It is sometimes spelled “Kanze” and “Ganzi”. It is about 151,078 square kilometers large. The population is approximately 880,000, among of whom, 78% of the total population are Tibetan. The capital city of Garze is Kangding (also Dartsedo).
The 18 counties of GTAP
It was traditionally main area of the historical region of Kham.
During the period of rule by the Republic of China (1912–49), Garze became nominally part of the province of Xikang (西康).
In 1930, the Tibetan army invaded Garze
In 1932, the Tibetan army withdrew after suffering defeats at the hands of the warlord of Qinghai, Ma Bufang. Chinese warlord Liu Wenhui reoccupied Garze, and signed an agreement with the Tibetans formalizing his control of the area east of the upper Yangtze, which corresponds roughly with eastern Kham.
In 1950, Xikang (西康) was merged with Sichuan Province in 1955, where Garze became an autonomous prefecture.
–Airports in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture–
IATA Code: KGT
Altitude: 4,238 meters
Daocheng Yading Airport Facts
IATA code: DCY
Altitude: 4,411 meters
IATA Code: GZG
Altitude: 4,067 meters