"Chengdu sits essentially at the base of the Himalayas, where hiking ruggedly beautiful terrain is but a a few hour’s ride in any direction. One of the country’s four great Buddhist mountains, Emeishan is about a two hour drive from Chengdu and the spectacular Siguniangshan Mountain Range is also just a few hours away by bus. From the vantage point on Emei, visitors can look across the horizon above the sea of clouds and view the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Siguniangshan is just a stones throw from Ganzi Prefecture, a predominantly Tibetan region of soaring peaks and vast grasslands. Chengdu is the Gateway to Tibet, both legally and physically. Most tour groups pass through here on their way to Lhasa and it takes 6-7 hours to get to Kangding, a Tibetan town in Ganzi that represents the border between Chinese and Tibetan cultures."