Village sights in Sìchuān
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There are a number of pretty Tibetan villages in the hills round here but Dānbā's pride and joy is Jiǎjū, 7km northwest of town and perched on top of a multiswitchback track that winds its way up a steep river gorge. Being named 'Best Village in China' by Chinese National Geographic in 2005 was probably going a bit far, but with its fruit trees, its charming Tibetan stone houses and its remote location, Jiǎjū is certainly worth the trip.
One of a number of stone houses that has been converted into a homestay is the excellent Liǎngkē Shù, with simple dormitories decorated with traditional Tibetan furniture, a pleasant central courtyard and stunning views. The owner…