Top things to do in Southern Garzê Prefecture

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, …
Dumplings in Lǐtáng

Tīanjīn Gŏubùlĭ Soup Dumplings

Don't be fooled by the diminutive size of this shop run by a family from Yúnnán province, because the large soup dumplings (汤包子; tāngbāozi) pack in quite a lot of taste. Be sure to ask for a dish of the spicy sauce …
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…
Sichuan in Lǐtáng

Tiān Tiān Restaurant

Long-standing travellers’ haven run by the gregarious English-speaking chef, Mr Zheng, who can also offer expert travel advice. Food is high-quality Sìchuān fare, and the delicious potato pancakes (土豆饼; tǔdòu bǐng; …
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 …
Dumplings in Xiāngchéng

Hēilóngjiāng Dōngběi Jiǎozi

A couple from northeast China specialise in boiled dumplings (水饺; shuǐjiǎo) here. A half order (bān jīn, ¥16) is plenty for one, as is a killer bowl of bànmiàn (干拌面; mince-meat dry noodles; ¥10 to ¥12). It's up a sm…
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…
Cafe in Dàochéng

Bù'èr Cafe

This upstairs cafe in the midst of the guesthouses on Dexi Lu has the best coffee in town (¥28) and a relaxed atmosphere in which to spend time before or after trips to Yàdīng Nature Reserve. Along with the English …