Caves in Lhorong County, Chamdo
Chinese Name: 洛隆县溶洞
English Name: Limestone Caves in Lhorong County, Chamdo
Location: Located in Lhorong County, Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day
About the Limestone Caves in Lhorong County
Lhorong County（洛隆县）of Chamdo Prefecture（昌都市）is rich in karst cave landscapes. According to the information we’ve mastered now, the most representative karst cave here is Dingdala Puba（丁达拉普巴）—Puba in Tibetan language means limestone caves, which is 35 kilometers away from Lhorong County. There are also many other famous and mysterious karst caves with different characteristics, such as Makangzhu Puba（妈康珠普巴）, Nisang Puba（尼桑普巴）, and Dalong Puba（达龙普巴）which is 75 kilometers away from the county seat, etc.
Examples of Some Special Caves
Dingdala Puba: If you throw a stone to the hole, you will hear the beautiful and melodious sound of a variety of musical instruments a few seconds later.
Makangzhu Puba: The cave entrance is really small which can only permit one person to get in, but the inside hole is wide enough to accommodate hundreds of people and the natural formed stone tables, stone dishes and other equipment with about more than 30 square meters.
Nisang Puba: The two stone pinnacles in the cave seem really unique. Legend has it that it will be really difficult for a man of great sin to get through between the two stone towers.
Dalong Puba: It is a good place for visitors to have an adventure travel here because until now nobody knows how long this cave is.
Located in the Bangda Grassland, the Chamdo Bangda Airport is the world’s highest airport and has the longest runway. It is 136 kilometers (84.5 miles) from Chamdo County. As the first lateral airport in Tibet, Chamdo Bangda Airport started to be built in 1993 and finished in October, 1994. At present, it has air routes to/from domestic cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Tianjin, Xian, and Xining; meanwhile, flights to/from Nepal are also operated at this airport.
Passengers can take airport shuttle bus to Lhorong County from the airport.
The airport inquiry number is +86 0895-4821004.
The Prefecture is over 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) from Chengdu and over 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) from Lhasa. Every week at least three buses travel between Qamdo and the two cities. Apart from regular buses, the tourist bureau sometimes sends special buses to Lhasa for visitors. They do not drive at night, so the whole journey may take five or six days. For individual tourists, hiring passing cars, mostly freight cars, is the best choice. These cars usually pick up passengers at the bus station in Lhorong County, and visitors can negotiate the details with the drivers.
Attraction Travel Tips
- Traveling Hours: one day
- Traveling Seasons: June to October.
- High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Better take some medicines for relief and keep warm all the time.
- As there is a large temperature gap between daytime and night, it is highly recommended to take along some pieces of thermal clothing, hat, and gloves and so on.
- Owing to the long distance and circuitous route, it is better to head for the attraction in the early morning.