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Xishuangbanna Travel Guide
Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located in the south end of Yunnan Province. It covers 19,700 square kilometers with about 990,000 Population. It is the economic and cultural center of the Dai Autonomous Prefecture.

Xishuangban is located in the south extension of the Hengduan Mountains, Xishuangbanna has over ninety-five percent of it's territory occupied by mountainous and hilly areas. Most of the prefecture is below the altitude of 1,500 meters. Xishuangbanna shares a boundary of 966 kilometers with Burma and Laos in the east, south and west, being a vital pass from China to indo-China Peninsular by land.

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Weather & Temperature
The weather of this region features a combination of continental and oceanic climate with an annual average temperature of 18-22C. The coldest November likes the summer in middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Therefore, Xishuangbanna is reputed as a happy land without winter. Generally, it only has two seasons. May to October is the rainy season and November to April the next year is the dry season. It is an all-year-round tourist destination. November to April the next year is the best season to Xishuangbanna for the favorable weather.

Yunnan Photos - the ethnic Dai's Water-Splashing Festival, China

Travel in Xishuangbanna
Its major tourist attractions include Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, Manfeilong Pagodas, Jingzhen Pavilion, Wild Elephant Gully, Dai people's village at Ganlanba, etc. The well-known traditional festival is the ethnic Dai's Water-Splashing Festival. It lasts for three days from April 13 to 15. Besides water- splashing event it also consists of some other events such as Dragon boat races, firing of indigenous missiles, flying Kongming Lamps, etc.


Dali is a tourist destination replete with every convenience in airport and buses..

By Air - Xishuangbanna Jinghong Airport is located in the Gajiu Town in southern Jinghong City, about 5 kilometers from downtown Jinghong. At present, it has direct flights to Kunming, Lijiang and Dali. There two flights a week to Chiang Mai, Thailand. From Jinghong bus station in No.23, Jinghong Road (North) and Xishuangbanna passenger transport service station in No.5, Minzu Road, buses to the countie and town of Xishuangbanna run frequently, carrying visitors to the scenic spot they want to.

By Bus - Getting to Dali by train is also convenient. the Dali Railway Station is located in Yunling Street, it can be reached by city buses No.6, 7, 8, 10, and 11. Trains run only between Dali and Kunming. There are five trains daily and travel time is about seven to nine hours. The earliest train leaves from Kunming at about 08:00 and the other four all run at night from 21:00 to 23:00.


Welcome to Xishuangnamna
It is said by the Dai people that Xishuangbanna was known as Mengbanaxi in ancient time, meaning a miraculous and nice utopia. It had been a settlement where ethnic minorities live in compact communities. Thirteen minority groups have lived there for generations. Jino ethnic minority is peculiar to the prefecture - Just to explore the Xishuangbanna for yourself!


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