XishuangBanna Things to Do and Attractions

Xishuangbanna attractions are famous for amazing tropical rain forest, diverse ethnic culture and biological diversity.The main attractions include Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, Manfeilong Pagodas (Tanuozhuanglong), Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion, Wild Elephant Valley and Dai Minority Garden at Ganlanba. If you are planning to travel to Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Exploration can customize Xishuangbanna tour packages for you based on your preferences.

Top Attractions in Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna is well known at home and abroad for its tropical rain forest scenery and Dai folk customs. As for the following top attractions in Xishuangbanna, Xishuangbanna Primeval Forest Park and WangTianShu Scenic Spot are the best places to have an in-depth exploration of the rain forest, moreover, you will see flocks of peacocks in the Primeval Forest Park;  Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and Xishuangbanna Tropical Flowers & Plants Garden are the right sites to learn about the biological diversity and tropical plants; Manting Park and Zongfosi Temple offer you opportunity to have a site-experience of the ancient Dai palace and Dai Buddhism culture; last but not the least, don’t forget the Wild Elephant Valley where you can have close contact with the cute Asian elephants.

Buddhist Temples and Pagodas in Xishuangbanna

The Dai people follow their traditional religion as well as Theravada Buddhism, and almost every Dai village has its own small temple, with some large and popular ones in designated places. The temples and pagodas were built and decorated in unique style. Dai Buddhist pagodas differ considerably from the corresponding pagodas of Han Chinese and Tibetan-Chinese areas.  The Dai people exercise the religion sacrifices and activities in the temples and pagodas. If you want to know about the Theravada Buddhism and the architecture art of Dai temples and pagodas, you shouldn’t miss the temples in Xishuangbanna, particularly the Zongfosi Temple, Mengle Temple, Manfeilong Pagoda and Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion.

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Mosques in Xishuangbanna

Although the majority of Dai population believe in Theravada Buddhism, there is still a small group of them following the Islam. This small group of Dai people is called “Paxi Dai” in Dai language, which means Dai people belonging to Hui ethnic group. They mainly live in Menghai County, if you are interested in the “Paxi Dai” culture, you can join a Muslim Tour in Xishuangbanna or visit the mosques in Xishuangbanna.

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Tea Mountains in Xishuangbanna

With the wide spreading fame of Puer tea, Tea Mountains are becoming popular tourist destinations for visitors to Xishuangbanna. There are many tea mountains in Xishuangbanna, among which the most famous ones are the Six Puer Tea Mountains, though the ranking remains controversial. If you are fan of Puer tea, you shouldn’t miss the Puer Tea Culture Tours.

Tea Plantations and Tea Gardens in Xishuangbanna

Tea plantation constitutes the main economic source in Menghai County, besides the sugarcane plant. Along with the economic growth brought by the Puer tea development, some of the Tea Plantations and Tea Gardens topped out for the best quality. Joining the Puer Tea Culture Tours to XishuangBanna Tea Plantations, you will get to know more about the tea trees, experience tea-picking and make tea cakes.

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Tea Factories in Xishuangbanna

The booming tea industry contributes to the development of tea factories, large and small. The following ones represent the brand tea factories in Xishuangbanna. Puer Tea Culture Tours will also take you to the tea factories where you can know more about the Puer tea processing.

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Best Places for Bird-Watching

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Ethnic Towns in Xishuangbanna

There are 13 ethnic groups living in Xishuangbanna, the ethnic towns are places where the ethnic groups taking up the majority of the population. Gelanghe Hani Ethnic Town, Bulangshan Bulang Ethnic Town, Jinuoshan Jino Ethnic Town and Xiding Hani and Bulang Ethnic Town are recommended for your ethnic culture tour.

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Traditional Ethnic Villages in Xishuangbanna

If you are attracted to Xishuangbanna for its ethnic culture, the traditional ethnic villages are places you can’t miss. Traveling to the traditional ethnic villages, you can explore the most authentic ethnic traditions which can’t be seen anywhere else.

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Ancient Towns in Xishuangbanna

The following two ancient towns were important stops along the Ancient Tea-horse Road, therefore, they are recommended for your Puer Tea Culture Tours.

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Museums and Cultural Centers in Xishuangbanna

The listed museums and cultural centers have fine collections of ethnic group development including the production tools, costumes, and folk culture, etc. You will know more about the tea culture and Ancient Tea-Horse Road through visiting the Tea Culture Museums.

Type Name  
Museum Yiwu Puer Tea Culture Museum   易武镇普洱茶文化博物馆 Xishuangbanna Nationalities Museum 西双版纳民族博物馆
Library Library of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture                    西双版纳傣族自治州图书馆 Library of Jinghong City 景洪市图书馆
Library Library of Menghai County 勐海县图书馆 Library of Mengla County 勐腊县图书馆
Cultural Center Cultural Center of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture    西双版纳傣族自治州文化馆 Cultural Center of Jinghong City 景洪市文化馆
Cultural Center Cultural Center of Menghai County 勐海县文化馆 Cultural Center of Mengla County 勐腊县文化馆

Historical & Cultural Sites in Xishuangbanna

Parks & Gardens in Xishuangbanna

City parks and gardens are places favored by local citizens to relax. Binjiang Park, Manting Park and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden are the most popular ones.

Lakes and Ponds in Xishuangbanna

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Rivers in Xishuangbanna

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Main Wharves in Xishuangbanna

Water transportation connects Xishuangbanna with Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Tourism and businesses thrives on the solid port construction. Jinghong Port is the major one in Xishuangbanna, where most of the tour and business ships depart.

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