Travel Destinations: Kangding, Sichuan Province, China

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 29th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article explores Kangding in Sichuan as a great place to visit.

Travel Destinations: Kangding, Sichuan Province, China

Travel Destinations: Kangding, Sichuan Province, China

Kangdong in Sichuan Province is also known as Dardo. It was a one-horse town but within the last 20 years, it has become a bustling town catering to tourists. A population of 82,000 people, it lies in a steep river valley 2616m above sea level where the Zheduo and Yala Rivers meet.

Kangding is a famous town with a long history. An important trading town between the Chinese and the Tibetan people, the trade of wool, tea and herbs has knitted a close relationship between the two cultures. Not only this, the town served as a important gateway to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and the spiritual centre for Tibetan Buddhists.
Kangding was once the capital of the Tibetan kingdom of Chakla (also known as Chala) and for a brief time between 1939 and 1951, the capital of the province of Xijkang when it was controlled by the drug dealing warlord, Liu Wenhui.

As Kangding has such a long and important history, there are numerous cultural and interesting attractions for you to visit, including several lamaseries. You will find Anjue Temple (Anjue Si) located just behind Black Tent Guesthouse. It was built in 1652 under the guidance of the fifth Dalai Lama; today, it is a quiet temple that houses several monks.

Nanwu Temple (Nanwu Si) is another temple to visit. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is the most active lamasery in the region. There are around 80 lamas who live here. Located in the south of town, it rewards its visitors with some incredible views of the area and the valley beyond.

Paoma Shan also offers great views of Kangding and the surrounding valleys and misty mountains. If you climb up on a good clear day, then you may be able to see Gongga Shan. Climbing up here will take you pass some beautiful Buddhist temples, scores of prayer flags and eventually to a white stupa (a monument symbolically holding the Buddha’s ashes).

In the south of Kangding, you can visit the beautiful Jingang Temple (Jingang Si) which is over 400 years old.

The Erdao Bridge Hot Springs are located 5km north of town and a wonderful place. This is the chance for you to soak away your aches and strains in a slightly smelly, warm and sulphurous bath, but take your own towel. Afterwards, take a stroll at the market to pick up souvenirs.

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