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Top Choice Tibetan in Kāngdìng

Taste of Tibet

This upscale joint offers a refined take on Tibetan fare in a rustic dining room decorated with a fine collection of traditional nomad tools and tapestries. The chef sources ingredients from the Kham – from Xīndūqiá…
Cafe in Kāngdìng

Himalayan Coffee & Trading Co.

The only spot for actual pour-over coffee (¥25) in all of the Kham, this cafe (food from ¥18) near the big yak sculpture is a veritable oasis for the caffeine-deprived. Wraps, pizzas, house-baked pastries, waffles a…
Mountain in Kāngdìng

Guōdá Shān

Guōdá Shān looms large at the northern 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.
Museum in Kāngdìng

Gānzī Prefecture Tibetan Cultural Heritage Museum

By the Pǎomǎ Shān cable-car entrance, this bēng-kē-style (崩柯) structure (three-storey structures with split-log and packed-earth walls) houses exhibits surveying the Kham's rich heritage from the garb of regional tr…
Tibetan in Kāngdìng

Mǎlāyà Tibetan Restaurant

A friendly restaurant-cum-teahouse serving authentic Tibetan dishes in a stylish dining room with views out over the city. If you need inspiration from the menu, try the yak-meat burger (meat stew topped with flatbr…
Religious in Kāngdìng

Circling the Mountain Festival

Kāngdìng’s biggest annual festival takes place on Pǎomǎ Shān on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month (normally in May) to commemorate the birthday of the Historical Buddha, Sakyamuni. White and blue Tibetan tent…
Buddhist Temple in Kāngdìng

Nánwú Sì

This temple belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is the most active monastery in the area. Walk south along the main road, cross the river and keep going for about 200m until you see a sm…
Mountain in Kāngdìng

Gònggā Shān

The trailhead for the five-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. We recom…
Buddhist Temple in Kāngdìng

Guānyīn Sì

Looming over Kāngdìng on the lower slopes of Pǎomǎ Shān, above the three main halls of the temple is a path that leads on to several pagodas and another remote prayer hall. Continue following the same path to reach …
Buddhist Temple in Kāngdìng

Jīngāng Sì

About 100m past Nánwú Sì along the main road is this 400-year-old Nyingma (Red Hat sect) monastery. The temple was undergoing major renovations at the time of research, but the main hall and some others were still a…