Xishuangbanna Travel Guide

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Xishuangbanna Facts:

Full Name: Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture
Chinese Name: 西双版纳傣族自治州 (xī shuāng bǎn nà dǎi zú zì zhì zhōu)

Location: Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located at the south end of Yunnan Province. It shares a boundary of 966 kilometers (619 miles) with Burma and Laos in the east, south and west, being a vital pass from China to indo-China Peninsular by land. 

Population: 990,000
Area: 19,700 square kilometers (7,606 square miles)
Nationalities: Dai, Han
Administrative Division: 2 counties (Menghai, Mengla); 1 county-level cities (Jinghong)
Seat of the City Government: No.6, Jinghong Road (East), Jinghong City

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0691-96927, 2122323
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: No.23, Minhang Road, Jinghong City
China Post: No.2, Jinghong Road (West), Jinghong City

Attractions - Things to Do

As the only tropical rain forest nature reserve in China, the area has surprising biological diversity in the virgin forest, particularly because it is so far away from central China and considered isolated. In religion, it is greatly influenced by Hinayana Buddhism of Southeast Asia. The enticing white masonry structure, Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda, is the quintessence of Hinayana Buddhist architecture. The main pagoda is comprised of eight small pagodas, like a cluster of bamboo shoots.

 Single-Tree Forest: A tree does not make a forest. But a nine hundred year old banyan in Daluo Town here is exception. It covers an area of 120 square meters (143.6 square yards) with over thirty stand roots. This 70-meter-high (230-feet-tall) banyan is an attractive and marvelous forest in itself. 
Wild Elephant Valley: Chinese wild elephants are only found in the virgin forest of the Wild Elephant Valley, located in the Mengyang Nature Reserve, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Jinghong. There are hostels in the elephant park. Cabins in trees on riverbank are the most perfect localities to admire the elephants. 

 Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda: It is a Hinayana Buddhist architecture complex consisted of nine masonry pagodas of all sizes. It is also known as the White Pagoda due to its pure white structure. During the Water-Sprinkling Festival, crowds of the Dai people in Manfeilong Village will gather in front of the pagoda to celebrate the New Year of the Dai Calendar. 

 Olive Dam: It is the lowest and hottest place in this area. However, its torrid climate brings rich tropical fruits and products. It consists of two stockaded villages, each of which is highlighted by an eyeful of typical Burma styled Buddhist pagodas and bamboo building of the Dai minority.  

 Other Scenic Spots: Mandian Waterfall, Xishuangbanna Tropical plant Research Insititute, Nationality Culture Park, Old Town of Yiwu   

How to Get to Xishuangbanna

1. Jinghong Airport (Xishuangbanna Airport) is located in the Gajiu Town in southern Jinghong City, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from downtown Jinghong. At present, it has direct flights to Kunming, Lijiang and Dali. There are two flights a week to Chiang Mai, Thailand. From Jinghong bus station in No.23, Jinghong Bei Lu and Xishuangbanna passenger transport service station in No.5, Minzu Lu, buses to the counties and towns of Xishuangbanna run frequently, carrying visitors to scenic spots desired.

2. There are a total of three public bus lines in Jinghong city proper. All the scenic spots and passenger transport stations inside Jinghong City can be reached by bus. Recently, renting a bicycle while visiting a city has gained popularity. As Jinghong city is not very big, seeing the city by bicycle would be pleasant and convenient.



The weather in this region is a combination of continental and oceanic climates with an annual average temperature of 18-22℃ (64.4-71.6℉). The coldest November is similar to the middle of summer in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River; thereby, Xishuangbanna is reputed as a happy land without winter. Generally, there are only two seasons. May to October is the rainy season and November to April is the dry season. Although it is an all-year-round tourist destination, the weather is most favourable from November to April. However since the roads conditions are excellent, this place is also a popular destination during the rainy season.       

Xishuangbanna Travel Tips

 History: To the Dai people, Xishuangbanna was known as 'Mengbanaxi' in ancient times, a name that means a miraculous and nice utopia. It had been a settlement where 13 ethnic minorities have lived in tight-knit communities for generations. The Jino ethnic minority is peculiar to the prefecture. 

 Physical Features: Located in the south extension of the Hengduan Mountains, over ninety-five percent of the area's territory is occupied by mountains and hills. Most of the prefecture is below the altitude of 1,500 meters (4921 feet). Jinghong City is only 550 meters (1804 feet) above the sea level. The Lancang River runs through the prefecture and when it passes through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, it is known as the Mekong River.      

 Special Local Products: tea, coffee, tropical fruit, herbs, Yunnan tobacco

 Local Highlights: The Water-sprinkling Festival is New Year's Day for the Dai, and is the most important and grandest festival of the year. It lasts three days from 13th to 15th, April (the sixth month of the Dai Calendar). Dai people dip branches into the river and sprinkle the water onto others as a way to express their best wishes. In addition, the festivals of the Hani, Jino and Yao ethnic minorities are also delightful part of local ethnic customs.

- Last modified on Dec. 23, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xishuangbanna Travel
Asked by Matian from CROATIA / CHINA | Dec. 19, 2018 06:10Reply
I want to visit Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Xishuangbanna from Beijing.
Do you have an idea on the possible route? What city is best to visit first? Thank you!
Answers (5)
Answered by Pandora from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 20, 2018 00:55

You are advised to do the following route:
Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Xishuangbanna
Most tourists will choose this route. :)
Answered by Matian from CROATIA / CHINA | Dec. 20, 2018 01:36

So you advise getting back down from Xishuangbanna from Lijiang?
Answered by Pandora | Dec. 20, 2018 17:09

You are advised to go back to Beijing from Lijiang. After touring around Xishuangbanna, you can go back to Lijiang first. :)
Answered by Matian from CROATIA / CHINA | Dec. 21, 2018 02:36

So you advise Beijing - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Xishuangbanna - Lijiang - Beijing? How to get from Xishuangbanna to Lijiang and how long does it take? Thank you!
Answered by Pandora | Dec. 23, 2018 19:02

Yes. From Xishuangbanna to Lijiang, you can just take the direct flight. The duration is only about an hour.
Asked by Henry Ng from SINGAPORE | Sep. 06, 2017 03:42Reply
How to go to Jinghong airport from Singapore?
Is there any direct flight to Jinghong airport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Johnson from ITALY | Sep. 06, 2017 22:29

Oh, no direct plane is available. You should fly to Kunming first and it takes about 4h. Then take another plane to Jinghong Airport.
Asked by maria from SINGAPORE | Oct. 06, 2016 03:11Reply
place that could be visit for the elderly with wheelchair
hi, my father is 87 old now, he often ask us to bring him to Xishuangbanna, but his leg is too weak to walk around, he needs a wheelchair, we plan to visit the place in Christmas , during 23 - 30 Dec, what are the most see place you suggest ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelson from RUSSIA | Oct. 07, 2016 02:15

Generally, it is not that hard to travel there with wheelchair. The roads and attractions are wheelchair accessible. Since your father insists in going, don't disappoint him. The Manfeilong Pagoda and Wild Elephant Valley are recommended. The latter is a must-see.
Asked by Tom from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 21, 2016 00:03Reply
are there direct buses from Yuanyang (terrace fields) for Jinghong or Xishuangbanna?
where and how to catch a cargo boat at Jinghong for Chiang Saen?
Thanks in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Ali from GERMANY | Jun. 22, 2016 02:41

As I know, you can take a direct bus to Jinghong. The bus departs at 16:00, and the fare is CNY 150.

You can take a bus to Guanlei Port, and then catch a cargo boat for Chiang Saen. It costs CNY 800 per person. :)
Asked by sunny from BANGLADESH | Nov. 17, 2015 06:41Reply
how to travel by road from Jinghong to Luang Namtha?
Hello, I am planning to visit Laos by road from Jinghong (xi shuang ban na). I will fly from Hangzhou to jinghong on next week. could you please let me know after arriving to Jinghong, from which bus station i should take bus to Mangla? also wanna know from Jinghong airport how to reach bus station? is there any airport bus directly goes to bus station? thank you.
Answers (7)
Answered by Kikina from SINGAPORE | Nov. 19, 2015 01:56

Hi, you should go to Jinghong Bus Station to take a direct bus to Mengla and buses are available at 07:10, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00 and 11:10. The bus station is only around 7km from the airport. You can take a taxi to reach easily at a cost of CNY15-20. Upon getting Mengla, you need to transfer to another long-distance bus to Luang Namtha.
Answered by Padme Dorje from CHINA | Nov. 19, 2015 07:04

You can get a bus from Jing Hong direct to "Nan Ta," the Chinese name for Luang Namtha. But you have to find the correct bus station (Jing Hong has 4). I have never found a bus from the airport to the bus stations.
Answered by Sunny from BANGLADESH | Nov. 19, 2015 11:37

Thanks a lot for your reply. But could you please tell me which bus station I need to go?
Answered by Li Ming from CHINA | Nov. 19, 2015 19:55

You need to go to the Jinghong Bus Station at no. 16, on Mengle Avenue, in the center of the city.
Answered by Sunny from BANGLADESH | Nov. 19, 2015 21:36

Thank you so much for your kind reply.
Answered by Sunny from BANGLADESH | Nov. 19, 2015 21:52

Is it 景洪客运汽车站 or how to write in Chinese?
Answered by Li Ming from CHINA | Nov. 19, 2015 23:38

It is “景洪客运站” for your reference. Have a wonderful trip!
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