Kangding is the Chinese name for this town. It is called Dartsedo, meaning the conjunction of Darchu River and Tsechu River that run through the town. It was traditionally an important town between China and Tibet on Tea-horse business road. It has witnessed the conflicts between Tibet and China through the history. Local residence is mainly Tibetans. There are some Buddhist temples in the town, including Nanwu Si Monastery, Anque Monastery and Jinggang Monastery.
Paomashan Park is a park located on a mountain side by the town of Kangding. Its cultural significance made it a popular place to visit. This park is used as the place for many religious activities and ceremonies every year by local Tibetan Buddhists. There is a cable car you can take to go to the park. Cable car costs 20 yuan per person single way. An entrance fee is also required.
It is located by the entrance of Paomashan Park. It is a small museum requires 60 yuan entrance fee. This museum is not a very big museum but it has three floors displaying Tibetan culture-related items including Tibetan Kham history, costumes, local festivals, Tibetan medicines, etc. It is a nice place to have look. You will need about 1.2 hours for this place.
Namo Monastery is located in the town of Kangding. It was formerly the Namu Monastery at Paomashan. It was built in Northern Song Dynasty. It is a Gelugpa Monastery and one of the attractions of Kangding.
Mount Yala is another sacred mountain in this area. It is 5880 meters’ high. It is located north to the town of Kangding. There are plenty of lakes and hot springs around Mount Yala, making it a wonderful place to visit. It is within 2 hour’s drive to the villages close to Mount Yala from the town..
Mount Gonggashan is 7556 meters high and it is the highest mountain in Sichuan Province. It is called “the King of Sichuan Mountains”. The Gonggashan Range is a giant massif lying south to the town of Kangding within 30 minutes’ drive. Mount Gonggashan is the cradle of hundreds of glaciers and dozens of snow-capped mountains.