Explore some of the most unique sights in Xishuangbanna
Located in the southern tropics of China, Xishuangbanna is covered with dense rainforest. It is the hometown of the Dai people and 24 other ethnic minorities, all of whom showcase beautiful traditional costumes in bright colours.
As one of the shining jewels of Yunnan, Xishuangbanna boasts a wealth of interesting attractions, from ancient temples and gardens to vibrant markets and festivals.
Every Saturday morning, this local farmers' market brings together people from the surrounding villages to sell their fresh vegetables and fruits, handcrafted knittings, colourful costumes, and more. One of the busiest markets in Xishuangbanna, it offers visitors a glimpse into the daily lives and artisanal talents of the region's residents.
Manzhao Village, a small village surrounded by tropical rainforest, is known for its ancient craft of paper-making. Every family in the village makes paper in the courtyards of their homes using original paper-making techniques that date back 1,800 years. Travellers are welcome to witness the paper-making process firsthand.
Wild Elephant Valley is a national level 4A scenic tourist spot and the only place in China where you can observe wild Asian elephants. Wild Elephant Valley features an Asian elephant species breeding centre, Asian elephant ecological observation areas, wild animal viewing zones, folk culture display areas, a bird park, and a butterfly park.
Operating Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden is a national level 5A (highest level) scenic attraction that integrates scientific research, species preservation, and popular science tourism.
The garden covers a vast expanse of 1,066 hectares and includes more than 13,000 species of tropical plants, making it China's largest botanical garden and the base for the preservation and research of tropical plant germplasm in China.
Price: RMB 68 per adult Operating Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Home to the majority of the Jinuo people, Jinuo Mountain Village showcases the rich history, culture, religion and traditional lifestyles of the Jinuo ethnic minority, the last of China's 56 ethnic groups to be officially recognised. The village is the only place in China that holds live local performances highlighting Jinuo culture. Jinuo Village has been designated the Jinuo Traditional Cultural Reserve of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. Price: RMB 260 per adult Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 4:20pm
The most important festival observed by the Dai people in Xishuangbanna, the Water Splashing Festival takes place during the Dai New Year and involves three days of celebrations and religious rituals. It ends with merrymaking on the third day when everyone partakes in splashing or sprinkling water upon each other. When: April