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Daocheng Travel Guide

Daocheng's Location in China MapDaocheng's location

Daocheng County is located south of Garze Tibetan Region, at the southwestern border of Sichuan Province. It is an exciting location with Yading Nature Reserve having attractive sights in the Tibetan foothills.

Daocheng has long enjoyed great fame for Chinese travelers due to its breathtaking natural scenery. The area is full of alpine views of the beautiful rivers and lakes, broad pastures, and snow-capped mountains.

  • Chinese Name: 稻城 Dàochéng
  • English IPA: / 'daʊ 'tʃʌŋ:/
  • Population: 0.3 million
  • Language: Mandarin Sichuan Dialect Tibetan
  • Tel Code: 0836
  • Zip Code: 626000
  • Time Zone: (UTC+8)

The Features of Daocheng

The beautiful scenery of Daocheng National ParkThe beautiful scenery of Daocheng National Park

Yading has been considered the most sacred place in western Sichuan Province by the Tibetan pilgrims. The Mountains and lakes in the reserve are believed to be holy. The three sacred mountains are; Jambayang (or Yangmaiyong in Mandarin, 5958 meters high), Chanadorje (Xiaruoduoji, 5958 meters high), Chenrezig (Xianairi 6032 meters high).

It is said that those three mountains were blessed in the 8th century when Buddha Padmasambhava shed his divine light on the range, and named the three elevations as Jambayang (Yangmaiyong) which looks like a seated young lady, Chanadorje (Xiaruoduoji) resembles a young boy, and Chenrezig (Xianairi) resembles a grand Buddha statue seated in the Lotus position. The Yading Scenic area has three holy lakes and mountains that you can find fascinating.

During autumn, the landscape transforms into a beautiful work of art where photographers can take pictures of the three bright blue lakes and colorful forests.

Daocheng is home to many China's endangered species: Long-tailed leaf monkeys, golden monkeys, white-lipped deer, red deer, water deer, and antelope enjoy their life freely in this vast land, untouched by humans.

Useful Tips During Your Trip

Western Sichuan Daocheng Yading TourA view of Daocheng

Before packing your luggage for an exciting trip to Daocheng, there are three essential things you should know.

Respect the Tibetan people - Some customs and traditions should be followed whenever you get to visit any Tibetan County. For instance, you should not take photos of sacred locations, and it is advisable to help beggars. See more on Travel Tips When planning a Tibet Tour.

Familiarize all the traveling information - Before starting your tour, you should know the transport schedule. Daocheng Long-distance buses and flights are not frequent. So, see the time, fare, and schedule information.

Pack what you need- Lots of water, camping gear, and a camera are three essential accessories that will make your trip to Daocheng memorable. You can also read more on Daocheng Travel Tips.

How to Get To and Travel Around Daocheng

Daocheng is 730 kilometers away from Chengdu, Sichuan province via route 318, and 420 kilometers away from Kangding, capital of Garze, Sichuan, China. Flights and long-distance bus travel are the only two available alternatives that can connect Daocheng to Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

By Road

The only two available road connection is Chengdu to Daocheng and Shangri-La to Yading.

The daily bus from Chengdu to Daocheng. It takes about 7 hours and 45 minutes (first day) and 13 hours and 40 minutes (second day) with a one-night stop in Kangding.

The Shangri-La to Yading buses. Bus code xgll-dc departs from Shangri-La at 0800 for Daocheng. An approximate distance of 360 km. The fare costs CN¥ 133.

By Air

As of now, Daocheng has flights from/to Chengdu. It takes approximately 1 hour from Chengdu to Daocheng Yading, 1 hour, and 10 minutes from Chongqing to Daocheng and 1 hour and 50 minutes from Xi’an to Daocheng.

Climate and Weather

Daocheng in SeptemberA view of Daocheng in September

Many visitors who tour Daocheng during summer find the scenic area brightly colored with flowers in full bloom and the three lakes feeling warm and attractive. The best time to visit Daocheng for autumn colors is between September and October. The Alpine climate in Daocheng has a long winter season between November and March when it is less pleasant to visit.

September and October experience the most sun and less rain. The temperatures range between 5 °C (41 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F), and It is the perfect time to take photos and experience the outdoors. See more on Daocheng Weather.

Recommended 6-Day Daocheng Photography Tour

Day 1: Drive from Chengdu to Xindu Bridge. You will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of green valleys, clear rivers, rolling mountains.

Day 2: Xindu Bridge to Daocheng. Visit Mount Haizi Scenic Area and Litang Grassland.

Day 3:Daocheng to Riwa to Yading. Visit Yading Nature Reserve.

Day 4: Yading to Daocheng. Visit Chonggu Temple and go horse riding on the grassland.

Day 5: Daocheng to Xindu Bridge. Visit Mount Haizi Scenic Area, Litang Temple.

Day 6: Xindu Bridge to Chengdu. Visit Luding Bridge, Daduhe Valley.

Travel Daocheng Your Way

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Daocheng is like a treasure waiting for you to discover. Consider our sample itineraries, knowing we can customize them for you.

If you are planning to explore China, we are more than happy to tailor-make your ideal tour. Tell us your interests and we will help you to put together a dream trip.

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