Xinduqiao Travel Guide, Sichuan
A small town located 437km west to chengdu and 83km west of Kangding, at the separating point of the North and South Sichuan-Tibet highway, with Ganze in the northwest and Litang in the west.
The town itself is nothing more than a stopover but the area between Zheduoshan and Xinduqiao features plateau pasture scenery of rolling chain of mountains, river valleys dotted with poplars, grassland, Tibetan villages.
It's renowned as "the paradise of photographers", offering seasonal stunning views, especially in the autumn.
Best Season : end of Sept. to early Nov.
Get in & around
Option 1 – take daily buses from Kangding, earliest departing 6:00am, Y115/head. Or, collective taxis are available beside Kangding Broadcast & TV Tower for Y20/head, which is more comfortable and flexible for making stops.
Option 2 - charter a mini van nearby Kangding bus station. Local drivers are more experienced with the road conditions and sights. it costs about Y150 for a whole day tour, incl. visiting Tagong grassland/monastery.
** The gravel road form kangding to Xinduqiao is extremely harsh, 80km may take 5~6hrs.
Hostels available in town for Y15~25/bed, Y10/meal
- Xiankelai Guesthouse (仙客来) - located on the right side of the main street across the bridge. It's operated by some Public Security Bureau members. Y10/head for Tibet style beddings, Y15/head for common Chinese style room. Shared shower room with 24hrs' hot water.
- Muya Guesthouse: Y25/bed, Tel - 0836－2866565
- the enchanting plateau pasture scenery - Xinduqiao itself is a small town, the "paradise for photographers" usually mean the section from Zheduo Mt. to the town, where brilliant colors is presentable in autmun.
- the ancient temple(居寺) and the mystical Muya celestial burial spot /木崖天葬台, 4km southeast of the town, which is worth exploring.