Songpan Ancient Town

Gate of Songpan Ancient Town
 Songpan Ancient Town Pictures
Songpan Ancient Town, situated in Jin'an Town of Songpan, is nearly 322 km (200 miles) from Chengdu (the capital city of Sichuan Province). Historically, it was known as Songzhou Town and was considered the 'West Portal of Sichuan'. Due to its advantageous situation geographically, it functioned as a military base from the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It has recently gained a reputation as one of the most interesting historical towns in Sichuan Province.

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.
Min River in the Town
Min River Passing
Songpan Ancient Town
Overview of the Town
Standing on the city wall of Songpan Ancient Town, visitors can feast their eyes on a spectacular vista of the entire ancient town. From this viewpoint, visitors can admire the surrounding mountainous landscape and the swift flowing Min River that passes through the town. As they do so, they may wish to savor one of the legendary historical stories that are associated with the area.
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.
Clean Streets in Songpan
Clean Roads
Local Product of Songpan
Dried mushroom, local product
Walking along the roads in Songpan Ancient Town, visitors will find some exquisite objects and ornaments for sale in the old stores, such as silver bracelets, silver rings, ethnic costumes and horn combs. In addition, unusual and tempting regional products are plentiful including braised male duck with aweto, fritillaria chicken, crispy yam and Jiuzhai mineral water.

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.

How to get to Songpan Ancient Town

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.
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 Apr. 08, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Songpan Ancient Town
Asked by Suradej from THAILAND | Oct. 07, 2019 23:42Reply
Have you timetable from songpan go to heishui by bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jordan from USA | Oct. 12, 2019 00:27

As I know, there is no direct transportation between these two places. You need to transfer to a coach at Maoxian.
Asked by PS from MSIA | Sep. 24, 2019 22:10Reply
Need help, I will at Langmuxi and will there buy to Songpan from Langmuxi bus station?
Or any way via public transport? Need to reach within the day. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Carson from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 26, 2019 20:47

Do you mean Langmusi? Sorry, there is no public bus between them. You can hire a car or share the car with other people.
Asked by Tom from THAILAND | Mar. 04, 2019 05:03Reply
I will go to Chengdu at the end of October and I plan go to
1) Mounigou Scenic Area
2) Huanglong
3) Songpingao
4) Dagu Glacier
Which city is the best to stay between Songpan or Maoxian because I will rent a car for one day trip.
And how many hour from Songpan to Maoxian?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ella from FINLAND | Mar. 06, 2019 23:19

Well, I didn't find any goof place to stay between Songpan and Maoxian. You are suggested to find a hotel in Songpan.
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?
Answers (1)
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.
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