Best Places to Visit XishuangBanna

As one of the key tourism cities in China, Xishuangbanna is famous for its magnificent tropical rainforest scenery and traditional minority customs. Besides, its special geographical position – borders Laos and Burma, adjacent Thailand and Vietnam, made it the important access to Southeast and South Asia and the gateway of Yunnan Province opening to the outside world. the following is best places to Visit in XishuangBanna Prefecture.

1. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden,Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden was built in 1959, is the biggest and richest botanical garden in China nowadays. Since 1996, this garden combined with former Kunming Ecological Research Institute, formed an independent research institution attached to Chinese Academy of Science. With the time goes by, it becomes a comprehensive garden that combined research, preservation and education of tropical plants together. 

2. Chunhuan Park

Its name “Chunhuan” in Dai language means “Soul”. The whole park can be divided into 8 sightseeing areas, they are National Cultural Square, Liana Zone, Tropical Orchid Garden, Peacock Garden, Lake Area and Buddhism Cultural Zone, Tree Planting Zone and Tea Garden.

3. Jinghong Primitive Forest Park

Jinghong Primitive Forest Park locates in a valley, famous for its three main characters –Primitive Forest, Wild Creature and Minority Culture. The whole park can be divided into 6 areas, which are Reception Area, Outdoor recreational Lounge, Sightseeing Area, Forest Reserve Area and Fruit Trees Area, Recreational Center, et.

4. Wild Elephant Valley Forest Park

China’s wild elephant can only be found in the tropical forest in Xishuangbanna, while Wild Elephant Valley is the very place where you many find wild Asian Elephants much easier and more frequently. It is recorded that, there are about 130 wild Asian Elephant living in this region.

Convenient traffic, unique tropical scenery and wild elephant observing, which make this park one of the most popular sites in Xishuangbanna nowadays.

5. Xishuangbanna Tropical Flowers Garden

Xishuangbanna Tropical Flower Garden is located in the Institute of Tropical Crops Science of Yunnan Province. It holds nearly 1,000 varieties of various flowers and economic plants. When you stroll through the garden, you will see a world of exotic flowers and trees and colorful plants. It is an important tourist attraction in Xishuangbanna.

6. Jinuo Mountain Village

Jinuo Mountain Village is a place where Jino people live in compact communities. It is the only place in the country where Keno culture is most comprehensively and intensively displayed. You can enjoy the performance of famous ethnic customs and experience the strong Jinuo ethnic customs while eating the local barbecue.

7. Dai Minority Garden

Xishuangbanna Dai Garden consists of five well-preserved Dai natural villages. There is also Manchun Mangu Buddhist Temple in the garden. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Xishuangbanna and has a history of more than 1400 years. The temple can hear chanting every day. The most solemn festival for Dai people in Xishuangbanna is the Water Splashing Festival. The lively scenes of the Water Splashing Festival can be felt every day in the Water Splashing Square of the Dai Garden.

8. Zongfosi Temple

The Xishuangbanna General Buddhist Temple is the center of worship for Buddhists in Xishuangbanna. It is also the highest-ranking Buddhist temple in Xishuangbanna. The grand atmosphere of the main Buddhist temple building and the exquisitely carved beams and columns connect Xishuangbanna’s main Buddhist temple with Mang ‘an Park. Tourists usually enter the main Buddhist temple from Mang ‘an Park.

There are still many scenic spots waiting for you to explore and discover!