the seat of Ngawa County, within the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Sichuan, China

Aba is a town in China's Aba Prefecture.



Get in


Route G317 is nearby.

Aba County is well connected to many provincial towns and cities. Aba is the biggest transport hub within the prefecture. There are long haul buses heading for Aba from Chengdu City, Mianyang City, Songpan County, Ma'er Kang County, Jinchuan County, Wenchuan County, Hongyuan County, Heishui County and Xiangtang County daily.

Get around

  • 1 Kirti Gompa (sometimes referred to as Gerdeng Monastery, properly known as Kirti Kalari Gon Tashi Lhundrub). A Gelugpa monastery on the northwestern edge of the town. It was founded in 1472 by Rongpa Chenakpa, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, and now houses about 2,500 monks.    
  • 2 Nangzhik Gompa and Topgyel (just northeast of the town). Bon monasteries with between 800 and 1000 affiliated monks.      
  • 3 Setenling Gompa (about a kilometre from the eastern end of the town). A Buddhist monastery of the Jonangpa tradition founded by Namnang Dorje in the 13th-14th centuries. It was reconstituted in the late 19th century by Dro-ge Yonten Gyatso. There are about 800 or 1000 affiliated monks.     
  • Zhuokejitusi Village.
  • Shrine honoring Rapten Tinley



Aba County is mainly inhabited by Tibetans. The major festivals are:

  • Great Prayer Festival: January 8 to January 15 according to the Tibetan calendar
  • Six-Four Festival: June 11 to June 17 according to the Tibetan calendar
  • Zachong Festival: September 15 to September 17 according to the lunar calendar
  • Horse Race Festival: Middle of July according to the lunar calendar
  • Meige Costume Store, Binhe Rd.
  • Manyuanchun Chinese Restaurant, Binhe Rd.
  • Heidouhua Characteristic Stockpot, Binhe Rd, +86 837 666 6889.
  • Zang People traditional Breakfast
    Zang People's breakfast

Tibetan milk tea and Zanba are one of the traditional characteristics of Zang People diet.

Milk tea is salty, barley is mainly made of highland barley, highland barley is one of the staple food in Aba area.


  • Xinle Tea House, Binhe Rd.





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