五彩文化，缤纷道孚 Colorful Culture, Fantastic Daof
The moment you step into this holy land, you are surrounded by a kind of quiet harmony between life and nature. It is the kind of deep feeling that brings you to life and the sort of passion as burning as strong wine that blows your mind. However, once you take the time to notice the natural innocence, you’ll find any imagination or description is pale as it is a place of dreams to dwell and the home of soul.
This is a beautiful, rich land covering an area of 7,053 square kilometers, which inherits and passes down the broad and profound culture and carries the hopes of 54,000 descendants of the Tibetan hero King Gesar. Here have holy snow-capped mountain, vast grassland, fecund soil, vast lush forests, roaring rivers and steep gorge; here have the virile Kangba men and tender Kangba women; here is surrounded by sacred temples, unsophisticated folkway and rich culture. The Tibetan people enjoy amorous feelings and expressions in the long river of history and immemorial creative wisdom.
Daofu County, formerly known as Daowu, means “The Pony”. As the sun rises in the east, shedding its rays in all directions, you will see a soundly slept pony hidden in Nyidrol Mountain behind the county from Lede Xuemu Holy Mountain in Xianshui River bank. It is said that this is a mystical pony coming down to earth from heaven with King Gesar’s swift horse, so the Daofu County is named full of auspicious meaning. As the gateway to counties along Kangba North Rd as well as Tibet for thousands of years, Daofu County is the best among the eight counties along Ganzi District North Rd for living with mild climate, adequate sunlight, rich product resources and convenient transportation.
Daofu County is located in the transition zone of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the Sichuan Basin, which is known as the Hengduan Mountain Area, the heartland of Six Parallel Rivers and the renowned Tibetan-Yi-Corridor Area. Culture here presents multiform orientation, and every ditch forms its own custom, embodying the harmony and respecting each other. This is a place where buildings, marriages, clothes, songs and dances and celebrations etc. are splendid and extraordinarily beautiful, and life is never just ordinary, full of intrinsic mystery and wisdom. Daofu County inside complex topography provides diverse landscape, and snow-capped mountain, gorge, grassland, spring, pastureland and ravine stream, which are full of a sense of pure beauty.
Hailed as the representative of Kangba beauty and the easiest snow-capped mountain to access in, Yala Snow Mountain has a graceful shape and magnificent natural landscape; As a domestic unique native mylonite stone forest, Baimei Earth and Stones Forest is endlessly changeable, majestic and grand; Longdeng Gesar Ranch brims with fantasies and luck, Zhumucuo ripples blue; Yuke Three-Dimensional Grassland is full of various flowers and forest steppe is in succession with Maitreya Holy Mountain, endowing the grassland with good luck; Zhaba Great Canyon deep twists and turns, with strange and mysterious walking marriage ceremony; Huiyuan Temple in Xiede County is a temple built by the central government for the 7th Dalai Lama in Emperor Yongzheng period, Jiawa Rongqun nearby Xiede village is the birthplace of the 11th Dalai Lama; Lingque Temple also has a long history with regionally renowned buttered flower-related art, bright in color and true to life; Namgyal White Tower standing out in Taizi Dam next to the County was built under the direction of the 10th Banchan Lama, which is also the highest pagoda in Kham.
When you walk through Daofu County, Tibetan stone house of local specialty will definitely surprise you. As you get to know more, you really admire it. Wooden Bengke house with Daofu characteristics is constructed entirely of bulky raw wood, gathering fine workmanship and firm structure. Forests, streams, grasslands and holy mountains flow in a harmonious continuum and form piles of beautiful Daofu Zang Nationality Villages, which make the life here poetic. From the exterior form perspective, the residential indeed Daofu now has its features: stately residence, graceful and colorful, elegant and clean, rich in modern feeling.
民居内部的装饰往往花费一两年才能完成，由多位画师、木雕艺人、雕塑艺人精心设计，用雕、塑、绘等多种手法，在客厅、经堂、过道、门窗等处精雕细镂，塑造出吉祥图案、民间故事、高原山水、奇花异草等内容，布局严谨，手法细腻，华丽中不失清新自然，气派中尽显典雅庄重，堪称道孚藏族民间工艺美术的博物馆。中外游客赞誉它为“藏家仙宫” “藏民居艺术之最” 。每年十一月，道孚人民都要去山上采来特制的红色和白色的泥巴，为民居除尘、粉刷、上清漆，使得道孚民居总是鲜亮夺目、历久弥新。道孚也因而成为名副其实的“藏民居艺术之都”。
Aura appears and sense of depth shows, which is written endless Daofu poetry under the blue sky and white clouds. External style of those dwellings, meticulously designed by reputed painters, woodcarvers and sculptors, usually takes one to two years to complete by making use of different techniques such as engraving, modeling and painting. The art of carving the living room, scripture hall, corridor, doors and windows etc. into three-dimensional auspicious patterns, folktales, plateau and landscape, exotic flowers and herbs gathers properly stringent layout and delicate technique. Generous pattern and concise, neutral style, simple without losing the gorgeous reflects Tibetan folk culture and art, which is really in most ways of the museum in Daofu County. It has been praised by Chinese and foreign tourists for its beauty as “Tibetan Fairy Temple” and “the greatest Tibetan Residential Architecture”., Residents in Daofu County go to mountains, collecting special mud in red and white color to dust, paint and lacquer their dwellings in November each year, thus creating the dazzling bright that never changed. Thereby Daofu County became the veritable “Capital of Tibetan Residential Architecture”.
In Daofu, we can enjoy the beautiful scenery of nature and mountains; In Daofu, we can perceive the colorful appearance of human cultures; In Daofu, we can seek spiritual sustenance; In Daofu, we can appreciate purity, simplicity and beauty of nature.
But what it allowed is that you could pursue your true self, seek spiritual sustenance, soothe broken heart, enjoy the pleasure of life and keep far from madding crowd. And here is infused with the rugged and undisturbed landscape instead of the city’s hustle and bustle, arousing magnificence and sublimity. Welcome, friends. We're glad you to come our way, the mysterious wonderland and spiritual paradise outside world, a longing for peace and serenity.