Danba Ancient Tower
Danba Ancient Tower
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Daniel Li
By Daniel Li
Ancient Watchtowers Built by Jiarong Tibetans.
4.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2015
Jiarong Tibetans are one of branches of the ethnic Tibetans, and now living mainly in Danba area. On the afternoon of October 19, 2015, with much curiosity we drive along the east bank of Dadu River from the downtown of Danba and get to Suopo Township (梭坡乡), about 5km southeast of the downtown Danba. Suopo Township is composed of several villages perched on the mountain slopes facing west by the east side of Dadu River Valley. A Jiarong Tibetan man at the parking lot actively introduces himself as an owner of one of the most magnificent ancient watchtower in the village, eagerly guiding us to walk up the village for a glimpse of the towers. He says he works as a security guide in a bank in the downtown Danba. On the weekends or in spare time, he helps his wife introduce tourists to his home for paid visits. We agree on the 50 yuan entrance fee for his home watchtower, and we follow him walking up along stone steps to his home. On the way, he says that there are totally about 562 stone watchtowers in Danba, scattered around 15 townships including Suopo Township. There are 175 ancient watchtowers in Suopo Township, scattered around 13 villages. Most of the watchtowers belong to private families. He continues to say the original building of the towers was used to suppress demons, later they became fortresses to protect families from aggressive enemies. It also served as warning beacons to help protect local villages from potential attackers. People placed valuable things, jewelry, money inside the watchtowers. He deliberately mentions that Suopo was once part of the Danba Eastern Kingdom of Women. The watchtowers were also the symbols of worshipping a male sex organ during the rule of Eastern Kingdom of Women. Getting to his home perched high on the mountain slope, he points to the potted flowers in front of his main room in the compound, saying Jiarong Tibetans love flowers, Gasang flowers. On the rooftop of the second floor, he introduces his watchtower attached to his blockhouse and encourages us to climb up the tower. A ladder takes you to a window in the tower meters high above the rooftop. Inside the tower, there are wooden ladders carved with steps easy for visitors to climb up. The inside levels of the tower are accessible through the several wooden ladders. The ancient watchtowers here remind me of the Kaiping Diaolou (watchtowers) im Kaiping County, 130km southwest of Guangzhou.

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pipBrisbane
Phnom Penh, Cambodia54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
Danba Town sits in a valley between towering mountains on which are dotted picturesque traditional Tibetan villages amongst fields of barley and other crops. The town provides satisfactory and clean hostel accommodation in various hostels. You can base yourself in the town in a hostel and rent a car and driver for the day to take you to 3 scenic areas - Jiaju Village (Y30 to enter to take pictures), Suopo Ancient Towers (view from across the river) and another village across from Jia Ju. Cost approx: 300 RMB. Unless you are a hardy bush walker or hiker or cyclist Danba is will give you 1-2 days worth of travel value. Then head out.
Written July 28, 2011
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Daniel Li
Beijing, China113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Jiarong Tibetans are one of branches of the ethnic Tibetans, and now living mainly in Danba area. On the afternoon of October 19, 2015, with much curiosity we drive along the east bank of Dadu River from the downtown of Danba and get to Suopo Township (梭坡乡), about 5km southeast of the downtown Danba. Suopo Township is composed of several villages perched on the mountain slopes facing west by the east side of Dadu River Valley.

A Jiarong Tibetan man at the parking lot actively introduces himself as an owner of one of the most magnificent ancient watchtower in the village, eagerly guiding us to walk up the village for a glimpse of the towers. He says he works as a security guide in a bank in the downtown Danba. On the weekends or in spare time, he helps his wife introduce tourists to his home for paid visits.

We agree on the 50 yuan entrance fee for his home watchtower, and we follow him walking up along stone steps to his home. On the way, he says that there are totally about 562 stone watchtowers in Danba, scattered around 15 townships including Suopo Township. There are 175 ancient watchtowers in Suopo Township, scattered around 13 villages. Most of the watchtowers belong to private families.

He continues to say the original building of the towers was used to suppress demons, later they became fortresses to protect families from aggressive enemies. It also served as warning beacons to help protect local villages from potential attackers. People placed valuable things, jewelry, money inside the watchtowers. He deliberately mentions that Suopo was once part of the Danba Eastern Kingdom of Women. The watchtowers were also the symbols of worshipping a male sex organ during the rule of Eastern Kingdom of Women.

Getting to his home perched high on the mountain slope, he points to the potted flowers in front of his main room in the compound, saying Jiarong Tibetans love flowers, Gasang flowers.

On the rooftop of the second floor, he introduces his watchtower attached to his blockhouse and encourages us to climb up the tower. A ladder takes you to a window in the tower meters high above the rooftop. Inside the tower, there are wooden ladders carved with steps easy for visitors to climb up. The inside levels of the tower are accessible through the several wooden ladders.

The ancient watchtowers here remind me of the Kaiping Diaolou (watchtowers) im Kaiping County, 130km southwest of Guangzhou.

Written December 15, 2015
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roiar
Taipei, Taiwan160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Getting a good view of the surrounding valley, exactly what they were built for.
It's worth paying for the family that charges for the entrance, as many of the towers belong to a family or a village.
Written November 21, 2015
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davidj0nesgm
Cashiers, NC34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
The small village outside of Danba has beautiful scenery of valleys and mountains. The ancient towers were spotted throughout the valley. The small inn where we stayed for two nights was very enjoyable. The meals were included and delicious. Beds were extremely firm, but the roads getting there were terrifying!
Written September 25, 2018
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Advizor1000
Denmark77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Actually the real attraction of the Danba region in Sichuan province is the small Tibetan villages There are 4 that attract special attention: JiaJu, BuKe, SuoPo and ZhongLu). The best tower is said to be at SuoPo.
Written October 19, 2015
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XUEGANG Z
SHANGHAI305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
The village is just at the hillside and facing the valley of Dadu river.It'd better to spend a night here to experience the folk house of Jiarong Tibet. This branch of Tibet is considered by some people the descendant of a ancient dynasty XiXIA, which was located north west of China and destroyed by Genghis Khan,so looked different from others in mainland of Tibet.
Written May 21, 2015
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