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Daocheng: the last pure land on the earth

2015-06-08
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Daocheng County, also known as Daocheng Aden, lies in the south of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, in the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, in the middle of the Hengduan Mountains.

It shares a border with Muli in Liangshan County in the southeast, Xiangcheng County and Gyeltang County of Yunnan make up the border in the west,, while Litang County lies to the north.

Due to its unique and pristine environment, beautiful Daocheng is often referred to as the "last Shangri-La". The region can be divided into two sections: Daocheng and Aden, encompassing snowy mountains, glaciers, canyons, forests, meadows, lakes, and more.

In addition to the glacier lakes such as the Pearl Sea and Milk Sea, the most popular site in the region is the Daocheng Peak, a famous holy peak of local Tibetan inhabited area which is comprised of Shannairi, Yangmaiyong, and Xianuoduoji mountains. These sacred mountains are destinations for those making pilgrimages.

Best times to visit: September to October and April to May. During these periods, the red grasslands and yellow poplars are awash in a splendid sea of color, and the snow-capped mountains engulfed by a blue sky and white, fluffy clouds make the vision even more fantastical.

April and May are the best time to visit Daocheng because the flowers are in full bloom and the mountains are snowier than the fall, making the scenery even more spectacular and bright.

July and August are the rainy seasons in Daocheng, making the roads muddy and dangerous. From December through March, winter sets in, making roads very icy and hazardous. Electricity and water is turned off in the area, making visits very inconvenient. During this time, scenic areas are closed.

Keep in mind that tourist season starts in September, causing lodging prices to go up. The National Holiday in October is the most expensive.