Brahmaputra River Tibet is home to one of the most famous attractions in the country, the Yarlung Tsangbo Grand Canyon said to the deepest in the entire world. The Brahmaputra River is called the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Tibet, and originates in Tibet where it flows down from a northern-based glacier in the Himalayas, also making it one of the highest located major rivers in the world. From west to east, the river flows through the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and traverses across both India and Bengal. It ends where it meets the Bay of Bengal. The Brahmaputra is the focus of many adventure and sightseeing trips in each of the countries its crosses, and with a total length of more than 1,800 miles, it is also one of the longest rivers in China.
Both Brahmaputra river cruises in Tibet along with whitewater rafting are each excellent ways in which to explore the scenery and get a glimpse of the new Brahmaputra River dam being built. Since the Yarlung Tsangpo River Canyon was first discovered more in 1994, the Chinese government has spent more than 300 million yuan constructing tourist facilities to make visiting the Grand Canyon of China an easier pursuit. Many of the tourist amenities are situated in Mainling, which is the starting point for the Brahmaputra river cruises in Tibet. Set in the prefecture Nyingchi, tourists will find a host of attractions and activities including cultural sword dances, the Ganlu Caves, Damnyain Monument, and access to see the massive Brahmaputra River dam.
China tours of the Brahmaputra River Tibet can be arranged in Mainling where there is a new cruise service offered to tourists on smaller boats riding parts of the river with a main stop at the Yarlung Tsangbo Grand Canyon. The canyon acts as a passageway for warmer airflow blowing in from the Indian Ocean, which offers ideal conditions for dense tropical forests that are habitats to rich wildlife like antelopes, tigers, snakes, wild boars, and monkeys. Sightseeing at the canyon is said to be one of the best things to do off the beaten track in Tibet.
Another major draw of the canyon at Brahmaputra River Tibet is whitewater rafting and kayaking. There are many small outfitters near the canyon providing tours and gear. If staying on dry land is a more favorable choice, hiking along the river is another option. Some Brahmaputra river cruises in Tibet that offer day trips on small, traditional boats, offer the chance to explore parts of the riverbanks via short hikes. Some popular hiking tours include an itinerary that winds through Chengdu, Pailong Village, Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, and Lulang Village.
The Brahmaputra River dam is a project undertaken by China, which involves damming the Yarlung Tsangpo River originating in Tibet. The river is an ideal source of hydropower with its many tributary branches offering a power capacity of almost 80,000 kilowatts. This puts it in second place after Yangtze River (where the Three Gorges Dam is built) for most kilowatts of river power. China created the Bramhaputra River dam in November 2010, to begin work on the new Zangmu Hydropower Station project in nearby prefecture of Lhoka. It is currently known as the highest dam in the world and will cost $1.8 billion once completed. The dam, located 150 miles from Lhasa, is scheduled to begin producing hydropower in 2014, alleviating the Tibetan power shortage. The Brahmaputra dam will also aid in irrigating fields and controlling flooding.