Nangqen (囊谦; Nángqiān) is a town and county in Yushu (prefecture).
Yushu and Xining are the only towns with direct public transport to Nangqen.
From Xining, the sleeper bus will arrive at the bus station, on Xiangda St, in downtown Nangqen. Fare is Y249.
From Yushu, the collective taxi drop passengers to their destination if it is located into town. If you don't know where you are going, ask to be dropped off at the bus station. Fare is Y50 per person from Yushu.
If your hotel has no hot shower, you can take one at the bus station (in the inner parking lot, the office on the right) for Y8, from 10AM.
- Nangqing Hotel: This formal hotel is located 100 meters West of the bus station. It has a wide range of rooms, from the 4-bed common room at Y30 per person (winter price, 2012), a triple room with TV at Y80 (winter price, listed in the lobby at Y120, 2012) and a deluxe room with TV and attached bathroom at Y120 (winter price, listed in the lobby at Y320, 2012). In winter, there is no running water inside the hotel, but there is a toilet pit and water well in the parking lot behind the building.
The bus station has only one bus per day, a sleeper bus leaving around 10 - 10:30 AM to Xining at a price of Y249. (2012)
Collective taxis to Yushu leave from Xiangda Dong (east) St, just East of the main intersection in downtown Nangqen. Y50. (2012)
To visit the monasteries further South on the G214 or to reach Riwoqe in Tibet, you have to hire a taxi or hitchhike. In the morning, ask the taxi drivers waiting on Xiangda Dong (east) St. their destination, you might get lucky. Monks sometimes come into town to do their shopping, you can find the trucks transporting them near the intersection that is just east of the main monastery (Nangqensi). You might get lucky here too.