In western Sichuan, on the road to Tibet, there is a wonderful and charming place that is often overlooked by travellers. With a population of 1,160,000. Garzê sits on an elevated valley of 4014m. Kangding is the capital of the Garzê Autonomous Prefecture which is mostly inhabited by Tibetans and Khambas. You will find Garzê to be a lively place and a good place to use as a base when exploring the surrounding areas, which is scattered with monasteries and traditional Tibetan villages.