Tagong in Tibetan means ‘the favorite place of the bodhisattva’.
Some 110 km northwest of Kangding, at about average altitude of 3700m, the Tagong Grassland is a vast expanse of meadow lying beneath the sacred Yallah Mountain, and is landmarked by the famous Tagong Lamasery and the golden tower built to commemorate the living buddha, Panchan. The green meadow surrounded by snow-capped peaks and dotted with Tibetan herdsmen and tents. Tagong is a very wild-west kind of Khampa town, with Tagong village, Tagong Monastery (Lhagong temple), Tagong Pagoda Stupa, Yala Snow-capped Mountain, Tagong Buddhism College etc around. An annual horse racing festival features thousands of local Tibetan herdsmen and Tibetan opera. The festival is held at the beginning of the 8th lunar month in Tagong grassland.
With recent improvements in roads and facilities, more tourists are making Tagong a place to relax and breathe in the Khampa way of living. Tagong Monastery – a famous Nyingmapa monastery built in around 1644-1911. The Grand State Tutor of Tibetan Buddhism with Buddhism Institute inside, also named as “the small Lhasa Jokhang Monastery”, is one of the 108 temples built during the reign of Songtsen Gampo in ancient Tibetan times.
Mt. Yala (5800m) – stands in the joint of Kangding, Daofu and Danba.The peaks are covered by snow year-round. It is worshiped by Tibetan as the patron saint of the place. The silvery Yala river is originated here and run down to meet the Dadu river. Around Mt Yala, scores of gullies radiate from the top and display various beauty of nature.