Changdu, or Qamdo, is the center of Kham Tibetan areas and is the birthplace of Kham Tibetan culture. Changdu is located in the eastern part of Tibet, the middle and upper reaches of the Jinsha River, Minjiang River, and Nu River, and is known as the "Three River Basin in eastern Tibet". Changdu is bounded by the Jinsha River and faces the Sichuan Garzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture across the river; it borders Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province in the southeast. Changdu Bangda Airport is the highest-level civil aviation airport in the world and currently has regular flights to Lhasa and Chengdu. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway passes through Changdu, 1,200 kilometers from Chengdu and 1,000 kilometers from Lhasa. The main attractions of Changdu are: The first monastery of the Gelug sect in the Kham region - Jampaling Monastery; Karma Monastery - the ancestral monastery of Karma Kagyu sect; Bangda grassland, which produces valuable plants such as Cordyceps and sinensis; Karo ruins; Laigu Glaciers and Ranwu Lake.
Altitude: 3,500 meters
Attractions: Laigu Glacier, Bangda grassland, Jampaling Monastery, Karma Monastery
Best Season:May, June, September
Suggested Duration:2-3 days