to the border of Myanmar and Thailand, this subtropical region is
home to the Dai ethnic people.
Lowland rice fields along the banks of a broad Mekong River are
divided by rolling hills covered in virgin rainforest and interspersed
with isolated communities of Dai, Hani and Bulang minority peoples.
It is an ideal retreat for the winter when most of China is cold.
Visit authentic villages of three minorities and their homes and
stroll around the local market. Distinctive ethnic people in colorful
costumes, various local food and products and a tea plantation will
make your trip truly memorable.
On the New Year's Day for the Dai
ethnic minority, around the 13th and 15th April, the
Water-sprinkling Festival takes place. It is the most
important and grandest festival during the whole year.
In addition, the festivals of the Hani, Jino and Yao
ethnic minorities are also delightful part of Xishuangbanna's
Xishuangbanna has the only tropical
forest nature reserve in China. The great biological
diversity in the virgin forest is surprising. Furthermore,
Xishuangbanna is far away from central China. Religiously
it is mainly affected by Hinayana Buddhism of Southeast
Asia. The Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda is the quintessence
of Hinayana Buddhist architecture.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Xishuangbanna will be from October
to the next June.
Summer is too hot with too much rain.
Annual climate averages
How to get there?
Distances from Beijing and Shanghai
Beijing - Xishuangbanna: 2659km
Shanghai - Xishuangbanna: 2490km
MU5716 14:20-17:30 (from Beijing - Xishuangbanna)
FM9453 12:15-17:05 (from Shanghai Hongqiao - Xishuangbanna)
What to see
Tropical Plant Research Institute, surrounded by rivers and mountains
and containing a wealth of rare plants, trees and flowers, is one
of the major attractions of Xishuangbanna.
The picturesque Mandian Waterfall
is set amongst rainforest in a national park north west
Southeast of Jinghong on the Mekong
river lies Ganlanba, a historic Dai settlement. You
will find Dai villages, temples and rice fields and
have the possibility to discover the five local villages
of Manting, Manchunman, Man'ga, Manjiang and Manzha.
At the juncture of the western and
eastern part of the Menyang naureal reserve live most
of the wild elephants, which are symbol of good luck,
might and longevity to the Dai people. The best time
to visit Wild Elephant
Valley and see the impressive animals is at dawn
or dusk. It is locally known as the "kingdom of elephants".
The Manfeilong Pagoda was built in
year 1024. Situated on the top of a hill near Menglong
it's a famed stupa complex in Xishuangbanna.
Situated on a slope in Jingzhen Village
of Menghai, the Octagonal Pavilion represents the superb
caftmanship of the Dai Minority. It was built in 1707
and originally used as a Buddhist meeting chamber.
Book air tickets ahead of time as Xishuangbanna is very
Bring an umbrella/raincoat, insect repellant and sun-screen
Make sure you bring some nice and cool T-shirt and shorts,
also a pair of slipper. Wearing sport shoes is unbearable
there. However if you are are going hiking we recommend
bringing them along!
There are 44 ethnic groups living in Xishuangbanna,
while Dai and Hani people make up the largest part of
The most famous festival in Xishuangbanna is the Water-splashing
festival held by Dai people during their special
new year. In recent years this festival has become very
Situated in tropical area, the flavor of food in Xishuangbanna
is either sour or spicy, featured with all kinds of
Bags and brocade made by Dai people, woodcarvings, and
also red beans (love beans), which is a great gift for