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2012-March-5 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Chayu, Tibet

Chayu County in the Tibet Autonomous Region is 2,360 meters above sea level, much lower than the region’s average altitude of about 4,000 meters.

People always liken Chanyu,"the Jiangnan of Tibet", to a green pearl on the national border. The mountainous region is the native land of the Deng people, who have a limited written language and use rope-knotting and wood-carving to keep records. Mostly engaged in agriculture, Deng men often wear sleeveless shirts that reach their thighs while women dress in short-sleeve blouses.

Because of its wet, subtropical climate in the southern Himalayas, with a more southern latitude than Suzhou and Hangzhou, Chayu has very pleasant natural conditions that allow a large variety of plants to grow. Its complex physiognomy consists of high peaks, deep valleys, snowy mountains and grasslands.

The county boasts a variety of tourist attractions such as forests, waterfalls, lakes, grasslands, glaciers and snowy mountains. Its abundant species, complex topography and unique climate create many scenic spots including the Jigong hot spring, the Dongcong cold spring and the Ziba Valley National Nature Reserve. It is one of the top choices in the world for explorers and photographers.

Transport: Fly to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, from Shenzhen International Airport and take a coach to Chayu. There is only one coach from Chengdu to Chayu every week. Or fly to Linzhi, Tibet, from Chengdu and take a coach to Chayu.

Delicacies: Highland barley wine, buttered tea, beef, lamb, barbecued meat, and fruits.

(Wang Yuanyuan)

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