Kangding County (康定县) could be one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see in your life. Although it doesn’t have the pomp and pageantry offered by the glitzy cities of Beijing and Shanghai, it offers the more laid-back “bring yourself close to nature” way of living. It is also primarily uplifted by the many tourist attractions that are within the area.
The Gongga Mountain is located in Moxi Town. Passing by, you can catch a glimpse of the towering Wuse Mountain, which stands over 6,000 meters. You can begin the trip at the base camp, where you can prepare your gear and self for quite a long and challenging walk. There are different trails you can follow, though, so you can choose the one that makes you feel comfortable. Nevertheless, going to the top can be fueled by the fact the mountain is one of the highest around Tibet and China. Along the way, you can see interesting and unique vegetation and streambeds that feed clean water.
From the ancient city, you can proceed to Xinduqiao Town for some sense of modern civilization. There are more establishments here, where you can hang out with newfound friends, without having to be too far from the captivating views of Kangding such as the snow-capped mountains and the vast green lands. It’s also an area where you can find different types of accommodation. When you wake up, the town gives you a breathtaking visa of the Gongga Mountains.
Kangding is also populated by many temples, and a well-known choice is Tagong Temple, which has been improved, now with red walls. The highlight, however, shall be seeing the activities performed by the monks like walking around the temple while chanting. You can also see the fast movements of Tibetan prayer wheels.
If you want a more convenient choice for climbing mountains, you can go to Paoma where you can ride a cable car. If you want to save money, go by foot. Near the Paoma Mountain, mean while, is the ancient city of Kangding. Compared to other very old cities and villages in the country, this one still remains inhabited. A startling attraction shall be the flowing river right in the middle of the city. You can also dine in the many food shops that serve a true-blue Tibetan food and drink such as the yak yogurt. You can also try the yak tea with yak butter.
Address: Kangding County, Ganzi
Admission Fee: RMB 30 (Paoma Mountain cable car)
How to Get There: Take buses from Luding, Chengdu, Litang, and Tagong.