Gate in Songpan

West Gate

Atop a massive hill to the west of Songpan, the reconstructed West Gate is also the site of the only remaining section of original city wall. It's a steep climb up from the old town via either Guanyin Temple or...

Buddhist Monastery in Songpan

Shangniba Monastery

A two-hour hike or horse ride east over the hills from Songpan, this small Tibetan Buddhist monastery sits in a picturesque valley among small minority villages. One-day horse trips often head out here for a...

Buddhist Temple in Songpan

Guanyin Temple

This small Buddhist temple above the southwest corner of the old town is near the start of a hillside trail that offers good views over Songpan and eventually winds uphill to the historic West Gate.

Gate in Songpan

North Gate

From just west of the North Gate, it's possible to ascend onto a small restored section of the city wall. There are good views from the top.