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For travelers who want to experience the Tibetan culture and admire the breathtaking scenery of the Tibetan area but don’t want to bother with the travel permit, we always recommend our clients visit the three outer Tibet areas, Ganzi (Garze), Aba (Ngawa), and Shangri-La of Yunnan Province.

Among the numerous attractions in Ganzi, the most popular attractions are: Daocheng Yading, the last pure land on the blue planet; Hailuogou National Glacier & Forest Park, where you can enjoy the stunning scenery while relaxing in the hot spring; Jiaju Tibetan Village, a beautiful Tibetan village with unique-style houses; Sertar (currently closed to foreign visitors), the one and only Tibetan academy town.

For luxury travelers, there are no international brand hotels in Ganzi, yet some local boutique hotels might become the hidden gems of your whole journey.
— Your China Specialists

Xiyue Mijing Hotel
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Grandlife Hot Spring Hotel

Basic Information

Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, also known as Ganzi, is an autonomous prefecture occupying Sichuan province’s western arm, China, bordering Yunnan to the south, the Tibet Autonomous Region to the west, and Gansu to the north and northwest. It is sometimes spelled “Kardze” and “Garzin.”

The prefecture’s area is 151,078 square kilometers (58,332 sq mi). The population is approximately 880,000, with Tibetans accounting for 77.8% of the total population. The capital city of Garze is Kangding (Dartsedo).

Garze was traditionally part of the historical region of Kham. During China’s Republican Era (1912–49), Garze became nominally part of the province of Xikang, which included parts of former Kham.

In 1950, following the defeat of the Kuomintang forces by the People’s Liberation Army, the area fell within the People’s Republic of China’s control. Eastern Xikang was merged with Sichuan in 1955, where Garze became an Autonomous Prefecture.

Source: Wikipedia