One of the three sacred lakes in Tibet, Lake Mapam Yumco is a place respected by the Tibetan people. Lake Mapam Yumco is 4,587 meters above sea level. The lake covers an area of 412 square kilometers and is 77 meters deep. On the slope of the mountain by the lake stands the Jiniao Monastery, a best place to overlook the lake.
(Tourists can take any passing buses from Burang to Shiquanhe and get off halfway for visiting the Jiniao Monastery. The travel is about 100 kilometers for 30 yuan or less. The road is poor. If you take the bus from Lhasa to Shiquanhe you have to get off at Bagag and change for another bus. It is 30 kilometers from Bagag to the Jiniao Monastery. It takes one day on foot. At the foot of the Jiniao Monastery Hill there are small hostels for 30 yuan per person. )
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