About 250km southwest of Lhasa, lays Shigatse (Rikaze), Tibet’s second-largest township and the traditional capital of Tsang region. Shigatse is an extensive place, with grimy, rough streets buzzing with traffic. As you drive in across the plains, the site of the Potala-lookalike Shigatse Dzong, high on a crest overlooking the township, will possibly inferno up your imagination, but the fortress is vacant and most of what you see dates from a 2007 renovation. The town, previously known as Samdruptse, has long been an imperative trading and governmental centre. The Tsang kings showcased their power from the dzong and the fortress anon became the abode of the governor of Tsang.