This one-horse town actually has quite a few horses, as it draws loads of travellers coming for its horse treks and/or as a stopover point on the road to Jiǔzhàigōu. While the bustling downtown is filled with modern tourist shops selling Tibetan wares, old wooden buildings still line some of the side streets and residential areas. Tour groups eschew the place – their tour buses barrelling through on the way to Jiǔzhàigōu – so it is fairly relaxed.
On another note, be sure to bring a torch (flashlight) with you to Sōngpān, which is often plagued with faulty electricity. Infrastructure upgrades result in a lack of water from time to time as well.