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Litang County

In the southwest of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, there is a county called Litang (理塘in Chinese) which is located at the junction of Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan, with National Highway No.318 (Sichuan-Tibet Highway) converging with Provincial Highway No. 217 here. The altitude of Litang County is as high as 4014 meters, it is the highest town in Sichuan and obtains its name as the "World’s High County". Litang is called "Le Tong" in the Tibetan language. "Le" refers to a bronze mirror, "Tong" refers to flat grassland, and "Le Tong" together means a vast smooth prairie which is like a bronze mirror. So, Litang gains its name for being seated between the two famous boundless prairies, namely Letong Prairie and Maoya Prairie.

Litang County

Litang has been an important hub in Tibet for tea-horse exchange with numerous merchants gathering here since ancient times, and is also a trade center in the south of Kham Region and a passenger traffic hub in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture which ranks only after Kangding city.

Litang County 

It is a plateau land full of vitality and vigor, governing 24 towns with a total area of over 14,000 square kilometers and a total population of more than 70,000. Litang is known as "Holy Plateau City" because it is the hometown of 2 Dalai Lamas and dozens of highest level living Buddha in the most significant monasteries in Tibetan history. It is also rated as a Tibetan Buddhist holy land, and a song, "Tsangyang Gyatso Love Song", makes it famous both at home and abroad. It is recorded in "Litang County Annal" that Litang belonged to Bailang Kingdom in the Han Dynasty, to Lidou in the Sui Dynasty and to Tubo Kingdom in the Tang Dynasty. From the Yuan Dynasty (in 1272), the central government established Litang Prefecture which was under the jurisdiction of Lijiang, Yunnan; in the 32th year of the Qing Dynasty, Lihua County was established; in the first reign year of the Republic of China, Lihua perfection was established; afterwards, it has been belonged to Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province since October 1955.

Litang County

The picturesque landscape and rich history give Litang much tourism resources, attracting many tourists home and abroad. Famous tourists’ attractions include Litang Monastery, Renkang House, Genyen Holy Mountain and Lenggu Monastery; besides, on each August 1st, Litang also hosts international horseracing festival, and Litang Horseracing Festival is regarded as the grandest horseracing festival on the Tibetan plateau.