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Garze County

Garze County is located in the northwest of Sichuan Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, 385 kilometers northwest from Kangding City, the prefectural capital. Lying upstream of Yalong River, Garze is 3,390 meters above the sea level. Garze borders Kangding, Chengdu on the east, Qinghai, Xizang on the west. The special geographical location endows Garze with strategic importance along the north Sichuan-Tibet highway. The total area of the county is 7,357 square kilometers, with Tibetan accounting for more than 95% of its total population, which is of about 60,000.

Garze County

“Garze” is named after the Garze Monastery, which means “purity and beauty” in Tibetan. Strong religious background adds some tints of solemnity and mystery to this land, where stands numerous Monasterys for centuries. Such as the Baili Monastery, a provincial-level key cultural relics protection unit and Garze Monastery, the most famous Monastery of Gelugpa sect in Kham area. Other famous old Monasteries are Dajin Monastery, Donggu Monastery, which stores invaluable antiques, and the unique Hanren Monastery. Garze has profound cultural connotation. Tibetan Buddhism, which consists of five sects, is time-honored. Old Monasteries, civil architectures, Tibetan paintings and handcrafts are of distinctive style. The famous Garze Tap dancing even earned worldwide renown. Besides, Garze has other humanistic landscapes like the congregation monument of the Second and Fourth Front Red Army, the museum of General Zhu De and Rinpoche Geda V. The beautiful scenery of Nailong Mountain and Datongma Grassland, which is the miniature of pastoral area, attract more and more tourists. This combination of humanity and ecology embellishes the tourism industry in Garze highland