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Daofu County

Daofu (also Dawu in Tibetan) means "colt" in Tibetan language because its terrain shapes like a running horse. Located in the northeast of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Daofu County is 197 kilometers away from Kangding City, the capital of the prefecture. It has a population of about 50,000 residing in an area of 7,053 square kilometers. Dafu has the cold temperate continental monsoon climate. It owns beautiful natural landscapes such as snow mountain, valley, grassland, lake, stone forest and hot spring, and famous cultural landscapes such as the magnificent and unique Daofu Dwelling, the Buddhist shrine Huiyuan Monastery, and the "male-leaving marriage" custom in Zhaba Grand Canyon. The natural beauty and unique folk customs in Daofu attract tourists from all over the world for sightseeing.

Daofu County

Yala Snow Mountain is located at the junction of Daofu County and Kangding County. It is 5820 meters high above the sea level, with snow covered throughout the year. According to Tibetan historical records, Yala Snow Mountain is the "second Shambhala.” which means the place where fairies live and the ideal place in the hearts of Tibetan people. Seeing from Bamei town, Yala Snow Mountain shapes like a crown; seeing from Tagong Grassland, it shapes like lotus throne; seeing from the west of Yala Snow Mountain, it shapes like the sitting Maitreya Buddha. For the aura of divinity in Yala Snow Mountain and the attention of Tibetan hero King Gesar, Yala Snow Mountain had become the holy mountain for the surrounding Tibetans to prostrate in worship in all dynasties.

Daofu County

Bamei Stone Forest is 6 kilometers away from Bamei town, with an area of about 50,000 square kilometers. From far away, the stone forest resembles numerous towering pagodas. While when getting close, you will find they are with their special shapes and postures, such as tiger, monkey, pillar, mushroom, lotus, etc. Because of the wind and weather conditions, these stones are changeable in color in different seasons. They are in light gray and light blue in dry seasons, but are in pale ink colors in wet seasons. Whatever their colors and shapes are, the stone forest is splendor setting with the vast grassland, towering snow mountains and the charming Tibetan houses.

Daofu County

Huiyuan Monastery is 89 kilometers from the county seat of Daofu, and 9 kilometers away from Bamei Stone Forest. The initial Huiyuan Monastery was built in 1729 when the Zungar (a Mongolian tribe) forces invaded Tibet. For the safety of the 7th Dalai Lama, the government of the Qing Dynasty made a great appropriation and order hundreds of Chinese and Tibetan workers to build the Monastery. After the completion of the Monastery, Emperor Yongzheng named the Monastery and wrote a plaque with the Chinese characters "Huiyuan Monastery". In 1838, the 11th Dalai Lama was born at the nearby village of the Monastery, which added more high reputation on the Monastery.

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Daofu Dwellings are regarded as one of the famous scenic spots in Tibet. These houses are generally built on mountains mainly by stone, thick logs and mud. Due to good lighting and ventilation, it's cool in summer and warm in winter in the house. The house structure is so firm that it will keep the shape for decades. The interior decoration of Daofu houses is really amazing and just like a folk art museum. Each eaves and window frames are finely crafted. What's more stunning is that the walls in the house are full of elegant Thangkas and the portraits of Tibetan Buddha in past dynasties are hanged on the shrine of the living room shrine. Daofu Dwellings is called "No. 1 House in Kham Region", which combines national architecture, religious culture and ethnic customs as one. Many experts and scholars regard Daofu Dwellings as a place that tourists must go in Tibet, just as every tourist will go to the Great Wall when going to Beijing.

Daofu County

Zhaba Grand Canyon is 71 km away from the county, with high mountains and steep valleys. Because people living in the canyon still retain the male-leaving marriage customs, it is also known as "the world's second male-leaving marriage custom of matrilineal society." As an ethnic name, "Zhaba" refers to Zhaba people living in the area of Zhaba. In 1949, Zhaba people were identified as Tibetan by the government. However, compared with the Tibetan people outside the canyon, Zhaba people own different language, dressing and lifestyle. This makes the academic world believe that Zhaba is the mysterious nation whose identity has not been confirmed. The Male-leaving Marriage Grand Canyon in Zhaba is a “cultural district remained from matriarchal society". The custom, religion, language and clothing of Zhaba people are all very unique, forming a peculiar cultural landscape of "an isolated language island" called by cultural scholars.