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Danba County

In Tibetan, Danba is called “Nuomizhanggu”, which means a town locating on the rock. This county locates east of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture with an altitude of 1,860 meters, 137 km away from Kangding City and 330 km away from Chengdu. Apart from some excellent scenic spots, Danba County is also contiguous to Siguniang Mountain, Wolong Nature Reserve, Yala Snow Mountain, Tagong Grassland and Hailuogou Glacial Park. So, Danba County is an important geological junction and one major scenic region on the tourism circle line in western Sichuan.

Danba County

With typical landforms of highland and ravine, Danba County is traversed by Dadu River throughout north and south. Mountains are parted by Dadu River, which makes the landforms more tridimensional. Inside of Danba County, there are overlapping peaks and deep gorges, with a lowest elevation of 1,700 m, highest of 5,820 m and a relative elevation difference of 4,120m. As a result, the climate here is “one mountain at four seasons and different weathers within 10 miles”. Under the influence of monsoon climate in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, there is typical tridimensional climate. Complicated geologic structure, ample water resources, prairie, jokul and lake, all these create abundant natural resource in Danba County. Jokul, forest, lake, hot spring and meadow are combined into a scene in Dangling. While mountains, rivers, forest, cliff and temple are included in the Moerduo Mountain. So, it is the best destination of exploring travel and returning to nature.

Danba County

The humanistic heritages in Danba are more intriguing. According to current research materials from different disciplines of history, ethnology, archaeology, linguistics, etc., for thousand years, Danba has always been a melting pot of many ancient tribes: Tibetan, Qiang, and Yi. Ancient fortification complex here is commented as “a nationwide, even worldwide miracle of stone buildings and fortified dwellings”. These thousand fortifications, together with Tibetan stockade villages, which is infused with the conception of “Unity of Man and Nature”, stand out from other humanistic heritages in Danba. Nowadays, Tibetan fortification complexes in Zhonglu Tibetan Village and Suopo Village are preparing for the declaration of world cultural heritage, ready to go to the outside world. With a long and splendid history, Danba Fortifications are the masterpieces of architecture built by Tibetan ancestors in the area of Jiarong. Numerous fortifications are located across villages, ridges and key pass along banks of Jinchuan River (both large and small), as well as the upper reaches of the Dadu River. According to certain data, more than 3,000 Fortifications existed at the zenith of Danba, meaning more than hundreds in a large village. In addition to Fortifications, there are also many little-known local residents in Danba region who have attractive appearance and pristine living style. For thousands of years, these local residents have maintained the classical architectural style and strong ethnic characteristics, especially in Jiaju, Suopo, Zhonglu villages. These villages are usually built on the flat position of slope in the sunny side, constituted of dozens or even hundreds of families. The villages with attractive appearance and uniform style are built upon the rolling mountainside. The irregularly dotted villages, along with thick forests, clear brook and snowcapped peaks, make the county people live like in a paradise. In 2005, Chinese National Geography launched a vote of “the most beautiful village in China”. In the end, Jiaju Tibetan Village, on behalf of Danba, stood out from numerous well-known places, and was regarded first of the “six most beautiful ancient villages in China”.

Danba County

The annual Jiarong Tibetan Festival in Danba is one of the top ten tourism festivals in Sichuan, which is generally organized around October 26th. In order to let visitors fully appreciate the national customs of Danba Jiarong Tibetan, the main activity content includes Guozhuang dance, costume performance, beauty contest, horse racing, dancing and singing performance, etc. The most noteworthy is the beauty contest at Beauty Valley. The most noteworthy event is the beauty contest at Beauty Valley. This beauty township, which has the reputation of mysterious Dongnv Kingdom since ancient times, are full of beautiful women. While at the festival, these beautiful women are attired to show the best appearance and vie with others. By now, this festival has become the platform for the outside to know about the natural scenery, ancient fortifications and Tibetan stockade, local conditions and customs of Danba County.