Kangding Travel Guide
Kangding at the east of Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Region in the west part of Sichuan is located at the juncture of the fertile Sichuan basin with the Yunnan-Guizhou and Tibet Plateaus. 17 Minority groups including Tibet, Hui,Qiang inhabit the region, with the Tibet the majority group. Kangding was a vibrant–tea-horse trade town and one of the three cultural centers in Tibet region, and historically the largest staging point on the Tea-horse Road.
Caravans from the west used to change their conveyance and exchange their horses to tea with the locals. Kangding was first approved as the business center between inland China and Tibet in 1696 by the Qing emperor Kangxi. Tea, silk since passed through Kangding to Tibet and even further afield to South Asia and Europe while products from outside flew in.
Today Kangding is a fairly large town filled with Tibetan atmosphere with groups of Khambas down from the surrounding hills to sell yak butters in the market and crimson-robed monks wandering the streets.
Kangding belongs to the temperate highland climate with greatly different temperature between daytime and night. The rainy season from July to September is not an ideal time to travel for natural disasters such as landslides happen occasionally which may distract travel plans.
In and around Kangding, there are several inspiring attractions to explore including the Paomashan Hill, Tagong Monastery.
Paomashan is believed the extension of the Minya Konka Mountain range（also known as Gongga shan）. A journey to the mountain top will pass piles of prayer flags raised at the Tibet New Year and left there throughout the year, several Tibet monasteries, ruin of an ancient glacier, romantically called as Five-colored Sea, an inspiring vision quite compensate for that long walk. The hill has been the site for the well-known Horse Racing Festival which takes place on the 13th of the fifth lunar month.
Tagong monastery in KangdingTagong Monastery at Tagong prefecture was recorded built under the persuasion of Wencheng Princess, the great Tang princess who was married to Tibet with the first Tibet King, Songtsen Gampo under political and cultural necessity. The monastery keeps a large amount of Buddhism treasure including Buddhist portraits, the largest bronze Guanyin scripture in Tibet.
In addition, Kangding provide accessibility to some supranational beautiful sights such as the Hailuogou National Park, Tagong Grassland.