Created in 1992, Trashi Yangtse is the newest district in Bhutan. It was formerly part of Trashigang. The district’s climate ranges from sub-tropical in the south to alpine temperatures in the north.
The people of Trashi Yangtse, known as the Yangtseps, are fun-loving Buddhist folks. The district is home several important monasteries and temples, including the Dongdi Dzong, now known as Trashi Yangtse Dzong. Other popular temples are the Rigsum Goemba and the Gomphu Kora.
The district also features the famous Iron Chain Bridge over the Kholong River at Duksum built by the Tibetan King Dupthob Thangthong Gyalpo. Another popular landmark is the ruins of Tshenkharla Dzong, a castle like structure built by a Tibetan prince.
Like the neighboring district of Trashigang, Trashi Yangtse also has diverse ethnic communities that speak different dialects. Apart from the majority Tshanglas, there are Bramis, Khangpas, and Kurtoeps.
The farmers of Trashi Yangtse grow maize, paddy rice, wheat, barley, and buckwheat. They are also known for their expertise in wood work and traditional paper making. It has rich flora and fauna. And apart from Phobjikha in Wangduephodrang, Bumdeling in Trashi Yangtse is another bigger roosting ground of the rare and endangered black-necked cranes.
Places of Interest: Choeten Kora Stupa, Gomphu Kora Lhakhang, Dongdi Dzong, Duksum Iron Chain Bridge, New Trashi Yangtse Dzong, Omba Nye, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Institute of Zorig Chusum.