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Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival

December,05 2018 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

When spring approaches, most parts of Tibet are still covered with snow, Nyingchi has already been immerged in a sea of peach flowers. In order to celebrate this grandeur of nature and advocate Tibetan culture, Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival has been hold by local Tibetans and enthusiastic tourists since 2002. During this grand festival, you can not only enjoy the rosy peach blossoms and exotic pastoral scenery but also explore Tibetan villages, watch horsemanship performance, try some local delicacies, etc.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom FestivalNyingchi Peach Blossom Festival

Timeline of The Previous Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festivals

Traditionally speaking, the whole Nyingchi peach blossom season lasts from March 15th to April 20th. With the theme of "Exploring The Most Beautiful Spring in China", the 17th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival is expected to fall on Mid-march to early April, 2019. Below is the timeline of previous Nyingchi peach blossom festivals for your reference.

Annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Date
The 1st annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 15th, 2003
The 2nd annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 15th, 2004
The 3rd annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 21st, 2005
The 4th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 18th, 2006
The 5th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 22nd, 2007
The 6th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 20th, 2008
The 7th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 15th, 2009
The 8th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 21st, 2010
The 9th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 25th, 2011
The 10th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival April 1st, 2012
The 11th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 23rd, 2013
The 12th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 26th, 2014
The 13th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 30th, 2015
The 14th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 23rd, 2016
The 15th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 25th, 2017
The 16th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival March 29th, 2018

Best Time to Experience Nyingchi Peach Blossoms

Nyingchi peaches are mainly distributed along Niyang River as well as the road from airport to Bayi town. The whole peach blossom season often lasts from mid-March to mid-April, but the flowering phase is slightly different.

Location Early Blooming  Full Blooming 
Gala Peach Blossom Village around March 20th March 25th - April 15th
Bayi Town around March 20th March 25th - April 15th
Nyingchi-Mainling Highway and valley areas around March 20th March 25th - April 15th
Road to Gongbo'gyamda and valley areas the beginning of April April 5th - April 25th

Note:
Up to now, the opening ceremony of 2019 Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival has not been confirmed by the official. Please contact our Tibet travel expert for more details.

Classic Destinations to Enjoy Peach Blossom Festival in Nyingchi

Touring in Nyingchi, you'll see wild peach trees thriving everywhere, like the edge of the fields, the narrow alleys, etc. Generally speaking, the peach trees begin to bloom in Bome County first, and then Zayu County, Bayi District, Mainling County, Nang County, Gongbo'gyamda County.

1. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Bome County

The most significant feature in Bome peach blossom lies in the large size. Favored by Pallong Zangbo River, Bome peach flowers are exceptionally brilliant.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Bome CountyNyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Bome County

Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Bome: March 10th - April 5th
Wonderful viewing points: Galang Lake/Runa Village, Qingduo Town, Xumu Township, Songzong Town.
Classic travel route: Bome Town-Runa Village-Qingduo Town-Xumu Township-Bome Town-Songzong Town.
Runa Village/GaNang Lake/ GaNang Peach Ditch
Runa Village is 32 kilometers away from Bome Town. When driving through G318, you can appreciate lush peach flowers clustering on the river banks.
Qingduo Town
Passing over Runa Village, you'll get to Qingduo Town. Housing thousands of wild peach trees, Qingduo Town is 43 kilometers away from Bome. When spring comes, wild peach blossoms spread all over the mountains and plains, making Qingduo reputed as "peach blossom island". Besides, you can go to a higher slope to catch a panoramic view of peach flowers and Qingduo Temple.

2. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Zayu County

Most of splendid scenery are hiding in the lofty mountains and deep valleys. There is no exception in Zayu County. We strongly suggest you to appreciate peach blossoms at the second half of March.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Zayu CountyNyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Zayu County

Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Zayu: March 10th - April 5th
Wonderful viewing points: Guyu Township

3. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Bayi District

One specialty in Bayi Peach Blossom Festival is appreciating lush flowers on Niyang River. With green willows growing on the banks and cute waterfowls floating by, you will be indulged in the Niyang River cruise.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Bayi DistrictNyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Bayi District

Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Bayi: March 15th - April 10th
Wonderful viewing points: Gala Village, a typical peach village, is 17 kilometers away from Bayi Town.
Classic travel route: Bayi Town-Gala Village-Kasimu Village-Daze Village-Nichi Village-Gala Village-Bayi Town.
Note: Peach trees in Gala Village often put forth their blossoms about March 10th. After reaching the peak around March 18th, peach blossoms begin to fade away at the end of March. The full-blossom period in Gala is much longer than other places.

4. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Mainling County

Mainling is situated in the southwest of Nyingchi, at the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, between Nyainqentanglha and the Himalayas. It's surrounded by Nang County on the west, Gongbo'gyamda County on the northwest, Nyingchi County on the north and Longzi County on the south. Lying along Yarlung Tsangpo River, Mainling gives us a feeling like it's an lush oasis floating on the river. Here is the paradise of peach blossoms.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Milin CountyNyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Mainling County

Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Mainling: March 20th - April 5th
Wonderful viewing points: Provincial Highway 306/road along the Grand Canyon, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon entrance, Suosong Village, Love than The Hard Rock, path along Nyingchi Airport to Qiangna Temple
Classic travel route: Bayi Town-Nyingchi Mainling Airport-Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon-Suosong Village
Suosong Village
Located in the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon Scenic Spot, Suosong Village is the best point to take great shots of majestic Namjagbarwa Peak and brilliant peach blossoms.
Daling Village
Located 10km away from Suosong Village, Daling Village is home to boundless pastures and tens of thousands of peach trees. How romantic it is to see rosy petals dancing in the soft breeze.
Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Entrance
The most beautiful peach blossoms in Namjagbrawa are flourishing at the entrance to Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. The brilliant sunshine, pure blue sky, white clouds, snow mountains and full-blown peach blossoms make you feel like wandering in a fairyland. You can also take a cruise along Yarlung Zangbo River. As the green mountains and Tibetan villages pass by, it seems like you can reach out to the peach flowers on the riverside.
Love than The Hard Rock
At the foot of Namcha Barwa Mountain stands a heat-shaped stone. The boulder was split from top to bottom. But the amazing thing is a peach tree has sprouted from the crack. There is a romantic love story about this fantastic landscape.

Love than The Hard RockThe peach tree has miraculously thrived from the crack.

Once upon a time, Shouduo, a king of peach tree, has two daughters. They fell in love with a youth Anida who begged for a peach from Shouduo to treat his mother's disease. The younger sister Rami has succeed in getting a peach from her father, but it roiled the older sister Rama. When Rami was going to hand the peach over to Anida, Rama used her magic power to trap Rami under the boulder. Thousands of years later, Rami has already turned into dust, but the peach tree miraculously bursts out of the stone. Don't forget to circle peach tree clockwise three times for everlasting love.
Note: The temperature in Nyingchi-Mainling Highway and valley areas is much lower. The flowering period usually starts from March 12th. It reaches the best around March 20th to April 5th.

5. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Nang County

Peach trees along Mainling to Nang County are more peculiar than other places. Some grow on the sand dues, some on the tough cliffs, and others on gorges.

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Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Nang County: March 20th - April 15th
Wonderful viewing points: Zhuo Village, Bare Village, Tibet eastern loop
Classic travel route: Mainling-Zhuo Village-Nang County-Bare Village-Gyaca

6. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Gongbo'gyamda County

Gongbo'gyamda is located in the upper reach of Niyang River. In addition to Laru Village and Basum Tso Scenic Spot, most of peach blossoms in Gongbo'gyamda are clustering along National Highway 318.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Gongbo'gyamda CountyNyingchi Peach Blossom Festival - Gongbo'gyamda County

Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Gongbo'gyamda: April 5th - April 30th
Wonderful viewing points: Laru Village, Bahe Town, Xiuba Village, Basum Tso Scenic Spot, Xiri Village, Linze Village, Gesar Castle, Gadan Village
Classic travel route: Bayi Town-Bahe Town-Xiuba Village-Xiri Village-Linze Village-Gadan Village
Laru Village
30km away from Heba Town, Laru Village treasures a great number of peach flowers in Gongbo'gyamda. We highly recommend you to come here in the middle of April for the best views.
Basum Tso Scenic Spot/Jieba Village
Known as "the paradise on earth", Basum Tso Scenic Spot is home to snow mountains, turquoise lakes, primitive forest, roaring waterfalls, natural pasture, religious temples and cultural heritage relics. Jieba Village, built by the Lake Basum Tso, is also a good place to enjoy peach blossoms.
Xiuba Village
You can also pay a visit to Xiuba Village, 75km away from Bayi Town. Here you can not only appreciate rosy peach blossoms but also explore the Xiba Ancient Castle.
Note: Since Gongbo'gyamda has an average altitude of 3,500 meters, the flowering period starts much later than other places. Peach trees often begin to bloom around March 25th. The full-blossom period lasts from April 5th to 30th or so.

Highlights of Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival

In addition to massive peach blossoms, you can also take part in cycling competition, enjoy the hot springs, and try some local delicacies. Now, let’s check out some highlights of Nyingchi peach blossom festival.

a. participate in peach blossom photography contest
b. explore the exotic Tibetan villages and unique pastoral scenery
c. watch horsemanship performance, archery, wrestling, and carrying stones competition
d. enjoy hot springs
e. taste the local foods and drinks
f. take an adventurous cruise along Niyang River
g. participate in the Lantern Show, Tibetan costumes party, folk music party, etc.

Way to Get to Nyingchi Tibet

Located in the southeast of Tibet, Nyingchi is endowed with a pleasant climate, massive peach trees, pastoral scenery and an easy access to neighboring provinces and regions. But how to get to Nyingchi exactly, by air, road or train? There is no doubt that taking flight to Nyingchi Mainling Airport must be the most convenient and fastest way for tourists who are visiting Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, and Hong Kong. As for adventurers and shutterbugs, travelling overland via Sichuan Tibet Highway G318 from Chengdu and Yunnan Tibet Highway from Kunming to Nyingchi would be a great chance for you to capture the stunning natural landscape and lively wild animals. If you don’t wanna miss out the alpine scenery along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, hence, you can ride the sky train to Tibet and then drive from Lhasa to Nyingchi via Lhasa-Nyingchi High Grade Highway. Once Sichuan Tibet Railway completed, you can even take train to Nyingchi, eastern Tibet either from Lhasa or Chengdu.

Note: up to now, flight from Lhasa to Nyingchi has been canceled and tourists can only take flights to Nyingchi from mainland China.

Conclusion

In brief, the whole Nyingchi peach blossom season lasts from March 15th to April 20th, during these time, pink peach blossom will decorate all fields in Nyingchi. The flowing creeks and snow-capped mountains in the distance depict a gorgeous picture of spring. Additionally, you can taste local traditional Tibetan food and watch traditional performance during the festival. With beautiful views and toothsome food, you will definitely have a visual and palate feast! Thus, don’t hesitate to join us 2019 Nyingchi peach blossom tour! By the way, Tibet has more than 100 festivals throughout a year. As long as you travel in Tibet for half a month in any season, you’ll certainly come across a traditional Tibetan festival here. See more about Tibetan festival tours.

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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