Honghe Overview

Chinese Name: 红河哈尼族彝族自治州 English IPA: Hong He Location: Southeast of Yunnan Population (city): 4,681,000 Language: Southwest Dialect, Hani and Yi Language Zip code: 661100 Tel code: 0873 Time zone: UTC+8

At the southern feet of the high and precipitous Ailao Mountains, there extends a vast stretch of beautiful, richly-endowed and mystical land. It is Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, much alike a piece of green precious stone inlaid at the southernmost end of China. Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture is located in the southeast of Yunnan province, China. It is a frontier ethnic minority autonomous prefecture where multi-ethnic groups live in. Within Honghe prefecture, there are political, economic, military and cultural center of south Yunnan, Mengzi; the capital of Tin in the world, Gejiu; The core area of Honghe Hani rice terraces, Yuanyang; National famous historic and cultural city, Jianshui; And two national level entry ports, Hekou and Jinshuihe. Honghe has tin culture, ceramic culture and terraced culture. It is the epitome of Yunnan’s economy, society, humanity and nature, is the birthplace of Yunnan’s modern industry, as well as China’s the landway passage and bridgehead towards asean.

Highlights of Honghe:

  • Abundant Tourist Resources: There are abundant tourist resources in Honghe, including Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces(Laohuzui Rice Terrace, Duoyishu Rice terrace and Longshuba Rice Terrace), Jianshui Ancient Town, Jianshui Confucius Temple, Ancient Alu Cave, Shengcun Market, etc. In 2013, the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces were listed as the 45th World Heritage Site in China.
  • Diverse Cultures: Honghe features various cultures, such as terraced culture, tin culture, ceramic culture, ethnic culture, etc. Hani rice terraces, Hani culture, Jianshui purple pottery and Yunnan tin industry are well-known. Many ethnic minorities live in Honghe Prefecture, such as Hani, Yi, Dai, Miao and Zhuang. Main ethnic markets in Honghe include Xinjie market, Shengcun market, Laomeng market, etc. During the market day, you can see different ethnic customs and costumes, experience the true life of these minorities and buy featured products.
  • A Heaven for Photographers: Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are the system of Hani rice-growing terraces located in Honghe prefecture. The terraces’ history spans around 1300 years. Every year, a crowd of photographers are attracted by the spectacular view of Hani rice terraces like sunrise, sunset, sea of cloud. More and more people admire the charm of Honghe Hani rice terraces.

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Honghe Attractions

Located in the southeast of Yunnan province, Honghe is an ancient and mysterious land with a very long history. Attractions in Honghe is unique and stunning. Nowadays, Honghe has become a famous tourist destination with abundant scenic spots, numerous historic places of interest and profound terraced culture, in particular, Yuanyang county and Jianshui county in Honghe prefecture. More and more tourists from home and abroad visit Yuanyang Hani Rice Terrace and Jianshui Ancient Town.  Top Attractions Honghe is one of the important tourist destinations in [...]

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Honghe Tours

Honghe tours usually include the popular tourist destinations in Yunnan like Kunming and Shilin, as well as Jianshui and Yuanyang within Honghe prefecture. Kunming-Jianshui-Yuanyang tour is one of the classic routes in Yunnan. In order to visit as many tourist attractions as possible and avoid wasting too much time, a reasonable tour package is needed. It is recommended to stay at least 2 days to visit the classic must-see scenic spots in Honghe and appreciate its unique scenery. In [...]

Climate & When to Go

Climate & When to Go, Honghe , China Climate & When to Go

The information on Honghe climate could be helpful for preparing a Yunnan travel. Honghe Prefecture lies in subtropical plateau humid monsoon climate area with a low latitude. Types of climate are diverse because of the atmospheric circulation and complex terrain conditions. It features an unique plateau three-dimensional climate.  Honghe Climate Features Honghe Precipitation In the Prefecture, the four seasons are not very clear, but the difference between dry and rainy season is notable. The rainfall in rainy season [...]

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Transportation, Honghe , China Transportation

Since long-distance buses and trains to Honghe are available, transportation in Honghe prefecture is relatively convenient. But road is still the main mode of transportation into Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, especially to Yuanyang.  How to Get to Honghe At present, the main transportation means to get to and get away Honghe prefecture is long-distance bus. Surely, tourist can also take trains to Mengzi, Jianshui and Hekou County. There is no airport in Honghe currently.  By Long-distance Bus Long-distance bus travel is the main [...]

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Festivals and Activities

Honghe Festivals and Activities include a brief introduction of main festivals and activities in Honghe prefecture, and tell travelers what to do during Honghe Festivals Tours. As the main minority inhabited in Honghe, Hani and Yi people created brilliant culture and customs, among which the unique ethnic festivals of Hani enjoy high reputation and attract a crowd of tourists.  Festivals in Honghe Besides some Chinese traditional festivals, like New Year's Day (January 1), Spring Festival (usually in late Jan. or early Feb.; January 25, 2020), Lantern Festival (The 15th [...]

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Travel Tips

As one of popular tourist destinations in Yunnan Province, there are increasingly foreign and domestic travelers in Honghe Prefecture, especially Yuanyang and Jianshui. To have a better travel experience in Honghe, here are some useful Honghe travel tips which may be helpful for your Honghe tour. When plan your trip to Honghe, view our answers to questions about Honghe travel to get better understanding of Honghe Yunnan. Useful Numbers Here below are some useful numbers in Honghe prefecture, in case the emergency [...]

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Useful Maps

To help you have a better understanding of Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous prefecture during your Yunnan travel, we have collected some useful Honghe maps including Honghe location map, Honghe regional map, Honghe tourists attractions map, Honghe prefecture map, Honghe transportation map, Honghe travel map, etc, through which you can probably know how to get to Honghe prefecture and what to discover there. Honghe is located in the southeast of Yunnan, nearly 265 kilometers from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. It is connected with [...]

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Honghe Accommodation

With economic and tourism development, there are more and more hotels in Honghe. Therefore, Honghe accommodation is convenient and it is quite convenient to find ideal hotels of your own favorite. Among so many Honghe hotels, you can choose to stay around scenic spots for the convenience of sightseeing, or stay around railway station and bus station for being convenient to go out. Here we have picked some hotels to help you stay in Honghe with great comfort and leisure. The [...]

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