Located in the south of Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna borders Laos and Myanmar and is close to Thailand and Vietnam. Thanks to its tropical monsoon climate, it’s a kingdom of wildlife, including many rare and endangered species. It’s a great place for winter escapes in China!
We have arranged Xishuangbanna’s top 12 attractions in three themes: tropical nature discovery, Dai culture, and Buddhist atmosphere.
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Tropical Nature Discovery:
1. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
This tropical paradise is the richest collection of botanical species in China, perfect for a rainforest overnight stay.
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2. Wild Elephant Valley (Gajah Liar Valley)
The only place to see wild Asian elephants in China has rare elephant sub-species and great rainforest views.
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3. Wangtianshu Scenic Area
Have the marvelous experience of a bird's-eye view of the rainforest from the “world’s highest tree-canopy air corridor”, which is hung on tall trees.
4. Xishuangbanna Tropical Flower and Plants Garden
Abundant tropical flowers of more than 300 species and amazing fruits are a feast for your eyes.
5. Peacock Garden (Xishuangbanna Primeval Forest Park)
Inside Xishuangbanna Primeval Forest Park, you can enjoy the view of hundreds of peacocks gathering.
Immerse Yourself in Dai Culture:
6. Dai Minority Park
Visit Dai ethnic villages, experience the Water-Splashing Festival, and see Manchunman Ancient Buddhist Temple.
7. Manting Park
See the most ancient imperial garden in Xishuangbanna, which used to serve the Dai Kingdom.
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8. Gaozhuang Starlight Night Market
This neon world near the giant golden pagodas is a charming place for a leisurely stroll and a hunt for local goods.
9. Nuogang (糯岗) Dai Water Village
Isolated, picturesque Dai Water Village is where the most authentic Dai and Bulong ethnicities’ lifestyle is best preserved.
Embrace the Buddhist Atmosphere:
10. Zong Buddhist Monastery
The highest-level Buddhist temple in Xishuangbanna draws worshipers widely: local believers and Southeast Asians.
11. Mengle (Mange) Temple
This most sacred place for Dai people is the largest Theravada Buddhist temple in China.
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12. Manfeilong White Pagodas
Banna’s most beautiful, iconic, and popular pagodas are sacred to the Dai ethnicity.
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