Lincang Overview

Basic Information of Lincang

Chinese Name: 临沧

Key Words: City of Eternal Spring

Lincang Altitude: 450 meters- 3429 meters

Lincang Population: 2,520,000(in 2016)

Lincang Area: 24,000 Square Kilometers

Lincang Average Temperature: 19.4℃(in 2016)

Administrative Divisions

By 2016, there are 1 district, 4 counties, 3 autonomous counties in Lincang. Linxaing district(临翔区), Fengqing county(凤庆县), Yongde county(永德县), Zhenkang county(镇康县), Yun county(云县), Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County(沧源佤族自治县), Gengma Dai and Wa Autonomous County(耿马傣族佤族自治县), Shuangjiang Lahu, Wa, Bulang and Dai Autonomous County(双江拉祜族佤族布朗族傣族自治县).


Lincang city is located in the southern part of the Nushan mountain range of the Hengduan mountains, which belongs to the longitudinal valley area of west Yunnan. There are a lot of Mountains in Lincang. The highest point in the territory is the Yongde snow mountain at 3,429 meters above sea level, the lowest point is the Mengding Qingshui River at 450 meters above sea level, and the relative height difference is 2,979 meters. The topography is high in the middle, low all around, and gradually tilts from northeast to southwest.


Located at an altitude of above 1,450 meters, Lincang has a mild humid subtropical climate, remaining warm year-round. In 2016, the annual average temperature is 19.4℃. Enjoy a moderate and warm climate, you can travel throughout the year.


There are rice noddle stores everywhere. In Lincang, there are different ways of eating rice noddle, Bean powder rice noddle(稀豆粉米线), Chicken rice noddle(鸡肉米线), Beef rice noddle(牛肉米线), Braised pork rice noodle(焖肉米线) and rice noddle salad(凉米线) and so on.

Top Attractions

1. Cangyaun Cliff Painting Valley(临沧沧源崖画谷景区)

2. Wengding Village(临沧翁丁原始部落)

3. Lushi Ancient Town(临沧鲁史古镇)

4. Fengqing Gumo Village(临沧凤庆县古墨村)

5. Mengding Mangtuan Tourist Village(临沧孟定芒团旅游村)

6. Fengaing Stone Temple(临沧凤庆县石洞寺)

7. The Long Lake of  Manwan, Yun county(临沧云县漫湾百里长湖)

8. Lincang Wulao Mountain Forest Park(临沧五老山森林公园)

9. Lincang Iceland Ancient Tea garden(临沧冰岛村古茶园)

10. Cangyuan Monihei Carnival(沧源摸你黑狂欢节)

Ethnic Groups

There are 23 ethnic groups who spend their whole life in Lincang. Their traditional festivals are embodied in the local lifestyle. Lincang is the birthplace of Wa people and Tea culture. There are three minority autonomous counties, respectively dominated by Dai, Wa, Lahu and Bulang.


According to preliminary statistics, there are more than 50 Minority festivals in Lincang. Here are several distinctive minorities festivals. Such as, The New Rice Festival(新米节) of Wa ethnic minority, Monihei Carnival(摸你黑狂欢节), Bathing Festival(沐浴节) of Yi ethnic minority, Item Brain Vertical Song(目瑙纵歌).


The Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD) placed Lincang in the Yizhou shire(益州郡) after conquering the ancient Ailao Kingdom. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, it belonged to the Nanzhao and Dali states respectively.