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
from the springs cover the small town.
Now it has a thermoelectricity plant,
green houses and hot spring bathrooms,
attracting more and more tourists.