Kangding to Tagong Xinduqiao self-driving guide

Kangding, a world-renowned historical and cultural city; an equestrian mountain, famous throughout the world; a song "Kangding Love Song" is a timeless masterpiece, intoxicating people around the world.


Kangding, a historical and cultural city renowned worldwide; a famous horse racing mountain that is known across the five continents; a song called "Kangding Love Song" that is a masterpiece throughout the ages, captivating people all over the world. Kangding City is located in the eastern part of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, and it is the capital of Garze Prefecture. Kangding has a long and splendid history and culture, and it is an important town on the Sichuan-Tibet Tea-Horse Ancient Road and a hub where Tibetan and Han cultures converge. It has always been the political, economic, cultural, commercial, and informational center as well as the transportation hub of the Kangba Tibetan region. The city covers an area of 11,600 square kilometers and is home to various ethnic groups such as Tibetans, Han, Hui, Yi, and Qiang.

Dujuan Gorge

Dujian Gorge is a scenic area of Hengxi Mugexi. It is connected to Qisehai in the east and Yerenhai in the west, with a length of 6 kilometers. In the gorge, streams flow rapidly or slowly, with splashing water droplets. The lush forests on both sides of the creek, especially the primitive rhododendron forest, are particularly eye-catching. It is open from mid-April to July, with a blooming period of four months. (The opening status may vary, please check local information before departure.)

Honghaizi Valley

Kangding Honghai Lake, few people know, is located behind Kangding Airport on the Zhe Duo Mountain, on the loop from Mugecuo to Tagong. Most people just pass by it and head straight to Tagong Grassland.

Jiangba Grassland

The Jiangba Grassland is located on the Kangding tourism route, about an hour's drive from the Kangba County town. It is part of the Tagong Grassland and is a famous attraction on the tourist route. The grassland is home to numerous yaks, and in spring, it is a vast expanse of green.

Ta Gong grassland

Tagong Grassland Scenic Area is located in Kangding County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, 113 kilometers northwest of Kangding City, at an altitude of 3730 meters in the plateau zone. "Tagong" is a Tibetan word meaning "a place loved by Bodhisattva." Conveniently accessible via the Sichuan-Tibet Highway, it is the most famous grassland in Garze Prefecture. Starting from Kangding, following the Sichuan-Tibet Highway westward, crossing the Zheduo Mountain, and heading north after the Xinduqiao, you will reach Tagong Temple. The scenic area consists of rivers, grasslands, forests, mountains, temples, Tibetan-style buildings, and rich Tibetan village customs along the route.
Tagong Monastery is a famous Sakya sect (flower sect) temple in Ganzi Prefecture. It has a history of more than a thousand years and is an important place of worship for Tibetan people in the Kham region. In Ganzi Prefecture, Tagong Monastery, along with Yaqing Monastery and Larung Gar (Seda Buddhist Academy), are famous large temples.
Xinduqiao Town is located at the intersection of the north and south forks of National Highway 318 Sichuan-Tibet Line. The scenic beauty, magical light, boundless grassland, winding streams, golden poplars, rolling mountains, and scattered Tibetan villages, as well as scattered cattle and sheep, attract tourists and photographers from all over the world. It is known as the "world of light and shadow" and the "paradise for photographers".
Zheduo Mountain is located within the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. It is part of the Daxue Mountain range and serves as an important geographical boundary. To the west is the elevated plateau region, with the Yalong River, while to the right is the high mountain canyon region, with the Dadu River. The highest peak of Zheduo Mountain is 4,962 meters above sea level, with the mountain pass at an altitude of 4,298 meters. There is a 1,800-meter elevation difference between Zheduo Mountain and Kangding City, making it the first high mountain pass to cross along the Sichuan-Tibet Highway. Zheduo Mountain is not only the watershed of the Dadu River and Yalong River basins, but also the cultural boundary between Han and Tibetan cultures. Once you cross Zheduo Mountain, you officially enter the Kangba Tibetan area.