Tibet, opened on 30 October 2010. Now, there is only one flight between Chengdu and Shigatse, operated by Tibet Airlines and Air China. It just takes you 2.5 hrs to fly from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Shigatse. You can also take connection flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Xian and Kunming, which would stop over at Chengdu. See more at Shigatse Peace Airport.

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Domestic Flights to Shigatse on Map

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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