Xiding Thursday Market in Menghai County, XishuangBanna
Xiding Thursday Market
Every Thursday, it is busy and crowded on the street of Xiding Town. It is the marketing day of ethnic groups in a week. In the early morning, many peddlers come here and began to prepare for their commodities. Many ethnic people will come here from different villages of Xiding.
After breakfast, pay a visit to Xiding street where you can join a local market (the local market is on every Thursday) and many ethnic minorities come together for their trades, such as Dai, Wa, Bulang and Hani people. It is very popular among Chinese and foreigners, sometimes Burmese also come to the market.
The local products and crafts are the main commodities. Most of the products are taken from the high mountains, like bamboo shoot, honey, tea and wine etc. You can also buy the traditional bamboo-waving works and costume, which are made by ethnic groups.
How to Get to Xiding Thursday Market
Travelers can take mini-bus from Jinghong to Xiding, and it takes about 90 minutes. It is also advisable to rent a car with others.
Recommended Visiting Routes
Travelers can get up at 7 and get to Xiding Street at 8:30. After visiting the busy street, you can visit the ethnic villages nearby, such as the Aini, Bulang villages.
Zhanglang Bulang Ethnic Minority Village(章朗布朗古寨) is the only one Bulang ecologic museum in China. The Bulang people have been inhabitants of the area for thousands of years. Zhang is elephant, and Lang means frozen in Dai language. Zhanglang is the place of elephants getting frozen. It enjoys long history, over a thousand years. It also keep the traditional culture and historic relics completely. Zhanglang village can take you back to know more about history. It is waiting for you to discover.
Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion (Chinese name: 景真八角亭), an famous ancient Buddhism architecture in China, is one of the most important cultural relics in Xishuangbanna. Located in the Jingzhen Village, this pavilion is called Octagonal Pavilion which means a place to hold the holy religious ceremony.
Useful Travel Tips
●The market only can be seen on every Thursday.
●It is better to prepare some mosquito products and sun block in case of insects and sunlight.
●Respect the local customs of Ainiand other minorities.
●It is better to take T-shirt, short and slippers becauce it is too hot in Xishuangbanna.