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Suopo Towers
Danba Top 4 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.4/5
69 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Open all day
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 3-4 hours
Address: Sopo Township, Danba County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture

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[Suopo Diaolou] is located on both banks of the Jinchuan River on the outskirts of Danba County, Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan Province. "Suopo" means "Mongols" in Tibetan. It is said that a large number of Mongolians used to graze here in ancient times, hence the name. Suopo is the place with the highest concentration of ancient castles in Danba, and even in the world. There are as many as 84, including the only pentagonal castle in the world. Its value is self-evident. The towers of Danba are divided into four corners, five corners, six corners, and eight corners. The height gradually develops from 10 meters and 20 meters to 30 meters and 35 meters. Diaolou has many functions. It is built on the main roads of the village. The main traffic passes, checkpoints and other places are called "military defense towers"; those built for chieftains are called "Guanzhai towers"; the village center is an octagonal blockhouse used to suppress demons Called "Feng Shui Diao", here, there are also police Diao, Jie Diao, Fang Zhong Diao and so on. According to Tibetan scriptures, there are only three 13-corner towers in the Jiarong Tibetan area of hundreds of kilometers, and there are two in Danba. They are still standing between the Tibetan towers. They are majestic and solid as a rock. The baptism of thousands of years of wind and rain is still the same. The main building materials of the towers are rocks, mud, hemp, wood, etc. Hemp tendon is made of kenaf stalk or highland barley stalk and wheat straw. The hemp stalk is chopped into inch sections, and the pile is turned into hemp tendon. It is very sticky in mud. Diaolou is composed of large and small stones from top to bottom, left and right, staggered and repaired, with sharp edges and corners, and the surface is smooth, like a knife, chopping, and axe. For thousands of years, the ancient castles have withstood the erosion of war, wind and rain, and the test of earthquakes, but they stand tall. Some have been turned to rely on for a long time, and some have been bent into bows and become wonders on their own. Their architectural art is superb and exquisite. . Every corner, every stone, every shovel of mud of the ancient blockade was cast by the blood and sweat of Tibetan ancestors, and it also wrote a glorious page in the history of Tibetan architecture.

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  • Ruqin-Li
    Ruqin-Li
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    Marvelous Vernacular Buildings by Jiarong Tibetans

    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. On t...

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    Very beautiful area

    I loved walking around Suopo - if I have a chance, I will come back there again in the future. The Jiarong Tibetan culture is unique and interesting, different from other parts and groups of Tibetans.

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    Danba Villages

    I went in Mar-Apr 2015 and hired a car with a driver for two days to see the Danba villages, including Zhonglu & Jiaju, where I stayed overnight at the Three Sister's Lodging (very good experience) in...

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