Chinese Name: 理塘 (lǐ táng)
Area: 14,352 square kilometers (5,541.3 square miles)
Location: in the southwestern part of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, west Sichuan Province, southwest China
Area Code: 0836
Zip Code: 624300
GDP (2018): CNY 10.39 billion (USD 1.57 billion)
Nationality: Tibetan, Han, Mongol, Hui
One of the Highest Towns in the World
Litang County is affiliated to Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, southwest China. With an over 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) altitude, it is one of the highest towns in the world. Many Tibetan Buddhist figures were born in Litang including the spiritual leader of Mongolia Buddhism, also the 10th Dalai Lama Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, and Jam-yang-shay-ba Trulku, the 5th living Buddha of the Labrang Monastery. The famous poet, also the sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso had written his last poem about Litang. Litang Temple, Mount Genik, Maoya Prairie and other tourist attractions are worth visiting. Horse racing festival held on August 1st is a traditional festival with a long history in Litang Sichuan. It is a great time for travelers to watch its unique ethnical performance and horse races. Also, travelers can enjoy the Tibetan Opera at that time.
Best Places to Visit & Top Things to Do in Litang
It is an alpine grassland in western Sichuan and is the largest mountain grassland in the Shaluli Mountains. It is praised as one of the six most beautiful grasslands in China. Close to the mountain, snow-clad peaks, white clouds and blue sky, it has a multifaceted beauty. Travelers can enjoy the endless grassland here.
Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery (Litang Temple)
It is one of the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist temples which was built by Sonam Gyatso. Butter-Lamps Festival will be held on every January 15th of the Tibetan calendar, which attracts countless travelers to pray for luck. It is also a treasure house of Tibetan religion, culture and art. Travelers can visit the splendid architecture, the dazzling array of instruments, various statues of Buddha, the exquisite sculptures and the vast collection of documents in this temple.
Surrounded by forests, hot springs, snow-clad peaks and temples, it forms a natural scenic spot which takes Mount Genik as the core. The snow-clad Mount Genik is shining under the sun which can be seen from a distance. The mountainside is decorated with forests, and the waterfalls cascade down. There are vast grasslands under the mountains, as well as clear lakes. Travelers can climb the mountain while appreciating the beautiful scenery along the way.
Attend Horse Racing Festival
Holding on every August 1st on Maoya Prairie, this lively festival attracts millions of travelers. Travelers can not only watch the exciting horse races, but also enjoy the excellent performance by local people in their ethnic costume.
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Best Litang Food to Try
Roasted Barley Flour
Travelers who want to taste Tibetan food cannot miss this. It is a traditional staple food of Tibetans. It is made of barley flour, buttered tea, sugar and milk residue. With rough taste and high calories, it is suitable for defending against the cold.
This kind of fish is cooked with fresh meat and rich in nutrition. It is often made into spicy taste with tofu, pickled Chinese cabbage, green shoots and other vegetables.
Tuanjie Steamed Stuffed Bun
It has a unique shape which is like the combination of cake and bun. Local People will make it on holidays or when they meet friends and relatives. With various fillings, it is very delicious, oily but not greasy. It is often eaten with buttered tea.