Lhasa River, the mother river of Lhasa
People have Tibet travel by Tibetan Railway know that the origin of Huang River and Yangtze
River. They are called mother river for all the Chinese. In Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet
Autonomous Region, there is also a mother river for Locals called "Lhasa River".
Originated in the south foot of Nyainqentanglha mountains, Lhasa River goes through the city of
Lhasa in the southwest then gets Qushui village and feeds into Brahmaputra. The downstream
valley is very wide that it has become the main farming area of Tibet.
Lhasa River has a great influence on the development of Lhasa since early time. It is the largest
tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo River Basin. The basin area of Lhasa River only accounts for
2.7% of the total area of Tibet autonomous region while population and farmland proportion in
basin occupies 15% of the date in whole autonomous region. It's the concentration area of Tibetan
industry, agriculture and animal husbandry industry. The old plateau city Lhasa is situated in the
lower reaches of the river's right bank. In 633 AD the emperor Song Xan Gan Bbu unified the
tribes of Tibet and set the capital in the valley of Lhasa River which provide a chance for the
development of Lhasa River basin area that has become the central area of Tibetan politic,
economy, culture, transportation and religion.
Lhasa River is also famous for "the blue waves of happiness". People live in Lhasa love this river
very much that each weekend or festival locals in crowds will drive here or walk here to have fun.
Tibetans gather to banks setting up tents for fishing, paddling, bathing. They enjoy the bright
sunshine and free time in Lhasa drinking the buttered tea with all kinds of delicious food cooked
from home. This activity of Tibet looks like the picnic of Han people.