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Xishuangbanna – an ideal destination for a winter holiday

By Zhiyu Wang

January 16

Xishuangbanna,situated in the southern most part of Yunnan, is one of the most-visited places in winter because of its favorable climate and unique scenery.

Xishuangbanna,situated in the southern most part of Yunnan, is one of the most-visited places in winter because of its favorable climate and unique scenery.

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture has a precious tropical rainforest climate, which endows this region with rich biodiversity. It has the only tropical rainforest nature reserve in China, and is also famous for the unique culture of the local Dai nationality. Here’s a list of the five best places in the city of Xishuangbanna selected by Chinese visitors.

1. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Sun Jihu]
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences is renowned for having the largest tropical area in China and being home to the largest variety of species in China. There are 38 specialized plant parks with about 1,400 tropical plants in total. Most of the plants are so precious that you could never see them elsewhere. Among those parks, the most attractive ones are Rainforest Nature Park (热带雨林园区), Celebrity Arboretum (名人名树园), Garden of Flowers (百花园) and Garden of Bamboos (百竹园).

Entry: 104 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

 2. Manting Imperial Garden

The Manting Imperial Garden [Image Credit:photostock.china.com.cn/Sun Jihu]
Manting Imperial Garden has a 1,300-year history, and was once the royal garden of the king of Dai. It is the oldest garden in Xishuangbanna, and is famous for its natural scenery, landscape and Dai-style architecture. It got its nickname “Soul Garden” because the beauty of the garden attracted the soul of a legendary princess of Dai. The highlights of the garden are exotic performances and a bonfire party.

Entry: 54 yuan/person to visit the garden only, and 280 yuan/person for the night performance and bonfire party.

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. for the garden

6:00 p.m.–9:40 p.m. for the night performance and bonfire party.

3. Dai Ethnicity Park

Dai Ethnicity Park [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Jie]
Dai Ethnicity Park has five of the best preserved natural Dai villages. It has become an ideal place to experience the authentic Dai customs and lifestyle. Going to Xishuangbanna for the Water-sprinkling Festival has been a must-do for tourists, and there are water-sprinkling activities in the plaza of the park every day.

Entry: 50 yuan/person

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

4. Wild Elephant Valley

Shows in the Wild Elephant Valley [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Jie]
As the only habitat of Asian elephants in China, Wild Elephant Valley provides visitors with a precious opportunity to watch these giant creatures closely. Through various activities like trained elephant’s performance and visiting the Asian Elephant Museum, you will get up close to nature. There is also a cableway for you to view the unique tropical rainforest in the valley.

Entry: 65 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

5. Jinghong Buddist Temple

Jinghong Buddist Temple [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Sun Jihu]
Among more than 500 Buddist temples of various sizes in Xishuangbanna, Jinghong Buddist Temple is the most sacred. The buildings of the temple are a blend of the architectural styles in Southeast Asia and the Central Plains of China. The hall and pagoda are the most amazing spots in the temple.

Entry: Free

Opening hours: All day

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