"The road south from Gyangze: Highway 204" Top 5 Page for this destination Gyangze Transportation Tip by Confucius

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  Here's Highway 204, the way south to Kangma County
by Confucius

Highway 204 goes from Xigaze all the way south to the India border in Yadong county, passing through Gyangze. You will easily find plenty of vehicles for hire that do the route back to Xigaze, but it's challenging to find drivers going south on 204 or east on 307.

Through bargaining and negotiations, you should be able to find a car and driver to take you east to Langkazi for 500 RMB and south to Yadong for around 800 RMB. With help from my hotel's general manager, I got a ride to nearby Kangma for 80 RMB. The place where you will find vehicles ready to take you on these alternative trips is at the intersection of Hero Road and Shanghai Road.

Try to bargain with two drivers at the same time. Once word spreads around town that you are going somewhere other than Xigaze, the bidding begins! Make sure the vehicle can manage dirt road conditions; a jeep is better suited for the journey south or east instead of a regular sedan.

Use the price guidelines that I am providing in this tip. You should not pay more than 500 to go to Langkazi and not more than 800 to reach Yadong county.

As of September 2006, a special permit was still required for trips to Yadong county. This permit is only available in Xigaze, so if you try to go south on 204 without a permit then you will not be allowed beyond the military checkpoint in Kangma county. Permits are not required for travel east from Gyangze on highway 307 or west to the remote Tibetan town of Jin'ga.

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2006
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