Getting There

The Tongren Bus Station (tel. 0973/872-2014) connects Tongren with Xining (hourly; 4 hr.; ¥31) between 7:20am and 4pm; with Lanzhou (5 hr.; ¥60) at 6:50am; with Xiahe (4 hr.; ¥24) at 8am; and with Linxia (4 hr.; ¥35) at 8am. Uphill from the bus station is a large roundabout. To the right is Zhongshan Lu, the main street, which runs west to Xiaqiong Lu.

Tours & Guides

The Rebgong Cultural Center at Fengwu Zhonglu 217 (tel. 0973/879-7139; is the town's community center. The center features a library of Tibetan, Chinese, and English books, and can help arrange art classes. Sherab (tel. 0/139-0973-4619), a friend of the director's, is a jolly ex-monk who knows everyone in town and can act as an English-speaking tour guide.

Fast Facts

Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- None available.

Internet Access -- Immediately east of the entrance to the Telecom Hotel is the nonsmoking Huangnan Dianxin Fengongsi Wangba (tel. 0973/872-4196; 8am-midnight) which charges ¥3.

Post Office -- The main post office (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm; Sat-Sun 10am-4pm) is located on Xiaqiong Zhong Lu, next to the junction with Zhongshan Lu. Unless you read Chinese, the post office has nothing to sign itself and is without the familiar logo; it's the yellow building with a small China Telecom plaque outside.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.