The Manfeilong Pagodas are one of the tourist attractions around Xishuangbanna in Southwest China's Yunnan Province. They are Buddhist Stupas that are said to have been built in the early 1200s AD. There is one central stupa that measures 16.29 meters or 60 feet tall; and eight smaller ones encircle it and measure 9.1 meters or 30 feet tall.
The stupas sit on top of a hill called Manfeilong. Tourists like to walk up a path where they can see some jungle on the hill and rubber plantations below. The walk up takes 20 or 30 minutes. There is a stairway with 200 steps.
The Manfeilong Pagodas (曼飞龙佛塔) are south of Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州). These stupas are often called pagodas. But they are not pagodas. Pagodas are structures with floors and an internal space where people can be in. These are not meant for people to be in. Instead, statues sit in niches on the outside. It is said that the stupas have a history of almost 800 years, but there are a variety of stories about who constructed them. The site has recently been renovated.
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The Manfeilong Stupas can be reached from Jinghong. It is about 70 kilometers south of Jinghong, and it is only a few kilometers from the Burmese border. You can take the bus from Jinghong to Damenglong where the hill is. Buses run every 30 minutes. The fare is about 10 RMB or 1.5 USD.
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I updated this article on November 6, 2012
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