Mountain in Kangding

Paoma Shan

Paoma Shān is the famed mountain of the Kāngdìng Qíng Gē ('Kangding Love Song'), one of China's most enduring folk songs, and will appeal the most to those who are familiar with the ditty. It's an easy ascent on...

Mountain in Kangding

Jiǔlián Shān

The best way of acclimatising and getting fit for adventures further west is to climb the beautiful Mt Jiulian. The trail rises steeply through forest but the top is a rolling grassland plateau of between 3500...

Cafe in Kangding

Himalayan Coffee & Trading Co.

The best coffee in town is served at this bright, cool and busy place near the big yak sculpture. Wraps, pizzas, house-baked pastries, waffles and wi-fi satisfy other common traveller cravings – though at...

Religious in Kangding

Circling the Mountain Festival

Kangding’s biggest annual festival takes place on Paoma Shan 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...

Buddhist Temple in Kangding

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...

Noodles in Kangding

Mágē Miàn

A local classic, this hole-in-the-wall place right in the town centre draws crowds of locals for its house special: ma’gē miàn (麻哥面) – noodles topped with a spicy mince-meat sauce in small (一两, yīliǎng; ¥11) or...

Buddhist Temple in Kangding

Guānyīn Sì

Looming over Kangding on the lower slopes of Paoma Shan, 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...

Market in Kangding

Dehui Supermarket

A comprehensive supermarket with a wide selection, and a decent range of ingredients for hiking trips as well. A separate camping/outdoors store just past the cashiers also sells 230g canisters of camping fuel...

Buddhist Temple in Kangding

Jingang Si

A short way south of town, along the main road, is this 400-year-old Nyingma (Red Hat sect) monastery. To get there, turn right from the main road into an archway labelled '金刚村'.

Tibetan in Kangding

Malaya Tibetan Restaurant

A friendly restaurant-cum-teahouse serving upmarket Tibetan dishes in a dining room decorated with mani stones (stones inscribed with mantras) and with views out over the city. If you need inspiration from the...

Buddhist Temple in Kangding

Ānjué Sì

This central temple's two small halls built around a colourful central courtyard have roots dating back to 1652, but it's been much rebuilt in the centuries since. It was said to have been established by the...

Mountain in Kangding

Guoda Shan

Guoda Shan looms large at the northern end of town and takes a full day to climb up and down. The summit is around 1500m higher than an already quite high Kangding and you shouldn't attempt to climb it if you've...

Buddhist Temple in Kangding

Pǎomǎ Sì

This small monastery is halfway up Pǎomǎ Shān. An admission ticket to the Pǎomǎ Shān scenic area is required to visit.