WangTianShu Scenic Spot in Mengla County,XishuangBanna

Wangtianshu Scenic Spot

Wangtianshu Scenic Attraction is the only oasis at 21 degrees north latitude, and has been recognized internationally as China’s unique tropical rainforest. What is the most impressive in the park are the towering Shorea chinensis (Sky Trees) that are the rainforest iconic images in South and Southeast Asia. An Air Corridor (Kong Zhong Zou Lang), 2500 meters long and 36 meters high, has been built on the high canopies. It remains a challenge to both visitors and scientists. The well-protected tropical rainforest that was discovered by the Chinese reputed botanist Mr. Cai Xitao (1911-1981) and witnessed by Prince Philip of the UK, surprised many people when it was unveiled to the outside world.  With hotels and air corridor, you can travel and lodge here.

Where is Wangtianshu Scenic Spot?

Wangtianshu Scenic Attraction is located in Mengla County of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. It is 130 kilometers away from Jinghong and 370 kilometers from Luang Prabang-a world cultural heritage site of Laos.

How to Get to Wangtianshu Scenic Spot?

Take bus from Jinghong Banna Bus Station to Mengla County, run every 30 minutes, the ticket price is CNY 50. Then change a car to Wangtianshu Scenic Spot, CNY 9 for this bus.

Main Attractions

◊Wangtianshu (Sky Trees)

Wangtianshu, one of peculiar tree species in Xishuangbanna State, is distributed in Buwa and Jingpiao in Mengla County, meaning “tree that gazes upon the sky”. These trees reach 70 or 80 meters high in the air. This park north of Mengla has a rickety walkway through the canopy, running from Wangtianshu to Wangtianshu. You must first go to the Air Corridor to experience the thrilling feeling. Then you can appreciate the wonders of the nature in the tropical rainforest. Strolling in the forest, there are so many liana, epiphyte and fern, especially the cruel garrotte phenomena.

Air Corridor

The “Air Corridor” in Wangtianshu Scenic Spot is 2.5 kilometers long and 36 meters high. Connected by the bulky iron chains between Wangtianshu, the wooden road surface is laid on the corridor, with ropes protection around. It is breathtaking walking on the corridor. From the corridor, you can enjoy a bird view of the whole rainforest.

◊Cai Xitao Path

Cai Xitao came to Bubeng Village of Mengla County for study on the rainforest and find the Parashorea Cathayensis, improving the existence of rainforest in China. This path is named for the great scientist Cai Xitao.

Tropical rainforest

The rainforest exhibits a high bio-diversity beyond one’s imagination. Only the arboreal layer can be further classified into three to four detailed sub-layers. The forest is full of adnascent plants and entwining rattans which can totally extend miles if flattened. Aged stems incredibly bear clusters of blossoms and fruits. In order to get more sun light, lots of herbal plants have grown huge leaves that can shelter several people from the rain.

◊Five Spectacular Sights

There are 5 spectacular sights in the forest park: (1)-Buttressed base roots(板根); (2)-Plants strangling(绞杀); (3)-Old stem bearing blossoms and fruits(老茎怀春); (4)-Parasitic and adnascent plants(寄生附生); (5)-Drip-dip leaves(滴水叶尖).Nanla River

There is a Nanla River in the spot, legendary a place for Shakyamuni Buddha to chant sutras and pour tea. You can take a boat strolling the river, to explore the wonder of rainforest. It is unique from other scenic spots. Usually need 40RMB for one-way boating.

Recommended Tours

3 Days XishuangBanna Hiking Tour to Yao Ethnic Village and The Air Corridor

7 Days Yunnan Family Tour and Student Education with Xishuangbanna Tropical Forest Adventure and Minorities Discovery

Best Time to Visit

Belonging to tropical rainforest climate, Xishuangbanna’s dry season is from November to April the next year and rainy season is from May to October. With annual average temperature of 21c, it has long summer and no winter. With cool and pleasant four seasons, the best time for traveling Xishuangbanna is from October to April the next year. 

  • The Water-Splashing Festival, the most important festival for the Dai People to celebrate New Year, is usually celebrated in the middle of April.
  • Try to avoid Chinese public holidays, such as Labor Day (May 1st to 3rd) and National Day (October 1st to 7th). It is recommended that you start your day early so as to avoid crowds.

Nearby Attraction 

Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (Chinese name: 西双版纳热带植物园) 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. 

Useful Travel Tips

It is better to prepare some mosquito products and sun block in case of insects and sunlight.

Respect the local customs of Dai and other minorities.

●The Alianya Water-Splashing Show

The Water-Splashing Festival, New Years Day by Dai calendar, will be celebrated in the Jinghong City Proper between April 12 and 18. The grandest festival of the Dai is usually held along with activities such as dragon-boat racing, sending off skyrockets, and throwing love pouches. It is believed that everyone being splashed at will have good luck. There is a Water-Splashing show in the spot every day. Tourist will have a happy experience to join them.

●Wifi covering

The most convenient of the spot is 80% of the spot covered with WIFI, and the internet speed is very good. You can use the internet without considering PB per month.  This is very rare in the domestic scenic spots.