Lincang Travel Guide

Lincang Facts:

Chinese Name: 临沧 (lín cāng)
Location: Located in the southwest of Yunnan Province, Lincang City is so called because it sits along the Lancang River. It neighbors Puer in the east, Dali in the north and Baoshan in the west. Burma lies to the southwest of the city. Its downtown area is 610 kilometers (379 miles) from the capital city of the province, Kunming.

Population: 2,318,000  
Area: 24,469 square kilometers (9,448 square miles) 
Nationalities: Han, Wa  
Administrative Division: 1 district (Linxiang); 4 counties (Fengqing, Yunxian, Yongde, Zhenkang); 3 autonomous counties (Shuangjiang Lahu, Wa, Blang and Dai Autonomous County, Gengma Dai and Wa Autonomous County, Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County)
Seat of the City Government: 16, Nanping Xi Lu, Linxiang District

Useful Telephone Numbers: 
Tourist Complaints: 0883-2128388, 96927  
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China: 2, Houzhai, Fengxiang Town, Linxiang District
China Post: 4, Nantang Jie, Linxiang District           

Attractions - Things to Do

The Rock Paintings in Cangyuan County were created 3,000 years ago, ranking among the oldest rock paintings in the whole of China. The eleven paintings are scattered across several towns in the county. These frescoes are carved on the cliff usually 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above the sea level and depict the daily life and work of locals at the time. Activities featured include hunting, grazing and dancing. The color of the paintings has been known to change with variations in sunlight, weather and temperature.

 Lincang Tea Culture Garden: As the home of Yunnan black tea, the area has the largest tea garden and the greatest tea output in Yunnan. Its Fengqing County has more than 5,500 mu (906 acres) ancient tea plants and has done for over 3,200 years. Lingcang Tea Culture Garden is the perfect stage to demonstrate the profound cultural connotations of tea, tea drinking and tea-related folk songs specific to the area.

 Wengding Village: It is a well preserved Wa village in Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County. While here, visitors can also admire the Cloud Sea of Washan Mountain. Combining the ethnic flavor of the Wa people and fascinating natural beauty, this destination is a must for visitors traveling here. 

 Other Scenic Spots: Shitong Temple, Yongde Snow Mountain, Guangyun Buddhist Temple

How to Get to Lincang

1. Lincang Airport is located in Boshang Town on the southwestern outskirts of the city proper. Flights to Kunming have recently been increased from once a day to nine per week (there are now two flights on Tuesday and Friday). In addition, the airports of Puer and Dali now also offer flights which pass through this city. 

2. The city is a convenient stop-off point for travelers on their way to Burma. The city has three counties which border Burma: Cangyuan, Gengma and Zhenkang. Mengding Port of Gengma on the Qingshui River is also 187 kilometers (116 miles) from Lashio, one of the most important cities in Northern Burma. 

3. Lincang is about nine hours' drive from Kunming and its long-distance bus station is situated in Xinmin Jie of Linxiang District.

Weather

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The Tropic of Cancer runs across the city and lends it a subtropical climate but which also combines with the cooler climate of the adjacent mountains. Generally a warm city, Lincang has an annual average temperature of 16.8-17.7℃ (62.2-63.9℉). Enjoying favorable weather all the year round, the place is fine to visit at any season.

Lincang Travel Tips

 History: The Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD) placed Lincang in the Yizhou shire after conquering the ancient Ailao Kingdom. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, it belonged to the Nanzhao and Dali states respectively.
 
 Physical Features: The city lies at the bottom of the Hengduan Mountains and Nushan Mountain in western Yunnan. The terrain here slopes from southeast to southwest. There are many rivers which pass through or spring from here.

 Local Highlights: The Wa ethnic minority is the largest minority group in the city and two thirds of the total Wa population of Yunnan live here. Wa villages and their handmade gifts and other crafts are attractive parts of a trip here.

 Special Local Products: black tea, cane sugar, mango, Jian Pa (bag of Wa ethnic minority)

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