Wolong Panda Nature Reserve(Please note that the Panda Nature Reserve was destroyed during the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake).
People from all nations are welcome to adopt pandas through naming them with an accompanying donation. Pandas are national treasures and also goodwill ambassadors. Wildlife observation spots opened in Wolong Panda Reserve attract explorers, tourists, animal-lovers as well as scientists. Occasionally wild pandas may show up in the Reserve. Every year more than 100, 000 visitors come to Wolong Panda Reserve. Wolong Panda Reserve is home not only to the giant pandas but also to rare and endangered animals such as red panda, golden monkey, white-lipped deer, gnu (wildebeest) and precious plants like yew and beech. Other major places of interests in Wolong.
Wolong Panda Reserve is a fairyland for tourists. Wolong Panda Reserve enjoys warm and humid climate favorable to bamboo, pandas' favorite food. At the same time, 101 mountains are above 5, 000M varying from 6, 250m to 1, 150m. These contribute to bio-diversity preservation as well as spectacular beauty of natural scene in Wolong Panda Reserve.
Adimission: 50RMB per person
Danba & its Ancient block towers
Drango Gompa in Luhuo
Luhuo, Drango in Tibetan, 70km further, had Drango Gompa, which once had over 1000 monks. The monastery sits on the hillside in the Tibetan-style southern part of town and has a large newly carved wooden statue of Jampa. The Tibetan name of Drango means ' head of the rock' and derives from Luhuo's strategic positon at the confluence of two rivers.
Garze Monastery in Ganzi
Garze Monastery is just north of the town's Tibetan quarter and is the region's largest monastery, with over 500 monks. Encased in the walls of the main prayer hall are hundreds of small golden Sakyamuni statues. In a smaller hall just west of the main hall is an impressive statue of Jampa dressed in silk.
Yihun La-tso (Xinluhai)
Yihun La-tso still called Xinluhai is located at the east of Que'er mountain, about 13km to travel from ManiGango. In Tibetan, Xinluhai means a lake that overwhelms a god. Legend has it that the favorite wife of King Gesaer had been here, overwelmed by its peace and beauty.
Xinluhai is a stunning, holy alpine lake bordered by chortens and dozens of rock carvings. The lake is backed by the huge glaciers of Que'er shan and it's possible to walk an hour or two up the left side of the lakeshore for glacier views.
Derge Scripture Printing Press
Within the monastery, dozens of workers hand-produce over 2500 prints to order each day, as ink, paper and blocks fly through the workers' hands at lightning speed. Upstairs is an older crowd of printers who produce larger and more complex prints of Tibetan gods on paper or coloured cloth. There are some nice murals in the two groud-floor chapels, so bring a torch. You can geta close-up look at the workers who carve the printing blocks in the administrative building across from the monastery.
The admission is 35RMB per person, and photography is not allowed in the monastery.