Songpan Ancient Town
|Songpan Ancient Town Pictures|
Upon entering Songpan Ancient Town, visitors will immediately be impressed by the grand and ancient constructions before them. Although founded in the Tang Dynasty and rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the city gates and city wall here have all been fairly well-preserved through the centuries.
Songpan Ancient Town as a whole consists of both an inner city and an outer city. There are five city gates in the inner city, facing north, south, east, west and southwest. There are also two city gates in the outer city. Each gate was built from vast flagstones, with its ceiling shaped in a semi circle. Stones at the base of the gates are embellished with delicate engravings.
Constructed from giant blue bricks, each of which is twenty inches long, ten inches wide and five inches thick, the city wall is approximately four miles long and over 10m (33 feet) high, covering an area of nine square miles. The bricks were made of sticky rice, lime and Chinese wood oil and each weighs 30 kilograms, guaranteeing the strength of the city wall.
During the Tang Dynasty, King Songtsan Gambo of the Tubo Kingdom sent envoys to the Tang court in Chang'an proposing a marriage between the two dynasties. But the Tubo envoys were detained in Songzhou Town by officials from the Tang court, and a battle between the Tubo and Tang armies was fought here. After the Tang army won the battle, Emperor Taizong -- Li Shimin made an alliance with the Tubo Kingdom by marrying Princess Wencheng to Songtsan Gambo.
Because of its location, four ethnic groups are resident in Songpan Ancient Town including Tibetan, Qiang, Hui and Han. This contributes to the unique cultural style of this ancient town; Kangba Culture, a kind of multi-cultural melding of the four different cultural elements.
If visitors come to Songpan Ancient Town on lunar January 5th, they will coincide with the local temple fair of Zharu Temple. Also worthy of note is the grand religious ceremony, the Mazi Fair, held here annually in May.
Buses from Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station go directly to the town at 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 and 13:00. The bus fare is CNY 109.
How to get to Songpan Ancient Town
|Entrance Fee||Free for the town; CNY 40 is charged for the city wall.|
|Opening Hours||The town opens all day while the city wall opens from 9:00 to 18:00.|
- Last modified on Nov. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Songpan Ancient Town
Asked by Kev from SWITZERLAND | Nov. 06, 2018 01:03Reply
Is it possible to transport 2 bicycle with the Bus from Songpan to Chengdu? We will arrive in 1 week, how are the roadconditions currently?
Answered by Quinn from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 07, 2018 16:49
It should not be a problem to take your bike. The road condition is good in spite of bad weather.
Asked by Deborah from GERMANY | Jul. 21, 2018 06:31Reply
Street Chengdu-Songpan closed?
Is it true that the street between Chengdu and Songpan is currently closed due to floodings? How long will that probably last? Is there any other way to get to songpan except by flying?
Answered by Marek from BELGIUM | Jul. 22, 2018 07:15
I was also planning to go to Songpan from Chengdu. Did you already get an answer?
Answered by Jason from CANADA | Jul. 22, 2018 18:32
Yes, the road is still being built and the reopen time is depending.
Answered by Deborah from GERMANY | Jul. 22, 2018 18:44
I heard that only the new street is blocked and that it’s possible to go with minivans over the old road to Songpan for 150¥.
Answered by Am from MALAYSIA | Aug. 01, 2018 22:00
Is still close the road from chengdu to songpan.. I want to take bus from cha dian zi..
Answered by Jason | Aug. 02, 2018 18:37
I heard they’ve began to sell bus ticket so I guess it has opened already. However, you’d better verify with the staff in bus station.
Asked by CURU | Sep. 07, 2017 06:25Reply
Hello, how can I get the bus schedule from Chengdu to Songpan?
should I book in advance during the October holidays?
Answered by Ann from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 08, 2017 02:00
The bus from Chadianzi Bus Station to SP leaves at 7:30. And yes, you’d better book the ticket in advance, and you can book it from the official Sichuan Bus Ticket Site, but as I know, there is no English version, so you may look for some help from your Chinese friends.
Asked by Álvaro Fernández from SPAIN | Aug. 08, 2017 12:43Reply
Is there a bus that goes from Songpan to Chengdu. What is the timing?
Answered by Nida from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 08, 2017 21:05
Yes, you can take the bus from Songzhou Bus Station to Chengdu, which leaves at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 12:30.
Asked by Jaik Yong from SINGAPORE | Jul. 28, 2017 02:16Reply
Is there a bus that goes from Songpan to Maoxian?
Is there a bus that goes there? What is the timing and how much is the bus ticket.
Answered by Jane from SINGAPORE | Jul. 30, 2017 20:02
Well, you can catch a direct bus at Songzhou Passenger Transport Station. This bus departs at 07:00, 09:00, 11:30 and 13:50. The ticket fare is CNY45/person or CNY53/person.