Wenshan Travel Guide

Wenshan Travel Guide

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Wenshan Facts:

Chinese Name: 文山 (wén shān)
Population: 3,672,000
Area: 31,456 square kilometers (12,145 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Yunnan, southwest China
Administrative Division: 1 county-level city (Wenshan); 7 counties (Yanshan, Xichou, Malipo, Maguan, Qiubei, Guangnan, Funing)
Area Code: 0876
Zip Code: 663099
GDP (2019): CNY 108.16 billion (USD 15.68 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Zhuang, Miao, Yi, Yao

Major Producing Area of Chinese Medicine, Pseudo-Ginseng

Lying in the southeast of Yunnan Province, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture neighbors Baise of Guangxi. It is bounded on the south by Vietnam. Wenshan County, the government seat of the prefecture is about 310 kilometers (193 miles) from Kunming. Wenshan is the origin and main producing area of pseudo-ginseng, a precious traditional Chinese Medicine with the effect of promoting blood circulation, removing blood stasis and nourishing blood.

Karst caves, rolling peaks and winding rivers constitute the beautiful scenery of Wenshan. You can cruise through ponds covered by lotus and explore karst caves in Puzhehe. If you happen to come here on the Torch Festival around June of the lunar calendar, you can see many people lighting torches on the streets and enjoy the folk song and dance performances. Bamei Village, a quaint and unspoiled Zhuang settlement, affords a rare glimpse of a way of life barely seen in modern China.

Attractions - Things to Do

 Puzhehei in northwest Qiubei County is a fairyland from which visitor can have a panoramic view of clear lakes and pond full of lotus, emerald mountains and enchanting karst landscape. This charming country is also an ideal place to view the pomp in festivals of the Yao, Miao, Huang and Yi minorities. July to August is the best time to admire the most beautiful country landscape of Puzhehei, because the lotus blossoms are in their florescence.

 Bamei Village of Guangnan County has become a must go scenic spots while traveling here. Before entering the village, villagers should first pass through the watercourse in a karst cave. For most of Chinese people, this is exactly the Xanadu, a bucolic land outside the world. 

 Other Scenic Spots: Dulong Border Fair, Babao Scenic Area, Laojunshan Scenic Spot, Yuxian Lake, Xihua Park

1. Wenshan Puzhehei Airport is situated at Yanshan County, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, Wenshan Airport is 23 kilometers (14 miles) away from Wenshan City. It has direct flights from / to Shenzhen, Chengdu, Kunming and Nanning.  And airport shuttle bus travel between airport and Wenshan City.

2. Road is the backbone of local transportation. There are three main bus stations in the county:
Wenshan Prefecture bus station: Zhongling Street
Nanqiao bus station: Nanqiao Road
Beiqiao central bus station: Beiqiao Road

3. It is about four hours' drive from Kunming to Puzhehei. Visitors can make an excursion of the Puzhehei by a 20-kilometer-long (12-miles-long) watercourse. Bamei Village can be reached from Guangnan County by public bus for about forty minutes.



The prefecture enjoys a plateau monsoon climate at low altitude having distributions of six climatic types, ranging from the north subtropical zone to the middle temperate zone. It has clear dry and humid seasons. May to October is the rainy season gathering over eighty percent of local's rainfall throughout the year. Most of the region has a favorable climate without winter chilliness and summer heat. Average temperatures in January and July are respectively 6.5-13.5C (43.7-56.3F) and 17-28.5C (62.6-83.3F). May to September is the best season to visit the prefecture, but umbrella and one or two wraps are necessary in case the weather changes. 

Wenshan Travel Tips

 History: Administrative division of this area in history initiated during the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), when the emperor launched the exploitation of southwestern border area. Kingdoms set up by local ethnic minorities were conquered and replaced by counties and shires newly established by the court.

 Physical Features: This area stands in the southeast of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau backed by the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in the northwest. Mountainous region occupies nearly ninety-five percent of the prefecture's territory. The total area under cultivation only accounts for a proportion of seven percent.

 Special Local Products: pseudo ginseng (Panax notoginseng), capsicum, bamboo shoot, Zhuang brocade, Zingiber striolatum (a kind of unique vegetable in Xichou County), green tea

 Local Highlights: This place is a place inhabited by eleven ethnic minorities. Therefore, celebrating the festivals altogether with local minorities in the most interesting thing. Danu Festival is the grandest festival of the whole for the Yao ethnic minority. In addition, lotus festival, torch festival and many other local traditional celebrations are undoubtedly temptations for visitors.

- Last updated on Sep. 16, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Wenshan Travel
Asked by Emma from USA | Aug. 02, 2015 21:41Reply
Is there a bus that travels from Wenshan to Hekou?
Answers (6)
Answered by Jackie from THAILAND | Aug. 03, 2015 02:48

Yes, at the Chengbei Bus Station, direct buses to Hekou are scheduled at 06:10-11:40. It takes around 5h to arrive and the bus fare is around CNY110. The bus schedules may change a little now. You can further confirm it on the spot.
Answered by Emma from USA | Aug. 03, 2015 12:49

Thanks! Are there any later times or is it all in the morning?
Answered by Jackie from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 03, 2015 20:58

I'm afraid there is no bus in later time after 11:40. The bus duration is a bit long, about 5 hours, so it will run only in the morning.
Answered by Link from VIETNAM | Jun. 14, 2016 07:07

Any chance if you know there is any bus from Hekou to WS and its schedule, and it pass Liujing Karst Cave or not. Thank you!
Answered by Cheryl from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 15, 2016 01:11

Dear Link, I heard that the return buses are available from 5:20 to 12:50. I am afraid that the buses don't stop at the cave. You can confirm this with the staff at the Hekou Bus Station. Good luck!
Answered by Link from VIETNAM | Jun. 16, 2016 02:50

Thank you Cheryl!
Asked by Min Li from THAILAND | May. 23, 2015 23:22Reply
Could you please suggest me the location of Blue Hmong flee market in Wenshan?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from INDIA | May. 25, 2015 21:01

Do your refer to Dulong Border Market, lcoated at Maguan County, Wenshan City? If so, the market is about 5 miles far from Vietnam, and it is a Sunday Market site. Have a try.
Asked by Goebel from GERMANY | Apr. 04, 2015 13:28Reply
I am looking for flower Hmong festivals in Wenshan county
at which date and in which village
Answers (3)
Answered by Linda from IRAN | Apr. 08, 2015 20:35

Do you refer to Huashan Festival? As I know, it is usually celebrated on the 3rd, 4th anf 5th days of the first Chinese lunar month.

In Huazhuang Village, Qingshuitang Village, you can enjoy the festival.
Answered by Yer from USA | Feb. 14, 2018 10:40

Hi, did you ever find out when the Flower Hmong Festivals were?
Answered by Phill from ITALY | Feb. 25, 2018 19:31

As Linda said, it’s on the 3rd, 4th and 5th days of the first lunar month, and that’s from Feb. 18 to 20 this year.
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