Litang isn't the only spot in Sichuan worth seeing; visitors should also take a day trip or two to experience the magic of the surrounding scenery, communities and cultural attractions.
Every destination has its special history and this area has its own fair share of stories to tell. The old towns here provide great insights into the past.
Mix a little learning with leisure during your stay by spending time with a knowledgeable guide on one of the area's popular culinary tours and cycling tours.
To really get a taste for the customs of the area, take your time to visit the region's bars, cafés and restaurants. These are excellent places to rub shoulders with locals as well as try out popular dishes. Regular ingredients in Sichuan are poultry and tofu. Kung pao chicken and Sichuan hot pot are some popular meals to taste.
Learning some of the language is an excellent tool to use to cross the cultural divide, so why not practice a few handy Mandarin words and phrases before you head off. "Nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ" is Mandarin for "Would you like todance with me?" Or try "Zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān" (This gentleman/lady will pay for everything).
Before you head back to the comforts of home, you'll be bidding Litang a fond Zàijiàn (farewell).