Cafe in Songpan

Emma’s Kitchen

Songpan’s main traveller hang-out is this laid-back cafe with wi-fi and fresh coffee, pizza and other western fare, along with a range of Chinese and Tibetan dishes. It's a good place to meet other travellers....

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...

Tea Garden in Songpan

Yùyuàn Nóngjiālè

Set in an open-air garden with an eclectic array of furnishing, this family-run teahouse (tea from ¥3, dishes from ¥8) has a number of shady nooks that make for a great place to unwind after a long day hiking 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...

Cafe in Songpan

Zuwu Heritage House

Centred on a large tree-shaded courtyard, this combination teahouse/cafe/guesthouse is a chilled-out place to relax by day or a classy spot for a drink by night, with drinks for all hours starting from around ¥20.

Sichuan in Songpan

Rǔ Zǎi Niú Diǎn

A soothing meal after a long trek into the grasslands: start with a pot of the house specialty, a unique, non-spicy tomato-based soup, and then add your choice of fixings: thinly sliced beef (鲜牛肉; xiān niúròu),...

Teahouse in Songpan

Lǎo Wū Cháyuán

Through an unassuming archway near the east end of Yìng Yuè Qiáo is this buzzing courtyard teahouse, a local favourite. The house special, spicy liángfěn (凉粉; ¥10), made of mung bean and potato starch, won a...

Teahouse in Songpan

Mingjiangyuan Teahouse

Though the poorly lit entryway down a stairway off Xiashuiguan Jie may be initially off-putting, the riverfront terrace and tea (from ¥2) is a nice surprise on the other end. The inside gets quite smoky, so visit...

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.

Market in Songpan

Jinmingzhu Supermarket

At the foot of the square just inside the old town's North Gate, this supermarket is the best place in town to stock up on food for trips into the countryside.