Shongsep Temple

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A2, A3 (2009)
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Area: 400 ha

Site description
Located in the mountainous region around the Lhasa River. The habitat below 3,900 m is dry river valley scrub, from 3,900-4,500 m there is scrub dominated by Spiraea spp. on sunny slopes and Rhododendron parvifolium on the shaded slopes, from 4,500-4,900 m there is short Cypress spp. in sunny areas and Rhododendron parvifolium and Salix spp. on the shaded slopes, from 4,500-4,900 m there is Rhododendron parvifolium scrub, and from 4,900-5,200 m there is meadow. Above 5,200 m is high-mountain alpine vegetation, with bare rocks above and no glacial development.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Moschus sifanicus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shongsep Temple. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.