Kangding | 康定
Kangding is the largest city of West province, traditionally it was called Kham. It is also known as “Dartsedo” or “Dardo” in Tibetan. It was built along a narrow valley with altitude of 2650 meters. The population of this city is about 100,000 and growing more and rapidly due to quickly developing tourism that brings m ore people and capital into this city.
It is the capital of Kanze (Garze) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is well-known across China because of a Love-Song, which is a huge hit about this town and the Paoma mountain. A monument is to be built with with the lyrics of this “Love Song” carved in Tibetan, Chinese and English in the center Square of this city. This city is the gateway to the east Tibetan Plateau of Kham, it connects to many amazing places, such as Lhagang, Bamei, Kanze (Garze) county. That makes it an almost “Must” arrival site, expecially when Kangding airport is open.
There are three major monasteries including Nanwu Si Monastery, Anjue Monastery and Jinggang Monastery, of which have become the main attraction to the tourists. Mt. Dzeto (4,323 meters) geographically separates Tibetan plateau and mainland of China. It is also an important post of the old Tea-Hosre Trading Route, which begins from Yaan – a great Tea-plantation site.
Mt Gongga is about 7556 meter above sea level, and it is overlook the valley that this city is located. The Mt Gongga trek begins from a village some 12 kilometers northwest from this town, takes about 6-7 days to end at Liuba village which is a great site for view the Mt gongga peak view from distance.