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Yomdrok Lake & the great mother nature

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Autumn foliage

The Yomdrok Lake means “the jade lake in the upper pastureland” or “Swan Lake” in Tibetan. Lying at an altitude of 4,441 meters, the Yomdrok Lake is 130 kilometers long from east to west and 70 kilometers wide from north to south and covers an area of 638 square kilometers. It is located on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River and is surrounded by mountains and is said that a fairy maiden left the heaven and turned into the lake on earth. In any case, it is considered as one of the three holy lakes in the Tibetan Plateau.

About 100km away from Lhasa, the scenery of the nature, mountains and rivers along the way to the lake was beautiful. Upon arrival, the view of the lake did not fail us.

Scenery along the way to Yomdrok Lake
The view of the clear turquoise blue water with the reflection of the surrounding mountains plus the 360 degree view of the snow covered mountains was simply breathtaking! We spent quite some time walking around and enjoying the fantastic views, despite the fact that it was quite windy and cold.  

As one of the main tourist attractions, there were some locals with dogs and yaks for people to take pictures with. Well, the two dogs with the extra fur collars were just too cute to resist and I had to take a picture with them.

Lake Yomdrok has the highest hydroelectric power station in the world. The surface of the lake on the southern side of the mountain is at 4,441m above sea level while the north side is only at 3,570m. The locals have used this natural fall of over 800m and built a hydroelectric power station on the roof of the world.

What a beautiful sight!

Continuing our journey towards Shigatse county, the next destination was the Tashihunpo Monastery although this visit was scheduled for the next day. We changed our plan again as we were not keen to drive two hours in a different direction as our end destination for the day just to see Palgor Chorten even though it was supposed to be a tourist attraction.

Since we were supposed to stay overnight in Shigatse and the Tashihunpo Monastery is located on the western part of Shigatse city, we decided to visit another monastery for one more time. The view of this monastery was actually quite interesting. Painted in red and white, the buildings in the monastery stood closely together in neat terraced rows and offered a grand view. This monastery represented architecture in the Last Tibetan spirit and has attracted thousands of Buddhists and tourists.

Cute dogs at Yomdrok Lake
However, it was for us just another monastery and we decided we had really enough of visiting monasteries!

For the return journey back to Lhasa the next day, we had decided to spend some quality time with Mother Nature. Whenever we felt that the scenery was beautiful, we told the driver to stop and wait while we walked around a bit. Indeed, we did not regret this decision and had a really enjoyable time enjoying the beautiful moments with the vast nature. The beautiful scenery of the mountains, rushing rivers, vast river deltas, lakes, gorges and the autumn foliage was really unforgettable.

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rosemary_mcandrew says:
What a fantastic trip. I have always wanted to go to Tibet but after seeing your photos I want to go NOW!! It looks like you chose a great time of year to go - crisp blue skies and views of the snow capped mountains. Sublime!
Posted on: Sep 06, 2007
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Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage
Scenery along the way to Yomdrok L…
Scenery along the way to Yomdrok …
What a beautiful sight!
What a beautiful sight!
Cute dogs at Yomdrok Lake
Cute dogs at Yomdrok Lake
The beautiful Yomdrok Lake
The beautiful Yomdrok Lake
Yomdrok Lake
Yomdrok Lake
Mt Kangbala peak
Mt Kangbala peak
A heap of prayer flags
A heap of prayer flags
Dwarfed by the heap of prayer flags
Dwarfed by the heap of prayer flags
Building the prayer stones
Building the prayer stones
Prayer stones
Prayer stones
Hee Haa, on a yak!
Hee Haa, on a yak!
Some remaining snow on the ground
Some remaining snow on the ground
Scenery along the way between Shig…
Scenery along the way between Shi…
Scenery along the way between Shig…
Scenery along the way between Shi…
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Monks coming out from the monastery
Monks coming out from the monastery
Inside Tashilhunpo Monastery
Inside Tashilhunpo Monastery
Scenery on the way from Xigaze bac…
Scenery on the way from Xigaze ba…
Scenery along the way from Xigaze …
Scenery along the way from Xigaze…
Doing Tai CHi in the great outdoors
Doing Tai CHi in the great outdoors
Scenery along the way from Xigaze …
Scenery along the way from Xigaze…
Man on horse cart going to river t…
Man on horse cart going to river …
Having fun in the nature - trying …
Having fun in the nature - trying…
A quiet moment with Mother Nature
A quiet moment with Mother Nature
The vastness of the river delta
The vastness of the river delta
On the river delta
On the river delta
A house on the way from Xigaza bac…
A house on the way from Xigaza ba…
... and its farm
... and its farm
Mountains and river behind the farm
Mountains and river behind the farm
Suntanning!
Suntanning!
Beer from the Roof Of The World - …
Beer from the Roof Of The World -…
Leaving Lhasa - View of the mounta…
Leaving Lhasa - View of the mount…
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