Danba Tibetan Villages
|Danba Tibetan Villages|
Danba Tibetan Villages, a retreat from the world, are known as the most beautiful villages all over China. They are located at Danba County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province and famed for unique architectures. In the past, the typical buildings there were Zhaifang and Diaolou, which respectively refers to stockade houses and watchtowers. As time goes by, the two kinds of constructions integrate with each other and form the distinctive Tibetan style folk houses we see today.
Usually distributed along the southern mountain slopes facing the sun, houses in the Tibetan Villages are painted with whitewash. Most of the houses consist of three or four floors, with the exterior walls of the top floors painted yellow, black, dark red and decorated with the patterns of sun, moon, star and other religious designs. The ground floor often makes a barn for livestock, while the upper floors are the kitchen, storeroom, living room, and scripture hall. On the four corners of the roof, there are four white turrets, which are used to show respect to the deities in charge of hills, trees, rivers and lands. Pray banners hanging around the houses ripple in the wind, adding more charm to the region.
Outside the stone and wood built houses, apple trees, pear trees, peach trees, and pomegranate trees grow everywhere. In the hillside fields not far away, villagers plant crops, such as highland barley, rape, corn and potato. Watching from a distance, the colorful exquisite buildings are hidden in lush woods with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, giving a sense of mystery and sanctity. When in spring, with flowers coming into blossom successively, the villages are more gorgeous shined by the sun.
Jiaju Tibetan Village
|A Tibetan Style Folk House|
Lying in the north of Danba, Jiaju Tibetan Village in Niexia Townstands out from all villages. It is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the county town and occupies an area of 1,200 acres (486 hectares), with more than 140 families residing here. Generally speaking, a house is dwelled by one family independently. Some houses gather in an advantageous position while some are far away from the main architecture complex. Stepping into the Tibetan houses, you will find yourself in a world of wonder. The walls, beds and cabinets are all adorned with delightful patterns in various bright colors, such as lotuses, trees, rivers, mountains and lamas. Besides Jiaju Tibetan Village, the Tibetan houses in Zhonglu Town and Badi Town are very famous too.
After arriving at Danba, take a county bus at Danba Bus Station at the price of CNY 5 per person or rent a car to Jiaju. The rent is between CNY 60 and 80 per car. You can negotiate the rental price with the owner of the car.
As the town is only 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Danba County, you can rent a car to go there or on foot. The rent is about CNY 30 per car.
You can take a 7-seat bus to go there, at the fare of CNY 8 to 10. Alternatively, you can hike from the county town to the village and it takes about two hours.
The villages are not far from each other. You can travel between them on foot.
|Village||Admission fee||Opening hours|
|Jiaju Tibetan Village||CNY 50, free for children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters)||Whole day|
|Suopo Watchtowers||CNY 30||Whole day|
|Zhonglu Tibetan Village||CNY 20||Whole day|
Thanks for all reply.
But I didn't find the bus schedules on the internet.
From Jinchuan to Chengdu, you can take the bus from Jinchuan Coach Station. The bus schedules are 06:30 and 06:40. The ticket fare is CNY162/person.
1. Xingduqiao to Bamei first. (Xingduqiao - u can "pin che", since there no bus, the van served as connection of 2 villages or more, do ask the price but the prices is standard even you are tourist or local)
2. Then Bamei to Danba. You will stop at old bus station which the river side of the north town.