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Garze Prefecture

 

Located in western Sichuan Province, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is an important Tibetan area in China on the southeast edge of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It neighbors, Yunan Province in the south and Qinghai Province in the north, are separated from Tibet by the Jinsha River. Kangding County is the political, economic and cultural center of the prefecture.

Garze is also referred to as Kangba or Kangqu. Dege County in northwestern Garze, Lhasa City in Tibet and Xiahe County in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gansu Province are the three ancient cultural centers of the Tibetan ethnic minority. Kangding, the seat of the prefecture government, has been an important trading market since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). After the liberation of the region, the Xikang Province Tibetan Autonomous Region was established here in 1950, and changed to Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture under Sichuan Province five years later. 

Situated in the transition area from Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau to Sichuan Basin, Garze is comprised of plateau, and highland and alpine valley. Its terrain slopes generally from the northwest to the southeast, with an average altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483 feet). The main branches in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Jinsha River, Yapan River and Dadu River, flow through the prefecture.

Spring (April to May) is the best season for appreciating flowers scattered all around the mountains in the fresh air, while for photographers, autumn is the best time to grasp the colorful scenery of Garze. If visitors expect to see the snow-capped plateau, they should make a trip during November and December. It is suggested to not travel in Garze in January and February for snow may block the way to mountains.

Garze Prefecture Tourist Attractions

    Kangding

    It is not only the administrative center of the Garze, but also the hometown ...
    Daocheng

    Though popularly known as stopover on route to Yading, Daocheng itself is sti...
    Litang

    Litang is famed as the birthplace of the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas. The area a...
    Litang Chode Gompa

    Litang Chode Gompa (Litang Changqing Chunke Ersi): a Tibetan lamasery, built ...
    Ganzi Temple

    Situated north of the town's Tibetan quarter you will find Ganzi Temple, a 54...
    Dege

    Resting in a valley with Chola Mountain to the east and the Tibetan border to...
    Mugecuo Scenic Area

    Mugecuo Scenic Area is located in Yala Village of Kangding County. It is 26 k...
    Mt. Haizi

    Haizi Mountain, located in the sixty kilometers north of the town. Haizi Moun...
 

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