Attractions

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, …
Buddhist Temple in Lǐtáng

Former Residence of the 7th Dalai Lama

Kelzang Gyatso (1708–57), the seventh Dalai Lama, was born in the basement of this house during a period of intense political struggle. He eventually grew into a visionary leader, and under his rule Tibet establishe…
Buddhist Monastery in Lǐtáng

Chöde Gompa

At the northern end of town, the large Chöde Gompa is a Tibetan monastery that was built for the third Dalai Lama. Inside is a statue of Sakyamuni, believed to have been carried from Lhasa by foot. Don’t miss climbi…
Buddhist Monastery in Xiāngchéng

Bsampeling Monastery

Originally established in 1669, this collection of golden-roofed monastery buildings at the top end of town commands fine views of the surrounding hills. Be sure to take the stairs up to the 2nd and 3rd floors of th…
Park in Lǐtáng

White Temple Park

Circle the White Temple (白塔; Báitǎ) with worshippers as they recite mantras and spin the massive prayer wheels, or join the locals just hanging out in the surrounding park. Turn left out of the bus station and just …
Buddhist Stupa in Dàochéng

Namgyal Talinn

Join locals in the kora walk circling this stupa dedicated to the Shakyamuni Buddha, or climb up to the covered pavilions on the hilltop just above for views of Dàochéng city and the surrounding foothills. The stupa…
Lake in Xiāngchéng

Seven Lakes

According to locals, this string of seven small iridescent lakes strung along a mountain valley makes an excellent full-day trip from Xiāngchéng. It's around 25km on the road towards Dàochéng to the signposted turn-…