Lhunzhub County Overview
Lhünzhub County, also called Lhundrub or Linzhou County, is a county in Lhasa prefecture-level city towards the north-east of the main center of Lhasa, Tibet, China. It covers an area of 4,512 km2 and as of 2000 had a population of 50,895 people, almost all classified as rural. The southern portion, the Pengbo River Valley, contains fertile arable land, while the colder and more mountainous northern portion primarily supports grazing. The county has many monasteries, including the Reting Monastery.
Lhünzhub County is geologically complex, with an average elevation of 4,000 metres. Mineral resources include lead, zinc, copper, silver, gold and gypsum. A spur of the Nyainqêntanglha mountains crosses the whole territory, dividing it into a southern and northern part. In the south the Pengbo valley has an average elevation of 3,680 metres with a mild climate. The average temperature is 5.8 °C (42.4 °F). The northern "three rivers" section, crossed by the Lhasa River and its tributary the Razheng River, is mountainous and has an average elevation of 4,200 metres (13,800 ft). It has average annual temperature of 2.9 °C (37.2 °F) and is mostly pastoral, with yak, sheep and goats. Wildlife includes roe deer, white-lipped deer, otter, black-necked crane, duck, Mongolian gazelle, ibex. Medicinal plants include Cordyceps, Fritillaria, Rhodiola, and Ganoderma lucidum.
Highlights of Lhunzhub County
Reting Monastery(热振寺): Reting Monastery is a historically important Buddhist monastery. It has a ruined dzong which is overlooked by a mountain of near-perfect conical proportions. During special festivals, kinds of activities are taken place lively.
Bird Watching: Thousands of black-necked cranes start to fly towards Lhünzhub County from the beginning of December. Here is a paradise for birds. Lhünzhub county in Lhasa is the best place for bird-watching in Tibet winter.
Hutoushan Reservoir(虎头山水库): lies in Qangka Township(强嘎乡). The reservoir is bordered by large swamps and wet meadows, and has abundant plants and shellfish.
The Lhasa River(林周拉萨河): also called Kyi River, is a northern tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in the south of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
Puyanggangqin Peak(普央岗钦峰): Pu means dare to do; Yang means slabstone, scabbling; while gangqin means heavy snow, so the whole name is meaning the people who dare to struggle for their freedom in the slabstone snow area.