Introduction of Tongren:
Tongren County, the capital of Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is located in the southeast part of Qinghai Province, with an area of 3465 square kilometres and the population of 90,000, among which Tibetan ethnic minority covers more than 72 percent of the total population. Besides, Han, Hui and Baoan nationalities are dwelling here. It is 181 kilometres away from Xining. Tongren is situated in the transitional zone between the Qinghai -Tibetan plateau and Huangtu plateau and it has an average elevation of 2,809 metres above sea level.
What to visit in Tongren?
The Longwu River flows from the south to north through the whole county, thus forming different landscapes of the mountainous area in the west-east and the valley in the center. The climate, therefore, varies in a different part of the county, with an annual average temperature of 5.20 degree Celsius. The average sunshine of the year is 2413. 1-2634.9 hours. The frost-free period is about 61-150 days. The average precipitation of the year is 425. 7millimeters. The climate is pleasant and it is the best summer resort.
Tongren is the only national historical and cultural township of Qinghai Province. In the centre of Anduo-speaking Tibetan area, Tongren is adjacent to Lapulen Temple of Gansu Province. At present, there are many ancient Buddhism temples and historical sites such as Wutun Temple, Nianduhu Temple, Guomari Temple and so on.
Longwu Temple is located in the southwest of Tongren County, the temple was built in the Yuan Dynasty, and it is one of the most famous temples of Tibetan Buddhism in Anduo Tibetan Area. Its size and status are second only to Ta'er Lamasery and Labrang Monastery. When you entering the Longwu Temple, you can visit the magnificent Tibetan Buddhist monastery complex, learn the history of Tibetan Buddhism and see the exquisite Thangka, and that will definitely feast your eyes.
The Art of Tongren:
Tongren is the land of Regong Tibetan Buddhism Art. It is also the hometown of the Tibetan painters. Regong Tibetan Buddhist Art includes designs of colour painting (murals, scroll paintings, I.e. Tangka in Tibetan), colour sculpture (mud-carving, wood-carving plus stone-carving), barbola (embroidering, clip, and paste), architecture painting and design, etc. It has been listed as the human intangible cultural heritage. Regong Art is famous for its lively models, fine brushwork and beautiful colour. It has a great reputation at home and abroad and is praised as an exotic flower in the garden of Chinese culture and art.
"June Festival" is the grandest traditional folk activity of Tibetan and Tu people along the Longwu River. It stemmed from totemism. It is not only an original culture but also a folk custom with a national characteristic and long history in Tongren.
When is the best time to visit?
Every June to October is the best time to travel to Tongren, among them, Summers is pleasant, and it is the best summer resorts for travelers. Winters is very cold and dry. The best time to visit is spring and summer as the weather is comfortable and scenery at its most impressive.
In addition, travelers can also visit the scenic spot in Autumn, because, at that time, visitors can enjoy the spectacular views on the plateau.
Every June of the lunar calendar, the Tibetan and Tu people in Regong will hold the sacrificial activities, so during that period, travelers can see the various traditional ethnic activities such as offer sacrifices to gods or ancestors and ethnic performances.
Travel tips of Tongren:
1.Tongren has an average altitude of 3, 000 metres, many tourists may have altitude sickness, please avoid intense exercise and ensure adequate sleep.
2.The temperature of Tonren is different between day and night, tourists should take more clothes. Furthermore, Tongren has intense sunshine and dust during the day, so the tourists are also suggested to prepare the sunscreen products and other necessities.
3.When we traveling in Qinghai, we should respect the local customs and religions.
4.Do not take a picture or make a noise in religious places.
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