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“Mountains, grassland and Tibetan people”
Review of Tagong Grassland

Tagong Grassland
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Yala snow mountain is still in the cloud hiding when I visited Tagong in May. Mt. Yala, or Mt. Mjera is one of the best views in Tagong. I remember the last couple of times I visited Tagong in summer, it was sunny, the mountain shapes like a lotus flower, soaring higher than the peaks around it. Tagong indicates the place that the Buddha likes the most, possibly because of its natural beauty including the grassland, yaks, mountains, and that resulted in a lot of monasteries built on the grassland.

There are a lot of things you can do in Tagong: try the western food at Khampa Cafe and find out day/half-day walking and horseback riding around this single-street town. Local accommodation became better than 2 years ago. Some of the guesthouses are quite clean. There are horsemen waiting outside of the Gold-top, a monastery five-minute north to the town, charging tourists 60-100 yuan for a horse riding. They have three different kinds of riding, the smallest loop takes about 15 minutes(or less) costs about 80 yuan. Do not enter the fenced area of the grassland near this monastery, you may get charged by the locals.

Tagong is also a good trekking terminal. I walked the trail from southeast of the mountain, which is near Kangding and went a loop around the mountain, camped at the back of Mt. Mjera, took an open hot spring in the valley and corssed a 4500+ meters' mountain pass and ended on the grassland. Excellent views but involes camping.

It is an at least one day stay hear in Tagong because there are just too many to see. I have been in Tagong in July, Ocotber and May. I think the time I visited in July is more beautiful when the land is greener. In October it was covered by snow when I visited. But it is all depends on the weather, do read weather forecast before you go.

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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Accommodation is available at various Tibetan homes in town for around $6-7 but I would recommend staying at the Kham Art and Craft Cafe which is very clean, has comfortable rooms and beds and also provides food at their cafe. This is run as a social enterprise benefiting the local town and nomadic communities. The town is small with a large monastery or 2 or 3, chortens and prayer flags everywhere. Be careful of the dogs roaming around town - especially after dark as the street lighting in Tagong's one main street is almost non-existent. Yaks graze over the hillsides around town and at the end of the day you can hear the clip clop of the men's ponies as they return home from the fields. Do not expect any luxury in this small town - only authenticity.

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