Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Jiǔzhàigōu National Park

Jiǔzhàigōu National Park

Jiǔzhàigōu is, for many, a highlight of China. It's still possible to get a glimpse of pristine nature for a moment or two at a time in this increasingly popular park, and even ballooning visitor numbers don't detra…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Southern Garzê Prefecture

Yàdīng Nature Reserve

The magnificent Yàdīng Nature Reserve, 140km south of Dàochéng, centres around three sacred snowcapped mountains, a holy trinity encircled by forested valleys, crystal-clear rivers and glacier-fed lakes. These are, …
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Dégé

Bakong Scripture Printing Press & Monastery

This fascinating 1792 monastery houses one of western Sìchuān’s star attractions: an ongoing printing operation that still uses traditional woodblock printing methods and maintains more than 320,000 scripture plates…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Yàqīng

Yarchen Gar Buddhist Institute

On a quiet bend of the Dzin-Chu River in the remote grasslands of Garzi Prefecture, this 10,000-strong Nyingma (Red Hat) community of nuns and monks living in improvised housing under the shadows of magnificent gold…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Chéngdū

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

One of Chéngdū’s most popular attractions, this reserve 18km north of the city centre is the easiest way to glimpse Sìchuān’s most famous residents outside of a zoo. The enclosures here are large and well maintained…
Top Choice National Park in Four Sisters Mountain

Hǎizi Valley

Considered by many the most beautiful of the three valleys in the Four Sisters Mountain area, Hǎizi Valley's eponymous lakes and majestic views of the Four Sisters peaks make it hard to disagree. It's a steep walk f…
Top Choice Village in Dānbā

Zhōnglù

Comparatively remote Zhōnglù, 13km from Dānbā, is a popular village for homestays and a good base for wandering through the countryside. Look for the old stone steps that climb above the village for fantastic views …
Buddhist Monastery in Sèdá

Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy

Of all the Buddhist sights in western Sìchuān, there is none as striking as Larung Gar. The future of Tibetan Buddhism is contained here in this school, the largest of its kind in the world, cradled in a valley some…
Lake in Mǎnígāngē

Yilhun Lha-tso

It is said King Gesar's beloved concubine Zhumu was so taken by these stunning turquoise-blue waters that her heart fell in. This now-holy glacial lake, 8km southwest of Mǎnígāngē, is still awe inspiring. Follow a s…
Buddhist Monastery in Báiyù

Pelyul Gompa

A remote settlement in the mountains of the former Tibetan province of Kham, here you can get a semblance of the spectacle of monastic life through a visit to Báiyù Sì (Baiyul; 3150m), a small monastery village of s…