87 kilometers (54 miles) north of Lhasa, is famous for
its hot springs. It was said that long time ago, before
the sky and the earth was separated, the whole world
was in total darkness. People living at the foot of
Mt. Nyainqentanglha were suffering. One day, a golden
phoenix flied to the area, determined to create brightness
by sacrificing itself. It threw one of its bright eyes
onto the ground. A fairy caught the eye, and then a
bright lamp arose in the air. Snow capped peaks of Mt.
Nyainqentanglha appeared; grassland like huge carpet
emerged; happiness came into Tibetan people. However,
a greedy man near Yangpachen coveted the lamp. He took
a witch man's idea to sharpen his hatred into an arrow
to shoot the lamp. The lamp was broken then, the pieces
of the lamp dropped onto the ground, turning into hot
springs and burned the man to his end. People said that
the hot springs were the fairy's tears.
town lies at high and cold plateau. However, people
approaching will see some hot springs blowing out smokes
going up to sky. While the surrounding area was barren
and extremely cold, Yangpachen is green with grass and
highland barley growing exuberantly.
from the springs cover the small town.
Now it has a thermoelectricity plant,
green houses and hot spring bathrooms,
attracting more and more tourists.