Derong County, also called as “The Sun Valley in Western China”, belongs to Garze Prefecture of Sichuan Province, located on the east bank of the Jinsha River, which is a combination of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet. It has a population of 23,000 and an area of 2,868 square kilometers. It has jurisdiction over 1 town and 11 townships. The county seat is located in Songmai Town and the southeast of Derong is connected with Shangri La City (Zhongdian) of Yunnan province, its southwest is connected with Deqin County of Yunnan Province, its north neighbor Batang County and Xiangcheng County. Derong County is an important passage for entering Yunnan and Tibet from Sichuan Province. It is thought to be the “South Gate” of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
The source of Derong Tibetan descent was formed by the Tubo people from Ali, Gyantse, and Gongbujiangda in Tibet Autonomous Region when King Songtsen Gampo united the Tibet in the 7th century AD, and the Naxi people who followed the king of Yunnan Naxi formed the military expansion to the southern Kham during the period from 1451-1509 AD,. Derong belongs to the Kham Tibetan area and Tibetan Buddhism is locals’ belief
Derong County has a wide terrain, high in the north and low in the south, and the northern mountain ridge line is usually about 5,000 meters. Ga-jin Snow Mountain is 4,920 meters above sea level, Dong-wang-ya Mountain is 4,769 meters above sea level, Ge-ri-ding Mountain is 4,949 meters above sea level, and Gui-weng-ying Mountain is 4,944 meters above sea level. In Derong County, Most of the tributaries of Jinsha River originate from the northern high mountains. However, the high mountain is located at the southeastern edge of the county, with an elevation of 4,900-5,599 meters. The Hou-Mountain, which is located at Xiayong village of Gu-xue county, is about 5,599 meters above sea level, it is the highest point of Derong, but within less than 30 kilometers the point that Jinsha River exits the county is only with altitude of 1,990 meters, the relative elevation is as high as 3,609 meters.
The major tourist attractions in Derong County include the Ri-zhu grand ranch, the Momu Grand Canyon, the Maowu Grand Canyon, the Xiayong Scenic Area, the first bend of the Jinsha River, and the Wengjia Holy Land.
The Ri-zhu grand ranch | 日主共大牧场
The Ri-zhu grand ranch is located in the eastern part of Momugou, Derong County. It is the source region of the Labo River and is connected with the alpine meadows of Xiangcheng County, forming a large-scale high mountain pasture. This is a “birthplace” of many rivers, the terrain is undulating, bushes and bushes grow thick, and numerous rivers and streams linger. It is one of the largest pastures in the Sun Valley and is well-known for its richness in Cordyceps.
The Momu Grand Canyon | 莫木大峡谷
The Momu Grand Canyon is located in the east-central district of Derong County. It runs from the junction of the Ma Yi River and the Labo River in Bendu Township, and runs up the Rapo River to the narrow strip of the junction of the Ba-ri Township. There are the upper, middle and lower parts of the village along the way to the gorge. From Momu Village to the east, it is the most magnificent gorge landscape in Derong County, which is more than 30 kilometers long – Mo Mugou. There are Momu Tibetan Village, Antarctic Leaping Gorge, One-line Heaven, Tibetan Bakati Grassland, Bushongtun Grassland, Seojiucuo lake, Zechaocuo lake, and Muyong Zha Holy mountain.
Wengjia Holy Land | 翁甲圣地
Wengjia Holy Land is located 15 kilometers northeast of the county seat of Derong County. There are several tightly-connected peaks within a radius of more than 30 square kilometers. The local collectively known as the Wengjia Holy Land. According to legend, there are 108 gold keys that open the gates to the holy sites in Tibetan areas. People only come here to get the golden keys, and then go to other Buddhist holy sites to pray for pilgrimage.
Other Tourists info
- Traditional Tibetan Festival — the “Podoo Festival” is held in December, the most sacred celebration is in the year of Pig
- Derong County’s main specialty products are shaddock, matsutake, Chinese caterpillar fungus, honey, walnuts, Buckwheat, and wine.
- The best tourist season: March-May and September-October
Add: No.13, He Xi Upper Street
Phone: +86 836 592-2777
Add: No.1, He Xi Lower Street
Phone: +86 836 592-4766
Add: No.13, He Xi Upper Street
Phone: +86 836 698-6666
Add: No.4, He Xi Lower Street
Phone: +86 836 592-5666
Add: Tourist Bus-station, Qing-Wu Road
Phone: +86 836 592-4000
Add: County center, Qing-Wu Road
Phone: +86 836 592-1399
Add: No.12, Zha Lang Street
Phone: +86 836 592-2499
Add: Waka village, Waka Town
Phone: +86 836 592-4799
How to get there
Derong county is a small county isolated in the mountains, the only way to reach this remote small county is by overland. However there are two airports being able to shorten the long overland journey tremendously.
Di Qing Airport
Address: No. 1, Shen-Ying Road, Shangri La city
IATA Code: DIG
Altitude: 3,280 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 887 822 9916
Daocheng Yading Airport
Address: Sang Dui county of Daocheng
IATA code: DCY
Altitude: 4,411 meters above sea level
Contact: +86 836 572 3333