Wild Elephant Valley


This is an elephant viewing resort in the Mengyang Nature Reserve. It is 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Jinghong. The Wild Elephant Valley measures about 900 acres. There are about 70 or 100 elephants there. There are viewing platforms where people can see the elephants and other animals. There are hostels in the elephant park. Cabins on concrete poles near the riverbank are places where people can watch them bathe or drink in the morning or evening. There is also a trained elephant show. Kids especially like this park.

Other features of the park include a peacock park, a butterfly park, and a netted bird aviary. People can feed the tamed elephants though the feeding food costs a lot. They get picked up for 10 RMB or 1.5 USD. The trained elephants also do tricks.

Elephant Valley is a main host venue for Water Splashing Festival every year. Visit Elephant Valley and attend Water Splashing Festival 2013 from April 13 to April 16!


In Xishuangbanna Prefecture in Yunnan along the Burma border, Wild Elephant Valley has about 70 to 100 wild elephants living in a protected habitat. It is a part of the Mengyang Nature Reserve. The park officials are trying to breed more. So far, several elephants have been born there. While in the park, you can see the elephants and other animals in various platforms and observation places. There is a long tram over the forest. 

China's Asian Elephants

There are said to be about 300 elephants left in 9 groups in the prefectures of Xishuangbanna, Simao, and Lincang. Some elephants still come in from across the border.

China Highlights can help you customize a tour to visit Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley and other highlights in Xishuangbanna.


213 National Road, Jinghong

The park site is about 47 kilometers north of Jinghong. A bus from the Jinghong Bus Station costs about 12 RMB or less.

Important Information

Dangers: Sometimes people get attacked by elephants in the area. A tourist was attacked here in 2008. So it is best to watch the elephants in designated places and along with the guides.

Questions and Answers About Wild Elephant Valley

Abbey Stiles 2013-09-22
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Can you ride elephants at the Wild Elephant Valley? How much does it cost?


Yes, you could ride an elephants at the Wild Elephant Valley and price is CNY 300 per person for 20 minutes.



Coco Yang replied on 2013-09-22
Confused 2013-01-06
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How can I book a stay at this location? I cant seem to find any contact information anywhere for this Reserve.
Dear Sir or Madam: Thanks for your question. There is no accommodation in the Wild Elephant Valley. It is suggested that you stay at a hotel in the city so that you can shopping around at night. For more information about hotels in Xishuangbanna, please click here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/xishuangbanna-hotels/. As a travel agency in China, we glad to arrange a tour package including tours, hotels and flights all over China. Please feel free late me know your tour dates and number of people in your group so that we can tailor-make a tour in Xishuangbanna includes the Wild Elephant Valley. Nancy Nancy Deng replied on 2013-01-07
cathy 2011-04-06
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can u please send me some more information about wild elephant valley price and how to get there or anything else about the park thanks cathy
Cathy, For the one day tour to Elephant Valley and Jinuo Village, the cost for 2 people is US$200 including English speaking guide, van and entrance and meal service. Please well note that the price will vary based on the high season (Oct. 1-7 etc) and different group size. Please feel free to cotact me via karen@chinahighlights.net for further change. For detailed information of Wild Elephant Valley, please click www.chinatravel.com link, which is the branch of China Highlights, http://www.chinatravel.com/yunnan/xishuangbanna/attraction/wild-elephant-valley/. Here I copied few: Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve consists of four sites of interest to the visitor: · An Asian Elephant Breeding Center, established in Xishuangbanna by the Chinese government's State Forestry Commission, but still under construction; · An Asian Elephant Ecological Observation Center; · The natural corridor, or ravine, where wild animals roam freely (and where the visitor may observe these animals via a cableway over the ravine), including - besides the wild elephants, of course - the bear and the water buffalo, and where there is a Python Pavilion, a Bird Park that is home to a number of rare birds, and a Butterfly Park; · And lastly, a Jinuo ethnic minority village with a tent camping facility offering campfire parties, and, for those who require a more tranquil stay, mountain huts for rent. Karen Yang replied on 2011-04-07
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