Litang county is 4050 meters above sea level, its altitude has made this remote Tibetan township a nickname of “Highland-city”. Situated on the road intersection that connects Yunnan province to the south, and the central Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region) to its west. Its geography location has made Litang an important traffic hub. Its colorful culture tradition has also made this small town well-known.
There are about 37 monasteries in this county, The annual 7 days long Litang Horse Racing festival is a great colourful celebrationg that attracts visitors from all parts of the eastern Tibet, even visitors, tourists from aboard.
Litang county can be easily access from Chengdu, which is well connected with Europe and North America, as well as the southeast Asia. So wherever you depart from Bangkok, or Paris, or LA, it is possible for you to reach this remote high land town within 40 hours. However, it strongly recommend you to spend 2 or 3 days more on the road before arriving at this town due to altitude acclimatizing.
From Air, the road is like a capital letter “Y”; The road from Chengdu via Kangding, Xinduqiao, Yajiang to reach this town, the land en route is picturesque. The road from Litang southern for about 128km to Daocheng, another national level Nature Reserve, also the major three Holy mountains are situated in this reserve; The major two towns of Zhong Dian also Gylantang (currently Shangri La City) & Deqin county of the eastern Edge of Kham are further south after Daocheng.
Litang County Main Attractions
Litang ChodeIt is also called “Ganden Tubchen Chokhorling”, a gelukpa tradition, was found in 1580 by Dalai Lama III, and rebuilt in the 90s of 20th century.
Zha Ga Holy mountain Some 30km south of Litang by the main road, it is a holy mountain that held the traditional praying ceremony during important event, such as, Saga festival, Litang horse-racing festival.
Litang hot-spring Some 20-25km west from Litang, near the main road;
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How to get to Litang County
There are two airports are close to Litang:
–Daocheng airport, which is about 110km south of Litang county, approxiamtely 2 hours drive
–Kangding airport, which is about 270km east from Litang county, approxiamtely 6 hours drive
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Altitude: 4,411 meters
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Altitude: 4,238 meters
Distance from Litang to
- To Kangding: 290 kilometers, about 6 hours’ drive
- To Bamei : 270 kilometers, about 5 hours’ drive
- To Xinlong: 150 kilometers, about 3.5 hours drive
- To Garze (Kanze) : 260 kilometers, about 5.5 hours’ drive
- To Daocheng: 160 kilometers, about 2.5 hours’ drive
- To Batang: 170 kilometers, about 3 hours’ drive