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There are four main monasteries in Kāngdìng...
Viewpoints & Observation Decks
You can head up Pǎomǎ Shān for excellent views of Kāngdìng and the surrounding mountains and valleys. The ascent takes you past oodles of prayer flags, several Buddhist temples and up to a white chörten ...
Museums & Galleries
By the Pǎomǎ Shān cable car entrance, behind the building with the big red 'om', this bēng kē -style (崩柯) structure (three-storey structures with split log and packed earth walls), houses exhibits surveying the Kham'...
Pǎomǎ Shān is the famed mountain of the Kāngdìng Qíng Gē' (Kangding Love Song), one of China's most enduring folk songs...
Nánwú Temple belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is the most active monastery in the area...
The trailhead for the nine-day pilgrims’ circuit of holy Gònggā Shān (7556m) is a half-hour drive from Kāngdìng. Many hostel staff can advise you on how to approach the trek, and rent out camping equipment...
About 100m past Nánwú Temple along the main road is this 400-year-old Nyingma (Red Hat sect) monastery. Turn right at the sign for Sally's Cafe Chiruman Youth Hostel.
Guōdá Shān looms large at the eastern end of town and takes a full day to climb up and down. From the peak (1500m) you can take in the breathtaking glaciers to the south.
Spas, Baths & Hot Springs
About 5km north of Kāngdìng, these springs are a pleasant 45-minute walk along the Yǎlā River, or take a cab (Y8).
This small monastery is halfway up Pǎomǎ Shān.
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