Namco Lake
    2009-06-25 17:34:42     Xinhua      Web Editor: Sun Yang
 

The photo taken on June 10, 2006 shows the Welcoming Stones beside the sacred Namco Lake, north of Lhasa which is the capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo: Xinhua]


Namtso Lake

Area: 1,961.5 square meters; 4,720 meters above sea leavel

Tibetan for "Heavenly Lake," Namtso is regarded as one of Tibetan Buddhism's three holiest lakes. The lake is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists, who consider it the seat of Paramasukha Chakrasamvara. Buddhists believe that buddhas, bodhisattvas and vajras will assemble at Namtso in the Tibetan year of the sheep.

Namtso Lake, China's highest saltwater lake, lies beside snow-capped Mt. Nyainqentanglha, the son of Namtso and leader of sacred mountains. The lake with the highest sea level in the world is far away from the pollution of modern civilization. Natural wildlife -- animals, birds and fish -- is a summer attraction. The lake freezes in October. In May, the ice melts, producing thunderous sounds.

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