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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.
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.
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.
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.