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Address: Within Gyangze County, Gyangze County 857400, China
Name/address in local language
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Gyantse Dzong, also known as Gyantse Fortress, is one the well reserved...

Gyantse Dzong, also known as Gyantse Fortress, is one the well reserved dzongs in Tibet. It was constructed in 1390 and since guards the southern approaches to the Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa.Local people usually call Gyantse as the ‘Hero City’ for the reason that the determined resistance of Tibetans against far superior forces during the British invasion to Tibet of 1903 and 1904. The invasion was an overpowering slaughter that hundreds of Tibetan people with antiquated matchlock guns and slingshots were killed by British with Maxim machine guns and cannons. One night of May 1904, Tibetan ambushed British army and won a battle. Six months later, British people came back again with more cannons to bomb Gyantse Dzong. In order not to be captured by British army, the Tibetan survivals all jumped from the fortress.

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Great views from the top

The Dzong was being renovated when we visited but we walked all around it and up as high as we could and we were rewarded by fabulous views from the top.

Reviewed 4 December 2016
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Dzong was being renovated when we visited but we walked all around it and up as high as we could and we were rewarded by fabulous views from the top.

Thank AshteadCandS
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

The "Dzong Fortress", more commonly known as "Gyantse Dzong", dominates the landscape around this small town in the mountains of Tibet. Looking from town or from famous "Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa", one cannot imagine how important this old fortress has been along the centuries. Its original walls date as far back as the 9th Century, the main fortifications were... More 

1 Thank LuizDutraNeto
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 20 February 2015

Absolutely great views over the town and surrounding countryside, and that's why you should come, not for the fortress building itself.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

The fortress looks impressive from a distance and provides an excellent back drop for photos of the town and monastery. We never went inside but climbed to the fortress for the excellent views over the monastery and surrounding town.

Thank Wilcoxm51
Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Unfortunately it was closed for renovations during our visit, but it makes a magnificent sight perched on the top of a barren mountain. Go for the view - worth the 10 minutes detour.

Thank angtravel18
Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We did not climb it as it was closed at the time (also, I'm not sure we were up to it, still suffering a little from altitude sickness), but it was lovely just to look at from the plaza below. Also, when you visit Palgor Chorten there is a magnificent view of the fortress from its back side. Very impressive.

Thank Shanghyper
Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

A spectacular site itself but very few people try to walk on the top. The altitude of 4200 m is not a joke. I did it once and I could not sleep all the night from the effort and altitude symptoms. Good luck!

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

This place is definitely worth to visit. If you are tired from the Monasteries you have to visit this place. Realy nice. Some refubrishment was also done. From the top you can enjoy nice view over Gyantse.

Thank VojtekT

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