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[Travel along Ancient Tea Horse Road] Litang
2006-03-17 09:41:07      Wiki Travel

Breathtaking scenery of Litang
Photo: Xinhua Net

, is in Sichuan Province in south-west China and has a population of about 50,000. It is also part of the ancient Tibetan province of Kham. The town is a major center of Tibetan culture in Kham and at an elevation of 4100 meters, one of the highest in the world. Litang is a bustling little town with colorful street life thanks to the nomadic shepherds and Tibetan people coming to sell and buy their products. The older parts are situated on the hill slopes to the east, while busy construction works are extending the place into the surrounding grassy plains.

Get in

By bus

The Bus Station is at the southern end of town.

To Departure Price (Yuan) Duration (h) Last update
Batang ??:?? ?? ?? 17 June 2005
Kangding 06:00 79.00 5 17 June 2005
Xiangcheng ??:?? 61.00 7 17 June 2005
Currently there seems to be no public transport to Xinlong.

Get around

You can easily visit the town on foot.

Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery

Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery

The monastery is just on the northern edge of town and belongs to the yellow-hat-sect of Tibetan Buddhists. As usual, you are not allowed to take photographs of holy relics inside. The friendly monks will guide you through the main buildings, including some breathtaking views from the temple roofs. The monastery was founded in 1580 by the third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso on the site of an older B?n-monastery. There are three main temples in the compound, of which one is currently under construction. The oldest seems to be the one on top of the hill, still featuring the wooden construction of the upper rim of the buildings. Inside, you can view several chambers and a bedroom in which the 7th Dalai Lama is said to have resided. Many more famous and influential personal figures were born here, including the 7th Dalai Lama, 10th Dalai Lama, the most influential Zebutsundaba Lama of Mogonia, the 7th Gyamuyang Lama, the 7th, 8th and 9th Pabalha living Buddha of Chamdo monastery and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Xianggen living buddha. (Information as of 17 June 2005)

Horse Racing Festival

 Horse Racing Festival

Every year on August 1, a 10 days horse racing festival takes place in Litang. Accommodation can get scarce during that time. The Tibetans will come from far away and set tents to wait for the big days very early. After the wonderful ceremony with traditional Tibetan dancing and songs, the most exciting event is the horse races. The brave riders will take their pretty decorated horses to participate the races and showcase their excellent horse riding skills, such as picking up the scarlet on the back of a fast running horse, shooting at targets while on the gallop, etc. The women are all in their most beautiful best with magnificent jewelry as they shower their applauses on their heroes. The festival is also a good time for trade.

Nearby Tourist Destinations
Daocheng     Danba     Kangding     Daofu

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