Located in the southern tropics of China, Xishuangbanna is covered with dense rainforest. It is the hometown of the Dai peoples and 24 other ethnic minorities with beautiful traditional costumes in bright colours. As one of the shining jewels of Yunnan, Xishuangbanna has so many interesting places to visit: from temples to gardens, markets, festivals and more.
Every Saturday morning, a local farmers' market gathers a diversity of people from the surrounding villages who come wearing their traditional costumes to sell their fresh vegetables and fruits, handcrafted knittings, colourful costumes and more.
Manzhao Village is known for its ancient craft of paper-making. Every family in the village makes paper in the courtyards of their homes, utilising original paper-making techniques that date back 1,800 years. Travellers are welcome to step in for a closer look at the paper-making process.
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 areas, folk culture display areas, bird park and butterfly park. Price: RMB 68 per adult 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, 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 where everyone gets splashed or sprinkled with water. When: April