Tagong, Sichuan, China All photos ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn
Sichuan province has an extremely varied geography, both physical and cultural. The Tibetan area of Sichuan, which covers roughly one-third of the province can easily be reached within one-two days from Chengdu, depending on the area you visit. Due to the general high altitude of these areas I strongly recommend taking it easy in your ascent and slowly acclimatizing. All of these pictures were taken around Tagong, west and over the Zheduo Pass (Zheduo La) from Kangding. There is a newly built and recently opened airport in this area but I highly recommend going overland (either by car or bus) from Chengdu to Kangding (spending one night) and then the next day passing over the Zheduo La and proceeding on to Tagong. In this way you will also be able to fully appreciate the incredible transitional landscape between "China" and "Tibet". If you are lucky you will happen on a festival or celebration. Otherwise, most days bring ample opportunity to see stunning landscape, blue skies, local culture and large doses of Tibetan spirituality, courtesy and hospitality.