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Introducing Sōngpān

Horse trekking into the woods and mountains is the main attraction of this laid-back, historic town, a holdover from its role as a major trading centre on the Tea Horse Road (茶马路). The hiking is also good, so there's a healthy backpacker population to swap travel tales with.

In midwinter (December to March) Sōngpān slows down, and some businesses close; however, even in the cold, horse trekking is still possible.