Travel Guide

Niyang River

Traveling in Nyingchi area of Tibet Autonomous Region, it will be easy to find that all the sceneries on the way are attached to water. Therefore, local Tibetans of this region are all bear a remarkable reverence towards various forms of water and mountains as well. Generally speaking, Tibetans reputed the river as “Qu” and the lake as “Cuo”, for example, the Namtso Lake. Meanwhile, the Niyang River is also known as the Mother River as well. The beauty of the river exists exactly in its clear water. Especially at the beginning of autumn, the still river is as green as an emerald and the water of subcritical slow is as clear as a jade. In addition, the flowing water splashed numerous white sprays that formed three sorts of visual shock.

Being one of the five major tributaries of the Brahmaputra River, this famous and beautiful Niyang River is originated from the west side of Mila Mountain with a total length of 307.5 km, flew into the Yarlung Tsangpo River in the vincinity of Nyingchi County from west to east. Due to its low content of sediment in this river, Nyang River looks extremely clear and pure just like a green jade ribbon winding its way towards its destination and also as if a giant dragon walking down all the way from the high mountain and passing through the primeval forest until its afflux of the Brahmaputra River. During the convergence of Niyang River and the Yarlung Tsangpo River, it makes a clear distinction between purity and impurity since the Niyang River is clear and flows rapidly while the Yarlung Tsangpo River is turbid and slow. After the confluence of the two rivers, Niyang River flows against the current which forms the backflow wonders.

Niyang River, with a total length of 307.5 km is located on the Tibetan Plateau and covers a vast basin area of 17.5 thousand square km, ranking the fourth among all the tributaries of the Yarlung Tsangpo River but containing an enormous amount of water which is only second to that of Palong Tsangpo River. Known as the “Mother River” in the Gongbu district, Tibet Autonomous Region, Niyang River is also called “Niangqu” which refers to tears of goddess. Along both sides of the river planted intact vegetation that consists of the exquisite scenery of Nyang River. On the other hand, there are a variety of wild birds near Nyang River and also a region of over-wintering for the black-necked cranes of Tibet at the same time.