Ngari Prefecture Travel Information
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Ngari Prefecture Travel Information

Update: Mar. 14th, 2013

A glance of Ngari

Ngari Prefecture Travel Information – Natural Environment

The eastern part of Ngari Prefecture borders on Nagqu Prefecture. Its western and southwestern parts border on India, Nepal and Kashmir. It borders on Zhongba County and Saga County in the south. With a large area and small population, Nagri Prefecture also borders on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north. Located at the juncture of Himalayas, Gangdise Mountains and Kara-Kunlun Mountains, Ngari Prefecture enjoys an average altitude around 4500 meters.

There are two routes for tourists planning a Tibet tour and willing to pay a visit to Ngari. Some of the self-driving tourists would like to enter into Ngari from Xinjiang along State Highway G219 while the others would like to start the trip to Ngari from Lhasa via Shigatse. No matter enter into Ngari Prefecture from the southern route or the northern route; tourists will have the chance to enjoy a magnificent plateau landscape.

There is a series of scenic spots in the sparsely populated Ngari Prefecture, among which the holy lake (Lake Manasarovar) and holy mountain (Mt. Kailash) are the most noted ones. A large quantity of pilgrims would come here for pilgrimage every year. The Gurla Mandhata and Lha'angtso Lake here also attract a large number of tourists interested in Tibet adventure tours. The ancient Ruin of Guge Kingdom and the Cliff Paintings are of great attraction for tourists interested in exploring the miraculous Tibetan civilization. The highest bird island above the sea level is also located in Ngari Prefecture.

Ngari Prefecture Travel Information – Climate

The annual average temperature in Ngari Prefecture is about 18 to 20 Celsius. The daily temperature changes rapidly and obviously in different hours. For instance, the temperature is above 10 Celsius in the daytime while it is under 0 Celsius in the night in the areas with an altitude of more than 5000 meters in August. Ngari Prefecture enjoys a small precipitation with strong seasonality. The precipitation between October and April only takes 10 to 20 percent of the total annual precipitation while the precipitation between May and September takes more than 80 percent of the annual precipitation.

Ngari is praised as the Roof of the Roof of the World for its high altitude. There is obvious difference between the climates in the southern Ngari and Northern Ngari due to its special topography – higher in the north and lower in the south. Located in Northern Ngari Prefecture, Gaer Town enjoys an annual average temperature of lower than 0.1 Celsius and the average temperature in summer is about 13.6 Celsius. The climate here is mainly characterized by dry and cold. According to statistics, the extremely low temperature at Gaer Town even reaches -41 Celsius. Pulan County and Zhada County in Southern Ngari Prefecture enjoy a better climate. The annual average temperature here is around 3 Celsius. But the snow disaster happens frequently in winter and spring in these areas. In the rainy season between June and August, the road in this section is frequently blocked by the torrential flood and debris flow.

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