Danba ancient castles

Danba County is a county of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Garze was the part of Kham region of Tibet. In 1950 the area fell within the control of the People’s Republic of China.
The county of Danba is also called as “a kingdom of one thousand castles.” Groups of castles are situated in the valley or near villages. Towers and citadels were built hundreds of years ago, for defensive purposes and passing messages between different villages.
Danba is the home of the Gyarong Tibetans, a Tibetan tribe slightly different from those of other Tibetan regions. Gyarong Tibetans’ dress is unique; though most men wear casual clothes, the women still wear colorful embroidered headscarves and elaborate belts and aprons. Gyarong Tibetans speak Gyarong-ke, – sub-dialect of Tibetan language.

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