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Tibet Sights

Gyantse Dzong (Jiāngzī Xiàn)

  • North end of Yingxiong Lu Map It
  • Gyantse
  • Historic District/Site

Updated 12/22/2014

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In the 14th and 15th centuries Gyantse rose to political power along with the rise of the Sakyapa monastic order. To get an idea of the amount of construction during this period, make the steep 20-minute climb to the top of this old fortress on the northern edge of town. The building isn't in great shape, but you'll be treated to staggering views of the town and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Signs reading "Jump Off Cliff" aren't making a suggestion, but pointing to

the location where Tibetan warriors jumped to their deaths rather than surrender to British troops in 1904. The best way to see everything here is to wind around the fortress clockwise toward the top, using the long concrete staircase to descend. Be careful, as there's a slippery bit of concrete at the bottom of the stairs. The Anti-British Imperialist Museum, just inside the front gate, is worth a visit for a distorted yet amusing account of the British invasion, sprinkled with obvious propaganda.

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North end of Yingxiong Lu, Gyantse, Tsang, 857500, Tibet

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  • Y40
  • Daily 9–6:30

Updated 12/22/2014


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