Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is located on the South-eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, in the Western part of Sichuan Province. It has 18 counties covering an area of 153,000 square kilometers with a population of 890,000. The capital is Kangding.
Ganzi Prefecture is the centre of the Kham region-one of the three branches of Tibetan culture. It is also the centre of the Shangri-La ecological travel region, which includes parts of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet .
The north of Ganzi Prefecture is perfect for exploring Kham culture in depth. Not-to-be-missed sights include Dege Scripture Printing lamasery, a rare treasure of Tibetan culture King Gesar's birthplace in Ahxu grassland, the Sun Tribe and many famous monasteries of the five main Tibetan Buddhist sects.
In the South is Shangri-La, a fantastic ecological travel region. Highlights include Daocheng Yading nature reserve, the West sun vally of china, Shambala Xiangcheng, Cuopu Lake-the first lake of Eastern Tibet, and Genie Holy Mountain. Traveling in Ganzi is a trip into the mysterious.
The inner rooms of Daofu house are painted in magnificent colourful designs, exceeding even the Potala place in exquisite design. The stone houses of Daocheng, Litang, Yajiang are strong and timeless. Houses in Luhuo and Xinlong are elegant. And the white Tibetan houses of Xiangcheng and Derong are unique throughout Tibet. In Danba you can easily find many magnificent stone look -out towers. Finally, in Seda, Ganzi and Shiqu you can see the intriguing tents of Tibetan nomads.