Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival
When spring approaches, most parts of Tibet are still covered with snow, Nyingchi has already been immerged in a sea of peach flowers. In order to celebrate this grandeur of nature and advocate Tibetan culture, Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival has been hold by local Tibetans and enthusiastic tourists since 2002. During this grand festival, you can not only enjoy the rosy peach blossoms and exotic pastoral scenery but also explore Tibetan villages, watch horsemanship performance, try some local delicacies, etc.
Traditionally speaking, the whole Nyingchi peach blossom season lasts from March 15th to April 20th. With the theme of “Exploring The Most Beautiful Spring in China”, the 15th annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival is expected to fall on the middle of March, 2017. Below is the timeline of previous Nyingchi peach blossom festivals for your reference.
Best Time to Experience Nyingchi Peach Blossoms
Nyingchi peaches are mainly distributed along Niyang River as well as the road from airport to Bayi town. The whole peach blossom season often lasts from mid-March to mid-April, but the flowering phase is slightly different.
Up to now, the opening ceremony of 2017 Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival has not been confirmed by the official. Please contact our Tibet travel expert for more details.
Classic Destinations to Enjoy Peach Blossom Festival in Nyingchi
Touring in Nyingchi, you’ll see wild peach trees thriving everywhere, like the edge of the fields, the narrow alleys, etc. Generally speaking, the peach trees begin to bloom in Bome County first, and then Zayu County, Bayi District, Mainling County, Nang County, Gongbo’gyamda County.
1. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival – Bome County
The most significant feature in Bome peach blossom lies in the large size. Favored by Pallong Zangbo River, Bome peach flowers are exceptionally brilliant.
Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Bome: March 10th – April 5th
Wonderful viewing points: Galang Lake/Runa Village, Qingduo Town, Xumu Township, Songzong Town.
Classic travel route: Bome Town-Runa Village-Qingduo Town-Xumu Township-Bome Town-Songzong Town.
Runa Village/GaNang Lake/ GaNang Peach Ditch
Runa Village is 32 kilometers away from Bome Town. When driving through G318, you can appreciate lush peach flowers clustering on the river banks.
Passing over Runa Village, you’ll get to Qingduo Town. Housing thousands of wild peach trees, Qingduo Town is 43 kilometers away from Bome. When spring comes, wild peach blossoms spread all over the mountains and plains, making Qingduo reputed as “peach blossom island”. Besides, you can go to a higher slope to catch a panoramic view of peach flowers and Qingduo Temple.
2. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival – Zayu County
Most of splendid scenery are hiding in the lofty mountains and deep valleys. There is no exception in Zayu County. We strongly suggest you to appreciate peach blossoms at the second half of March.
Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Zayu: March 10th – April 5th
Wonderful viewing points: Guyu Township
3. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival – Bayi District
One specialty in Bayi Peach Blossom Festival is appreciating lush flowers on Niyang River. With green willows growing on the banks and cute waterfowls floating by, you will be indulged in the Niyang River cruise.
Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Bayi: March 15th – April 10th
Wonderful viewing points: Gala Village, a typical peach village, is 17 kilometers away from Bayi Town.
Classic travel route: Bayi Town-Gala Village-Kasimu Village-Daze Village-Nichi Village-Gala Village-Bayi Town.
Note: Peach trees in Gala Village often put forth their blossoms about March 10th. After reaching the peak around March 18th, peach blossoms begin to fade away at the end of March. The full-blossom period in Gala is much longer than other places.
4. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival – Mainling County
Mainling is situated in the southwest of Nyingchi, at the middle reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, between Nyainqentanglha and the Himalayas. It’s surrounded by Nang County on the west, Gongbo’gyamda County on the northwest, Nyingchi County on the north and Longzi County on the south. Lying along Yarlung Tsangpo River, Mainling gives us a feeling like it’s an lush oasis floating on the river. Here is the paradise of peach blossoms.
Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Mainling: March 20th – April 5th
Wonderful viewing points: Provincial Highway 306/road along the Grand Canyon, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon entrance, Suosong Village, Love than The Hard Rock, path along Nyingchi Airport to Qiangna Temple
Classic travel route: Bayi Town-Nyingchi Mainling Airport-Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon-Suosong Village
Located in the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon Scenic Spot, Suosong Village is the best point to take great shots of majestic Namjagbarwa Peak and brilliant peach blossoms.
Located 10km away from Suosong Village, Daling Village is home to boundless pastures and tens of thousands of peach trees. How romantic it is to see rosy petals dancing in the soft breeze.
Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Entrance
The most beautiful peach blossoms in Namjagbrawa are flourishing at the entrance to Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. The brilliant sunshine, pure blue sky, white clouds, snow mountains and full-blown peach blossoms make you feel like wandering in a fairyland. You can also take a cruise along Yarlung Zangbo River. As the green mountains and Tibetan villages pass by, it seems like you can reach out to the peach flowers on the riverside.
Love than The Hard Rock
At the foot of Namcha Barwa Mountain stands a heat-shaped stone. The boulder was split from top to bottom. But the amazing thing is a peach tree has sprouted from the crack. There is a romantic love story about this fantastic landscape.
Love than The Hard RockThe peach tree has miraculously thrived from the crack.
Once upon a time, Shouduo, a king of peach tree, has two daughters. They fell in love with a youth Anida who begged for a peach from Shouduo to treat his mother’s disease. The younger sister Rami has succeed in getting a peach from her father, but it roiled the older sister Rama. When Rami was going to hand the peach over to Anida, Rama used her magic power to trap Rami under the boulder. Thousands of years later, Rami has already turned into dust, but the peach tree miraculously bursts out of the stone. Don’t forget to circle peach tree clockwise three times for everlasting love.
Note: The temperature in Nyingchi-Mainling Highway and valley areas is much lower. The flowering period usually starts from March 12th. It reaches the best around March 20th to April 5th.
5. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival – Nang County
Peach trees along Mainling to Nang County are more peculiar than other places. Some grow on the sand dues, some on the tough cliffs, and others on gorges.
Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Nang County: March 20th – April 15th
Wonderful viewing points: Zhuo Village, Bare Village, Tibet eastern loop
Classic travel route: Mainling-Zhuo Village-Nang County-Bare Village-Gyaca
6. Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival – Gongbo’gyamda County
Gongbo’gyamda is located in the upper reach of Niyang River. In addition to Laru Village and Basum Tso Scenic Spot, most of peach blossoms in Gongbo’gyamda are clustering along National Highway 318.
Best Time to enjoy peach blossom in Gongbo’gyamda: April 5th – April 30th
Wonderful viewing points: Laru Village, Bahe Town, Xiuba Village, Basum Tso Scenic Spot, Xiri Village, Linze Village, Gesar Castle, Gadan Village
Classic travel route: Bayi Town-Bahe Town-Xiuba Village-Xiri Village-Linze Village-Gadan Village
30km away from Heba Town, Laru Village treasures a great number of peach flowers in Gongbo’gyamda. We highly recommend you to come here in the middle of April for the best views.
Basum Tso Scenic Spot/Jieba Village
Known as “the paradise on earth”, Basum Tso Scenic Spot is home to snow mountains, turquoise lakes, primitive forest, roaring waterfalls, natural pasture, religious temples and cultural heritage relics. Jieba Village, built by the Lake Basum Tso, is also a good place to enjoy peach blossoms.
You can also pay a visit to Xiuba Village, 75km away from Bayi Town. Here you can not only appreciate rosy peach blossoms but also explore the Xiba Ancient Castle.
Note: Since Gongbo’gyamda has an average altitude of 3,500 meters, the flowering period starts much later than other places. Peach trees often begin to bloom around March 25th. The full-blossom period lasts from April 5th to 30th or so.
Highlights of Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival
In addition to massive peach blossoms, you can also take part in cycling competition, enjoy the hot springs, and try some local delicacies. Now, let’s check out some highlights of Nyingchi peach blossom festival.
a. participate in peach blossom photography contest
b. explore the exotic Tibetan villages and unique pastoral scenery
c. watch horsemanship performance, archery, and carrying stones competition
d. enjoy hot springs
e. taste the local foods and drinks
f. take an adventurous cruise along Niyang River
Way to Get to Nyingchi Tibet
Located in the southeast of Tibet, Nyingchi is endowed with pleasant climate, massive peach trees, pastoral scenery and an easy access to neighboring provinces and regions. Most tourists would like to take direct flights from Lhasa, Chongqing and Chengdu to attend Nyingchi peach blossom festival. If time allows, traveling overland to Tibet Nyingchi via G318 is another good choice for you.
In fact, Tibet has more than 100 festivals throughout a year. As long as you travel in Tibet for half a month in any season, you’ll certainly come across a traditional Tibetan festival here. See more about Tibetan festival tours.