Posted on 10/22/2007

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namtso lake

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Stupa at the Namtso Lake Tibet

Stupa at the Namtso Lake Tibet
Namtso Lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine. Namtso Lake's touching beauty should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet. Its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Platean. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso is famous for its high altitude (4718 meters), vast area (1961 square kilometers) and beautiful scenery.

Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, Namtso is the biggest lake throughout Tibet. Meanwhile, it is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seems to be cleansed by the pure lake water.

Namtso Lake maintains its levels from rainfall and melted snow flowing from high mountains. Five islands stand in the waters of the lake, among which the largest one is Liangduo island. In addition another five bylands stretch into the lake from different directions. Zhaxi byland is the largest in area of these five. A great many bizarre stone peaks can be found on this byland. Some of them are like trunks; some look like human beings; some resemble trees. Various kinds of vivid shapes can easily arouse your imagination. At the same time there are many quiet grottos which are masterpieces of nature. Some grottos are narrow and long like subways; some are full of stalactites; still, others are like louvers. Queer rocks, steep peaks, natural stone ladders and other landform wonders on Zhaxi byland present visitors a picture filled with mystery and enchantment.

Fr@nk Eiche, Sylvie Coeffic, Varin and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

8 years ago.
Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic
would like to go there! :-)
5 years ago.
Wolfgang has replied to Sylvie Coeffic
Hi Sylvie, thanks for your comment, its a great and absolute fascinating place indeed! But for every body who would like to visit Tibet and this lake its very important to know that this lake lies at an altitude of 4,718 m. An acclimatization of one or two weeks in lower altitude before the visit is indispensable to life.
5 years ago.
Fr@nk Eiche
Fr@nk Eiche
Haut mich glatt vom Barhocker!
5 years ago.
Gareth L Evans
Gareth L Evans
So lovely
3 years ago.