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Tagong is a small town in the Tibetan prefecture of Ganzi. Its altitude is at 3700m and is located half way between Kangding and Litang. It is known for senic grasslands and local Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Get in[edit]

Many official buses and private vans/cars will leave from Kangding in the mornings. The price for shared vans/cars should be 50 yuan per person (2015).

If you are coming from litang you should got off at xinduqiao and take a car up to tagong the price should be 20 yuan per person.

Get around[edit]

Tagon is small. It is easy to find you way around. There are basically 3 roads going from tagong. South road goes to xinduqiao. north to luhou, Ganzi, Seda. East to Kanding.

Tagong monastery is on the main square.

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Most people come here to relax and visit the grasslands and maybe hiking or take horse tour.

Do[edit][add listing]

Horse treks through the pristine countryside are a popular option, running about 150/person for half a day. This can be bargained somewhat. Be advised that "half a day" may only comprise a few hours. If possible, try to get the details. 2015 - Horse treks are more expensive. Expect 100 - 150 per hour. If there is Chinese holiday the prices can be much higher.

A wonderful hike across the grasslands to the east takes you to Gyargo Ani Gompa (nunnery), which offers affordable lodging. To get there it take around 3 hours. Get to the small hill in Tagong and from there you will see big monastery college under the mountains, head towards there.

After enjoying the monastery grounds you can seek out lodging at the nunnery. It is in the middle of the village. In front of very big white building is old Tibetan house, that's the restaurant and hostel.

Valley of 10 000 mani stones - 5 km from tagong on the way to xinduqiao you can see a beautiful valley full of prayer stone carvings and paintings. Local villagers are working on the this local miracle. You can get there from tagong by walking on the main road south.

Grassland villages - If you hike from tagong to west by any of valleys you'll get to very authentic beautiful villages. No tourist visit these places, so you will be absolutely alone. continuing further on the roads you'll get soon on the plateau where in summer are many nomads and Yaks

Buy[edit][add listing]

Tibetan crafts - you can buy cheese Tibetan things from Chinese souvenir shops. Handcrafts you can buy at Khampa Café. Few shops sell some more expensive things which are usually imported from elsewhere.

Yak jerky - Buy local yak jerky in the local supermarket.

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Most guesthouses will offer you very affordable Tibetan food. Most meals consist of the same thing: yak cheese dissolved in tea mixed with some barley flour. Definitely worth a try, and quite bland (it helps to add sugar), but it's good as a breakfast.

Khampa Café offers Tibetan and western food including western breakfasts.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Khampa Café has a bar. In the evening you can find there most of the foreigners.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Jya Drolma and Gayla's Guesthouse, (Follow the sign off the town square.), +868362866056. Run by a lovely Tibetan family. Very authentic Tibetan house and cuisine. Some basic English spoken. Hot water and clean Bathroom, Comfortable beds (doubles have electric blankets). You can also eat with the family. Dorm 25RMB / Double 70 RMB.  edit
  • Khampa Cafe & Art Center, 20m left of the temple, (0086) 183 0287 9858, [1]. By far the best option to stay in town. It is newly run by a Czech guy Max and his Tibetan girlfriend Coco. With their collaborative art center, their goal is to maintain the local art culture and help the locals our of poverty. Their guest rooms are clean and comfortable, they also offer a great selection of tibetan food (try the Momo plate!) and western food (Yak Burgers, Czech Schnitzels). Doubles are 120 RMB. For 120 RMB, they also offer homestays in Tibetean families either in town or on the countryside (Tibetean houses / tents), dinner and breakfast included. The homestay is by far the best way to see how the locals live. Horse rides can be arranged as well.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Really a lot of wild and guard dogs. They spend the whole day sleeping all around on the streets. If you want to hike hills around Tagong, they may go with you and to be sure, the more dogs, bigger the problem. Always carry stones and stick helps too. There are reports of Han Chinese being mugged at knife point in Tibetan regions of China.

Also, foreigners travelling need to be wary of the local Tibetan males who will attempt to racketeer money from travelers when taking mini-van rides in/out of the Tagong. There have been instances when the local driver and riders agree on a price only to find out that the driver will demand more money when the destination has been reached. This situation causes a scene and a crowd of locals gather only to defend the driver. Riders be EXTRA cautious.

Go out[edit]

Move on to Danba or Bamei, neither as scenic or authentic a Tibetan village/town as Tagong, but each with their own worthwhile attractions. Past Bamei, en route to Danba, the driver may stop at a roadside hotspring or you can ask him to. Danba 60 yuan, Bamei 20 yuan

Go to Kangding or Xinduqiao or Seda

Mini Buses go to Ganzi (About 120Rmb, 8 Hours) via LuHou from the main road. The best time to catch them is in the morning (8-9). To Seda you can catch the bus around 9 or go to LuHou and from there go by minivan.

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