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Xishuangbanna Attractions, Top Attractions in Xishuangbanna

Written by ClaireUpdated Mar. 28, 2024

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!

Immerse yourself in the customs, unique architectural style, food, costumes, and festivals of the Dai Minority. An encounter with wild elephants will top your visit beautifully.

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:

 Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

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)

Wild Elephant ValleyWild Elephant 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)

Peacock GardenPeacock Garden

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.

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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

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.

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Embrace the Buddhist Atmosphere:

10. Zong Buddhist Monastery

The highest-level Buddhist temple in Xishuangbanna draws worshipers widely: local believers and Southeast Asians.

Zong Buddhist Monastery

11. Mengle (Mange) Temple

This most sacred place for Dai people is the largest Theravada Buddhist temple in China.

12. Manfeilong White Pagodas

Manfeilong White Pagodas

Banna's most beautiful, iconic, and popular pagodas are sacred to the Dai ethnicity.

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