Danba County is located in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It is known as the county of thousand watchtowers, owning the most ancient blockhouses of Rgyal-rong Tibetan area. The history of Dnaba’s watchtower could be dated back to Qin Dynasty. Originally this kind of watchtower was borrowed from Qiang Minority. As time went by, Danba’s blockhouses became more immense in scale, supernormal in momentum that diversified watchtowers were derived from their ancestors. There are four-corner watchtower, five-corner watchtower, six-corner watchtower and eight-corner watchtower in varieties, and the heights of the tower gradually went up from 10 meters, 20 meters to 30 meters or even 35 meters. The blockhouse built at the key traffic passes was mainly for defense in military, while the one constructed for minority hereditary headman, was called the official watchtower. Beside these, Danba also possesses two of the three existing thirteen-corner watchtowers in the world. After thousand years of weathering, ancient watchtowers still stand majestically, showing us the extremely skillful and particularly magnificent art of architecture. Every corner, stone and mud of the watchtower and Tibetan house were forged by blood as well as sweat of Tibetan forefathers. They recorded a glorious page in Tibetan architectural history.

Oriental Castle Danba 4-Day Photography Tour


*A classic photography tour deep into Danba, a county of watchtowers and China's top beautiful Tibetan villages 

*A memorable journey filled with fresh air, snow-capped mountains, forests, lakes combined with well preserved Tibetan folklore, primitive style of the natural scenery


- Tour code: CPT-WT-07

- Price: from $660 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Chengdu - Danba - Chengdu    

- Trip length: 4 Days 3 nights

 Detailed itinerary:

In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu. Western Sichuan overland journey begins! Driving out of downtown Chengdu, firstly travel through Duwen Expressway that connects Dujiangyan and Yingxiu Town. After that, transfer from Yingxiu to Wolong, generally entering Tibetan region. You will feel you are getting into another world, filled with green mountains and blue sky instead of tall buildings in the city. At around noon time, arrive in Rilong Town, which is also named Mt.Four Girls Town now.

Have lunch and a short rest in the local restaurant.


After lunch, continue your off-road trip deeply into west Sichuan’s Tibetan region. In the late afternoon you will arrive at Danba County. Danba, which was called Jiarong, means the Tibetan people living in one of the four great valleys of Tibetan region. It is now well known as the Kingdom of Thousand Watchtowers. You will have an external view of the Suopo Watchtower Cluster. The dozens of stone watchtowers that dot this area really catch your eyes. 

Chengdu - 70 km - Yingxiu Town - 49 km - Wolong - 98 km - Rilong Town - 123 km - Danba County

Waking up in birds singing and dog barking, make a deep breathe, you may feel completely fresh air in your lungs. Use spring water flowing from the tap to wash your face, a beautiful day begins. Have a Tibetan style breakfast, and then you will ascend the mountain on foot to pursue more for photography. Nearly moving every step, there’s a new sight of wonderful landscape. In about 2 hours you will arrive at the sightseeing deck, a nice place to have a whole view of Zhonglu’s Tibetan houses and watchtowers. Take as many pictures as you want, descending the mountain back to local Tibetan family for lunch.


In the afternoon you are free on own, either to walk around our guesthouse with yaks beside and watchtowers emerging from time to time, or just to lie down on the roof of stone house to enjoy the blue sky as well as white clouds.

Zhonglu Tibetan Village

After breakfast, firstly you will have an external view of the Suopo Watchtower Cluster.  The dozens of stone watchtowers that dot this area really catch your eyes. 


Have lunch in the local restaurant of Danba County.


After lunch, transfer to visit Jiaju Tibetan House Cluster. In 2005, when the professional photographers of China National Geography came to Danba, they named Jiaju the most beautiful village ever in China. Your private van would stop at the mountain top. And then led by your escorted tour guide to explore the village on hill slopes from top to bottom. Stairs by stairs, you shall pass by local Tibetan's home, all decorated exquisitely. Your driver would be waiting at the hill foot, and then transfer to hotel in Danba.

Have dinner in the local restaurant and then check into hotel. Explore Danba County on own in the evening. 

Danba Jiaju Tibetan House Cluster, Suopo Watchtower

In the morning, say farewell to Danba! Drive back along the way to it back to Rilong, go through the Mt. Balang Tunnel en route. Have lunch in Rilong Town or Wolong according to the road situation.

After lunch, drive another 3 hours from Wolong to Chengdu.


Arrive in Chengdu in the late afternoon. Transfer to hotel for rest.

 Danba - 123km - Rilong - 98 km - Wolong - 49 km - Yingxiu - 70 km - Chengdu

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary & necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√  Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

  Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√  Traveler's accidental insurance.


-- This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule.

-- China Panda Tour also provides French/German/Spanish/Russian/Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service.

-- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you with satisfying service.


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