Kangding Travel Guide and Tour Packages
Kangding is the frontier town between traditional China and Tibet. It is located 300km west to capital city Chengdu of Sichuan Province. Kangding is the capital city of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture. Kangding is one of the biggest cities in traditional Tibetan area. Historically it was an important business centre between China and Tibet on the Tea-horse-road. Datseto is the former name of Kangding. Kangding is the center of Kham Tibet, a religious, economy center of this part of Sichuan.
Center of Kham Tibet
Popular traveler interests in and near Kangding include Gonggashan, Mugetso, Tagong Grassland, Mount Yala, Hailuogou Glacier Park, Yanzigou Valley, etc.
Mugetso is a nature park near Kangding. It is 20km north to the town of Kangding. It is a paradise composed of alpine lakes, forests, snow-capped mountains and river gorge. Mugetso is a very nice place to visit while traveling in Kangding. A Visit to Mugetso takes about half day. Tourist buses are available in the park although you can do some hikings there too.
Mount Gongga is a 7556-meter mountain and the eastern most 7-thousander on earth. It is sometimes called Minya Konka, the same as the name of the range itself. Minya is the name of how the local Tibetan people call themselves: Minya Tibetans. Konka means big white mountain. Mount Gongga is also a holy mountain in local Buddhist culture. Mount Gongga can be seen from Hailuogou Glacier Park at Camp 4 from its east, Zimei Pass and Yaha Pass from its west, Kangding Airport from its north.
Mount Yala and Tagong Grassland
If you look to do some hiking in Kangding, then this is the one. From Kangding to Mount Yala and the into Tagong, primitive, not spoiled and most importantly, it is beautiful. The hiking is in the valleys of primitive landscape and beautiful lakes and mountains. It ends in Tagong, a Buddhist town of Kham with stunning Buddhist constructions and interesting local Tibetan people. This is truly an adventure into the wild Sichuan.
Recommended length of visiting: half day to 2-3 weeks;
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Kangding is the No. one Tibetan town of Kham Tibet / eastern Tibet. It is now a half Tibetan and half Chinese. Kangding in China is more famed by the song “the Love Song of Kangding”, however it is the most important stopover place for travelers who go further west.
Gonggashan is a group of big mountains south to Kangding town. It is one of the most popular hiking places in China. It provides excellent views and experiences with its big glaciers, snow-capped mountains, alpine valleys and local Tibetan nomads people.
Mugetso is a park near Kangding. It is 20km north to the town of Kangding. It is a paradise composed of alpine lakes, forests, snow-capped mountains and river gorge. Mugetso is a very nice place to visit while traveling in Kangding. Do not miss it!
Kangding Hiking - Mount Yala and Tagong Grassland
Mount Yala is a 5820-meter mountain in north Kangding north to Mugestso. It is a holy mountain for local people for its resemblance of a lotus flower, which is a holy flower in Tibetan belief. Tagong Grassland is a rolling land of prairies roamed by Tibetan nomads people. Tagong has many Buddhist schools and it is a religious center of Kham people.
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Useful Kangding Travel Tips
Gathered below is the most useful travel guide to Kangding. Important travel information of Kangding includes travel season and climate, detailed and useful Kangding travelers’ maps, tips for traveling in Kangding, accommodation and food issues about traveling to Kangding.
The best time to visit Kangding is from May to October. . The climate of Kangding can be summarized as a late spring, a short summer, a short autumn and a cold winter. Spring is from May to June when normally the snow will melt up on the mountain tops. more>>
If you are planning any visit to Kangding and not sure of how long to stay or where to visit in Kangding, then you should have a look of this. Gathered here are the detailed planning ideas of traveling in Kangding for different durations and styles.more>>
Useful Travel Maps
Find useful travel maps of Kangding including transport map, location map, tourist map of Mugetso, Hailuogou and Yanzigou. You can also find useful map of Mount Yala and Tagong, hiking map of Gonggashan, etc. more>>
Accommodation and Food
There are good hotels in Kangding you can find including some 3 star modern hotels as well as some basic hostels. While traveling to further and more remote places near Kangding, you can find local Tibetan Guesthouses. Food is plenty in Knagding including Sichuan Food and local Tibetan Style food. more>>