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Garang Lake: The “Heavenly Lake” of Bomi County, Nyingchi

Introduction to Garang Lake

Garang Lake (dgav-gnam-mtsho), nestled in Garang Village of the ancient township northwest of Bomi County’s town in Nyingchi, Tibet, is a serene body of water covering 2 square kilometers. “Garang” in Tibetan means “white sky,” earning it the nickname “Heavenly Lake.” Situated below the flat terrain of Garang Village, the lake’s crystal-clear waters are bordered by lush grasses and blooming flowers.

The Enchanting Environment

Surrounded by green mountains, ancient trees, snow-capped peaks, clouds, forests, villages, and fields reflected in its waters, Garang Lake offers a breathtakingly picturesque setting that delights the senses. The lake teems with fish, attracting flocks of wild ducks, waterbirds, and the rare black-necked cranes, creating a lively and enchanting atmosphere.

Historical Significance

Near the shores of Garang Lake stand the ruins of the Garang Palace. Before 1717, this site served as the capital of the Garang Kingdom, with remnants of the earthen walls, watchtowers, and staircases used to fetch water from the mountain still faintly visible. Legend has it that the Garang Kingdom was established over two thousand years ago, enduring through 53 generations until its demise in 1927, making it one of Tibet’s oldest dynasties.

There’s a belief that descendants of the Garang Kingdom still reside in the village. Standing at the ruins of the Garang Palace, visitors can almost sense the bygone era’s majestic and commanding presence of the kings of Bomi.

Visiting Garang Lake

  • Access: The village is accessible by traveling west from the county town, crossing Kada Bridge, and then navigating over a small mountain towards the northwest for about 30 kilometers, with the journey itself offering stunning landscapes.
  • Community and Recognition: Garang Village is located 4 kilometers from the 318 National Highway and 15 kilometers from the township center. Home to 82 households and over 430 residents, with 610 acres of farmland, the village integrates forests, snow mountains, lakes, and temples into one scenic area. In 2011, the China Association for Ecological Culture honored Garang Village of the ancient township with the title of “National Ecological Culture Village.”

Garang Lake and its surroundings offer a unique blend of natural beauty, historical depth, and cultural significance, making it a must-visit destination for those exploring the rich tapestry of Tibet’s landscapes and legacies.

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