Nestled on the Xiaojiang River, Tongren is a small monastic city where distinct Tibetan character and traditions blend seamlessly with revered monasteries and trendy boutiques. The city centre is filled with inviting waterfront restaurants and Tibetan eateries serving the traditional yak butter tea, while the surrounding region is perfect for hiking.
Things to do in Tongren
Dining is a popular pastime in Tongren, which is home to a wealth of Chinese restaurants, such as Jiangkou Midoufu and Xingfa Rice Noodle Restaurant. Head to Liangsixin Kouwei Langouste for delicious Asian fare or visit Korea BBQ Bar for sumptuous Korean barbecue and cold beer.
You can learn more about the city’s history at the Tongren Nuowenhua Museum, which houses old-world masks and drawings. Need a break from sightseeing? Kick back in the riverside Century Park while enjoying a picnic on the grass. The park is a short walk from Samsara Bar, where you can grab drinks when the sun sets.
If you’re got time for a day trip, drive just over two hours from Tongren to the Fanjing Mountain National Nature Reserve, where you can explore verdant forest along boardwalks, admire intricate rock formations and snap photos of the historic gated entry, which is backed by misty mountains.
Those seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate their weary muscles should head to Shi Qian Wen Quan Qun, which is home to a hot spring. You can also capture scenic views of the Xiaojiang River from the Fanjingshan Taipinghe Scenery Spot, a popular rock climbing destination.
Getting around Tongren
Tongren is best reached by driving about five hours from Guiyang, where you can fly into Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport and rent a car. You can easily explore Tongren on foot but will need a vehicle to access the surrounding sights.