In the southwest of China and at the southern most tip of Yunnan Province, there is a picturesque, fertile and mysterious land - Xishuangbanan. In the Dai language, "xishuang" is "twelve" and "banna" is "one thousand pieces of land", thus "Xishuangbanna" can be directly translated into "twelve thousand pieces of land". As a matter of fact, it refers to the twelve regions that are under its administration. With Myanmar to the southwest and Laos to the southeast, Xishuangbanna has a boundary line of 1,069 kilometers.
Temples and other sites of interest are plentiful in Xishuangbanna, but it is the people-the diversity of the ethnic groups with their own traditions and ways of life-which distinguish the area and make it such a fascinating place to visit. The Dai people are famous in China for their hospitality and friendliness, and their reception of foreigners reinforces this reputation. Travelers in Jinhong who walk through the Dai section of the town, where houses are built on stilts, are often invited into neighborhood homes. In the evenings, the young people continue the practice of courting by singing to one another. A modern touch has been added with the arrival of flash tights. A boy now indicates his interest in a girl by shining the light in her face. On the outskirts of Jinhong, and in Mcnghai and Mengla, are villages of other minority nationalities. The Mengla district is known for its virgin forests and wildlife.
The capital of Xishuangbanna Prefecture is "Jinghong", which means "the City of Dawn" in the Dai language. It is 692 km from Kunming. There are more than ten nationalities including the Dai, the Hani, the Jinuo and the Bulang, etc in its land. There live over 5,000 species of plants and hundreds kinds of rare and valuable birds and animals in its 20,000 square kilometers tropical virgin forest, thus Xishuangbanna is noted as "the Kingdom of Plants and Animals" and "An Emerald on the Tropic of Cancer".
There are several well-known temples easily reached from Jinghong. The Man Ge Monastery, one of the most famous in Xishuangbanna, is in Jinghong. The Manfeilong Temple, said to be over 700 years old, is in Mengla. Three pagodas, each with three towers, were built as tombs for the hair, bones, and feet of Shixuenani, a Buddhist abbot. The Mengzhe Temple, near Menghai, has a pointed occagonal roof and is one of the best examples of Buddhisf architecture in the area. The 60-ft.-highMenghan Temple, located six miles southeast of Menghai, is also worth visiting.
Xishuangbanna Botanical Research Institute. Located in Jinghong, the research institute specializes in developing and improving strains of rubber trees and other tropical plants. Visits can be a arranged through CITS or the hotel.
Festivals. There are three main festivals every year in Xishuangbanna. The most exciting is the Water Splashing Festival, usually held in the early summer. During the three-day celebration, dragon boat races are held, firecrackers are set off, and everyone pours water on everyone else. This is also the wedding season of the Dai.
The Closing Door Festival takes place around July 15. The period between this date and the Opening Door Festival, which takes place around October 15, is a time of extensive Buddhist activity, during which people are not supposed to travel far or marry. Normal social activities can be carried on in the months after the mid-October celebration.
Manting Park Manting Park is called Chunhuang as well in local Dai language, means Garden of Spirits. This park is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna, used to be a royal garden of Dai. Many trees and ornamental plants growing in it providing people with a good rest place. Read More>>
Manfeilong Pagoda Manfeilong Pagoda was built in the year 1024 and is a famed stupa complex in Xishuangbanna. It is also known by two other names: White Pagoda and Bamboo Shoot Pagoda.The Manfeilong Pagoda is decorated with beautiful sculpture, relief and colored paintings in the style of the Dai ethnic minority Read More>>
Wild Elephant Valley (Sanchahe Forest Park) Wild Elephant Valley is to the North of Jinghong City, about 50 kilometers far. It actually is a nature reserve for tropical rainforest and wild lives. Here in jungle live about 70 wild Asian elephants. Wild elephants usually come out at night, so people -- Read More>>
The Octagonal Pavilion As one of the important relics of Xishuangbanna, the Jung Zhen Octagonal Pavilion is named after the place where it is located. The octagonal pavilion, called "Wo Su" in the Dai language, is a place where the senior Buddhist monks giving sutra, repenting, Read More>>
Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden Located in Menglun town of Menglai county around 80km away from Jinghong city, Menglun tropical botanical garden is the largest tropical botanical garden in China.- Read More>>
The Dai Ethnic Garden The Dai Ethnic Garden is in Ganlan basin 30km away from Jinghong city. In the garden is a natural Dai village. The villagers are all hospitable and friendly. Tourists can stay overnight in a Dai household,--- Read More>>
Olive Dam Local Dai people call the Ganlan Basin the " peacock's tail ", meaning the most beautiful part of Xishuangbanna. " No trip to Xishuangbanna is complete without a visit to Ganlan Basin ", as the popular saying goes. The Ganlan Basin (Ganlanba) Read More>>
Mange Buddhist The Man Ge Buddhist Temple is also called "Wa Zha La Tan Man Ge" in the Dai language, which means the central Buddhist temple of Man Ge. Facing the east, the temple is very grand with wooden roof-beams, thick eaves and tiled-roof. ..Read More>>
The Garden of Ethnic Cultures Located in Jinghong city, the Garden of Ethnic Cultures exhibits ethnic cultures of Dai, Hanis, Lahu, Jinuo, Yao, Bulang and some other ethnic groups. Through the display of articles and utensils of the house of each group, Read More>>
Air Corridor,Xishuangbanna The wonderful "Air Corridor" located in forest of Mengla, a county on the frontier between China and Laos and belongs to the well-known Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Read More>>
Daluo River Daluo River is ocated in the development area of the provincial port-Da Luo Town, 4 km from the town government, about 1km from the 219-218 boundary marker between China and Myanmar,3kms from the Fourth special region -- Read More>>
Jinuo Mountain Village Jinuo nationality is one of China's 56 nationalities charged by the State Council concluded that a single nation, population less. Only the early establishment of new China more than 3,000 now has grown to more than 20,000 people,Read More>>
Lancang River The Lancangjiang River is an international river with a total length of 4,880 kilometers.The Lancang River is the longest river flowing from north to south in China. It originates from Tanggula Mountain of Tibet. In Yunnan Province it passes through Diqing, Nujiang, Dali, Aoshan, Lincang, Sinvao and Xishuangbanna. Read More>>
The Water Splashing Festival The Water Splashing Festival is the grandest ceremonial occasion for the Dai, the De'ang and the Achang nationalities who believe in Theravada Buddhism. It is also known as the Festival for bathing Lord Buddha. The festival is related to the Buddhist legend of ----- Read More>>