[quote]Fee, that region is bloody cold and most without proper heat. Go there in the summer instead!
We were in western Szechuan at Tibet border (Kangding, Litang) and froze, in October! Brrrrrrr…[/quote]
You are indeed correct, Alien. I traveled to Kanding and Litang in January, and it was certainly a bit chilly.
Yeah, and now that I think about it, transportation was rather hard to come by, though we eventually made it down to Zhongdian.
And at 3,000-4000 meters, some areas of Western Sichuan get cold no matter when you go, even in the summer.
So, as Alien suggested, this may be better for the summer, of for when you have more time.
There are downsides to travel in these areas in the winter, namely the cold, lack of heaters, and reduced transportaion. On the up side, fewer people, both locals and foreginers, are traveling at this time in these places. And I do think you get a different look at the areas and the monasterys at this “off time.”
To be honest, one of my dreams would be to spend the month of January or February in Xiahe or in Langmusi or in Qinghai during this time of year. I know that it would be cold, but I think it would be a pretty special time to be in the area, especially for Losar.
So, perhaps consider parts of Western China for travel during the winter, but know that it will be cold. Thanks for helping me to clatify this, Alien.