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Introduction:Songpan is located at a latitude and longitude within 32°06′—33°09′ N 102°38′—104°15′ E. It is o­ne of the 13 counties of the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwe..

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Songpan Introduction

Songpan is located at a latitude and longitude within 32°06′—33°09′ N 102°38′—104°15′ E. It is o­ne of the 13 counties of the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province, China. It has an area of 8608 km², and a population of approximately 68 thousands formed by Tibetan, Qiang, Han and Hui.

  The ancient city of Songpan was built during Tang Dynasty and it was later rebuilt during Ming Dynasty. Songpan was an important military post. It was also an important economic and trading center for horse and tea exchange between Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Tibet. In 1935, led by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the retreating Chinese Communist Army marched through the plateau of Songpan to advance to the north western province.
While Songpan can be a charming city in its own right, the countryside surrounding the city offers a variety of tourist attractions. The hills surrounding the city are visual delights of Tibetan cattle herders leading their livestock over rolling grasses, endless valleys, and generally beautiful landscape. All of this can be seen through affordable horseback riding outlets o­n the outskirts of the city.
The economy of Songpan is dominated by agriculture and livestock raising. In recent years, tourism has become an increasingly important sector, and is actively promoted by the authorities. Apart from the scenic attraction of Huanglong which is located in the county, Songpan with its strategic location also acts as the gateway to Jiuzhaigou Valley at the north.
  Although Aba is a Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, elderly bearded men sporting distinctive white caps are a common sight o­n its streets. Muslim culture is widespread in Aba, where there is a large community of Hui people. Its street-life scenario is made complete by the large numbers of Muslim pancake sellers hawking their wares. Songpan is site of a number of Hui ethnic villages. The other three ethnic groups resident in the county are Tibetan, Qiang and Han Chinese. Songpan was o­nce a regular stop for traveling merchants, but its commercial importance is now ancient history.

Songpan Traffic

By road
 You can take the bus to Songpan at Chengdu chadianzi bus station every day from 6:30 to 7:30, buses leave for every half hour. It takes about 8 hours to get there and costs you around 50 Yuan for this ride.
By air.
First, you should take the airplane at Chengdu Shuangliu Internationl Airport, after 40 minutes flying you will land at Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport and then you can take the airport bus there to Songpan, it is o­nly about 30 km and  takes approximately half an hour. Usually, the flight tickets  are very hot during the high travel season and no discount at all, so you had better book the tickets at least a week before your trip.
By train
  The nearest railway station is chengdu railway station . As the largest railway hub in southwest China, Chengdu Railway Station has trains to major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Urumqi, Xian, etc. A tourist express train serves neighboring areas including Guangyuan City, Yibin City, and Panzhihua City.

Songpan Festivals

Zhuangshan fair(qiang): it is the most important festival of qiang people, also known as Qiangnian festival or Jishan fair. It was held in spring and autumn in each year. In fact ,it is a farm activity but with religion colour.
Nakchu Horse Race Festival is the most important folk festival in Tibet. People who gather for the annual horse race festival in Nakchu town construct a tent city. Dressing themselves and their finest horse, thousands of herdsmen participate in the thrilling horse race, archery and horsemanship contest. Other folk activities and commodity fairs are also held. The event falls o­n early August.
Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival, falls o­n the fourth up to the eleventh day of the first Tibetan month. The event was established in 1049 by Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama's order. It is the grandest religious festival in Tibet. Religious dances are performed and thousands of monks gather for chanting before the Jokhang Temple. Examinations taking form of sutra debates for the Geshe degree, the highest degree in Buddhist theology, are also held. Pilgrims crowd to listen to the sermons while others give religious donations.
The Butter Lamp Festival, Chunga Choepa in Tibetan, falls o­n the fifteenth day of the first Tibetan month. The event was also established by Tsong Khapa to celebrate the victory of Sakyamuni against heretics in a religious debate. Giant butter and Tsampa sculptures varying in forms of auspicious symbols and figures are displayed o­n Barkhor. People keep singing and dancing throughout the festive night.
Corban Festival is o­n the tenth day of the last month. The morning of the festival, they do not eat breakfast. After attending the mosque, they kill oxen and then share them with the poor families and relatives. Selling of the oxen is not permitted o­n this day.
Hua'er is a form of folklore among Hui people, especially prevalent in Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai. During festivals and the sixth month of the year, there is a pageant and people sing joyfully for six days.

Songpan Service Telephones

Songpan County Tourism Office Tel :0837-7232339
Songpan County Transportation Bureau :0837-7232344
Songpan County emergency hotline (24 hours) :0837-120
Songpan County Hospital Telephone (office) :0837-7232497
Chuan Zhusi town of Songpan County Tibetan Hospital Tel :0837-7242518
Songpan County, consumer complaints Tel :0837-7231315
Songpan County passenger centre  Tel :0837-7232543
Chuan Zhusi town of Songpan County passenger centre Tel :0837-7242284
Songpan County jiuhuang airport ticket sale:0837-7243181

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