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The healing power of Dezhong hot spring in Tibet
08:32, September 28, 2012  

It is often said that the pristine scenery and magnificent landscapes of China's Tibet Autonomous Region are therapeutic for the mind. Yet the benefit of travelling to Tibet goes far beyond the spiritual plane, it can actually be medicinal. It has been proven that the hot springs on the plateau can be effective for curing bodily ailments.

According to Tibetan medical belief, the season of peach blossoms, or spring, is the time when symptoms of potential illnesses are most easily seen. And a dip in the hot springs is the best way to induce such symptoms.

Rich in underground terrestrial heat, the Tibetan plateau has a good number of hot springs of various sizes with differing mineral content. Although highly regarded for their water quality, the hot springs are mostly located in far-flung areas of the autonomous region.

Among those that are accessible, Dezhong hot spring is frequently sought after by tourists. It is connected with Lhasa by a bus route which opens every two days. Passengers on this bus are mostly local farmers and herdsman often seen carrying with them farm produce or small domestic poultry.

About 120 kilometers away from Lhasa, Dezhong hot spring is situated at the bottom of a valley 4500 meters above sea level with a row of sharp rising mountains looming in the distance.

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(Editor:陈丽丹、姚春)

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Photo taken on Sept. 25, 2012 shows the scenery of Lake Yamzho Yumco in Nagarze County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Yamzho Yumco, Nam Co and Mapam Yumco are considered as the three sacred lakes in Tibet. (Xinhua/Wen Tao)Photo taken on Sept. 25, 2012 shows the scenery of Lake Yamzho Yumco in Nagarze County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Yamzho Yumco, Nam Co and Mapam Yumco are considered as the three sacred lakes in Tibet. (Xinhua/Wen Tao)
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