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Cafe in Sōngpān

Emma’s Kitchen

Sōngpān’s main traveller hang-out is this laid-back cafe with wi-fi and fresh coffee (from ¥28), pizza and other Western fare, along with a range of Chinese dishes. Emma is exceedingly knowledgable and can sort out …
Chinese in Sōngpān

Song in the Mountain

Run by the helpful Sarah Yang, this small restaurant serves a variety of simple but tasty Western and Chinese dishes at reasonable prices. Dozens of hand-written endorsements line the walls, testifying to its ongoin…
Gate in Sōngpān

North Gate

From just west of the North Gate, it's possible to ascend onto a small restored section of the city wall for ¥150.
Gate in Sōngpān

West Gate

Atop a massive hill to the west of Sōngpān, 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 the Guānyīn Temple or …
Teahouse in Sōngpān

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; ¥8), made of mung bean and potato starch, won the prize …
Sichuan in Sōngpān

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), chic…
Market in Sōngpān

Jīnmíngzhū 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.
Teahouse in Sōngpān

Míngjiāngyuàn 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 on…
Tea Garden in Sōngpān

Yùyuàn Nóngjiālè

Set in an open-air garden with an eclectic array of furnishing, this family-run teahouse (tea from ¥2, dishes from ¥5) has a number of shady nooks that make for a great place to unwind after a long day hiking or hor…
Cafe in Sōngpān

Zūwū 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.