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Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located in southwest Yunnan Province, with Jinghong city is the capital city. Being next to Thailand and Vietnam, Xishuangbanna is famous for its magical natural scenery of tropical rain forest and ethnic minorities’ charms. Although Xishuangbanna is about 600 kilometers (373 miles) from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, it can be reachable by air and coach.
Jinghong Airport, also named Xishuangbanna Airport, is located in Jinghong city, being about 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest from urban area. It has opened 18 domestic airlines and 3 international airlines, connecting Xishuangbanna with domestic cities of Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Beijing, Guiyang, Urumqi, Wuhan, Changsha, Mangshi and Shangri-La, and foreign cities of Bangkok and Chiengmai in Thailand and Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos.
The highway network is okay, with national road 213 and 214 converging in Jinghong City. The highway network covers most of villages and towns in Xishuangbanna, and there are 3 highways connecting Xishuangnanna with Burma and Thailand.
There are 3 long-distance bus stations in Jinghong City: Jinghong North Long-Distance Bus Station, Jinghong South Long-Distance Bus Station and Jinghong Long-Distance Bus Station. Jinghong North Long-Distance Bus Station is the largest one, and international schedule buses to Laos are available in Jinghong South Long-Distance Bus Station. The scenic spots are not concentrated. There are buses departing to every county, town and most scenic spots in Xishuangbanna. Passengers should read the sign on the bus and the bus route carefully, in case of taking a wrong bus.
Xishuangbana is about 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. Because the road consists of many turns and mountain road, it takes more time to finish the course, about 18 hours. Most long-distance coaches running from Kunming to Xishuangbanna are set off night sleeping cars. Everyday there are about 20 long-distance coaches departing to Xishuangbanna. The ticket price is 145 yuan and it takes 18 hours; while the ticket price for a high-speed coach is 150 yuan with 16-hour drive.
The flag-down fee for taking a taxi in Jinghong City is 5 yuan, for distances over 2 kilometers (about 1 mile), 1.8 yuan is charged for each additional kilometer.
There are three bus routes in Jinghong City, and most scenic spots inside the city are reachable by bus. Bus route 1 runs between Minhang Crossing and Jingde Road (景德路民航路口, facing to Civil Aviation Ticket Office) to Jinghong Airport, and the ticket price is 2 yuan. Bus route 2 runs between Jinghong Port (景洪港) and Ga Dong (嘎栋), passing Tropical Flowers Garden (热带花卉园) and Medicinal Pant Garden (药用植物园), and the ticket fee is 2 yuan. Bus route 3 runs between the Crossing of Jinghong North Road and Galan North Road (景洪北路嘎兰北路交叉口) and Manting Park (曼听公园) and Banna Long-Distance Bus Station (or Jinghong Long-Distance Bus Station, 版纳客运站).