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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kangding/ Kanting is a Latin diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of Chongqing in western China, but still dependent on the Roman missionary Congregation propaganda Fide.

Its episcopal see is located in the city of Kangding, know to the Tibetan as Dartsedo. It is vacant since 1962.


  • Established on March 27, 1846 as Apostolic Vicariate of Lhassa, on territory split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Szechwan
  • Renamed on July 28, 1868 as Apostolic Vicariate of Tibet
  • Renamed on December 3, 1924 as Apostolic Vicariate of Dajianlu
  • Lost territory on 15 December 1929 to establish the then Mission sui iuris of Sikkim (now diocese of Darjeeling)
  • Promoted on April 11, 1946 and renamed after its see as Diocese of Kangding


  • Kangding Airport
  • China National Highway 318
  • G4218 Yaye Expressway Ya'an-Kangding Section


Kangding has a monsoon-influenced climate, lying in the transition between a humid continental (Dwb) and a subtropical highland climate (Cwb) on the Koppen system. Despite the elevation of 2,560 metres (8,400 ft), the diurnal temperature variation averages at most 10.6 °C (19.1 °F) in any month. From April to September, rain is a very common occurrence, with around two-thirds of the days receiving some rainfall; in addition, 77% of the annual precipitation is delivered from May to September. Monthly daily average temperatures range from −1.9 °C (28.6 °F) in January to 15.7 °C (60.3 °F) in July; the annual mean is 7.29 °C (45.1 °F). Over the course of the year, the frost-free period lasts 177 days and there are 1,738 hours of sunshine.


Kangding is divided into 3 towns and 18 townships.

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