Jinghong Travel Guide

  • Lake in central Jinhong
    Lake in central Jinhong
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  • Tea harvest near Jinhong
    Tea harvest near Jinhong
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    The staff member in question
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Jinghong Things to Do

  • Manting Park

    This is a large park in Jinghong. It has everything, temples, more temples, souvenirs, a lake, paddle boats, a small zoo, and even some zip-line thing across the lake. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. There might have been a sign for a 40RMB entrance fee, but we walked past it and the dozing workers . . .

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  • Mekong in Jinghong

    Here Mekong is known as Lancang and it divides city in two pieces, although most of activities and construction happens on its right bank.In dry season its shores expose large areas of gravel and you can walk hundreds of meters to get close to the water. Here you can see growing new hotels and promenades, many of them keeping traditional Banna...

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  • Zhuanghong street

    This is lively street in the city centre with small and friendly restaurants which are best places to eat local and cheap food and also there are a few Muslim restaurants too (excellent ones from Uygur region). Another section of the street I called 'burmese' market street because it makes you feel you're in Burma. This is pedestrian part with many...

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  • Temple in Jingzhen

    After you saw Octagonal Pavilion you shouldn't leave the site without seeing the temple which is next to it. It's interesting to study the mural paintings from Buddhist stories on good and bad: but some scenes (those from Hell) are in very bad shape though you can imagine these horrors: hot water poured in mouth of sinner, and hand cut off from...

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  • Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen

    Octagonal Pavilion is the old building in small town of Jingzhen, some 14 km from Menghai. Sources say it was built in 1701, then destroyed during the war in 19th century and perfectly rebuilt in 1981 to its present shape. It's one of the most interesting sites in Xixuanbanna - it's symetrical shape and decorations of plants and animals are done...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Walk

    It costs about 50 yuan to get in, per person. If you want to stay the night in the park, the ticket's good for the next day (or however many days you're staying, I guess.)If you do go, there’s a path that leads through the park to the elevated pathway, the hotel and the museum. It also leads to the cableway. They say not to walk the path between...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley BAD IDEA

    Look, I know it feels good to give animals food. Don't do it. This is a standard message for any zoo, park, or place where humans come into contact with wild animals. Don't chase after bears!In places where people feed the wild animals, those animals are known to be more aggressive to people... they think we have food. I watched a monkey focus it's...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Staff/Guides

    I don't know if these are the tour guides... they look like them, minus the bull horns (no chance you're ever going to see elephants- though they probably don't understand this).Anyway, they dress local. Pictured is them approaching the police station, heading toward the park entrance from inside the park. Just on the other side of the gate (behind...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Swing Thing

    For those who are more adventurous or bored with walking, you can take this swing across the creek (instead of crossing the bridge).

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Swing Thing

    For those who are more adventurous or bored with walking, you can take this swing across the creek (instead of crossing the bridge).

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Animals

    I'm not sure how they'd torture butterflies, but if there's a way... they will? I'm not sure about that, but they have a bad record. Regardless, there are many animals here other than elephants- the peacocks, wild boars, monkeys and most everything else, I believe, are at the main, southern entranceThere is an elephant show... the Lonely Planet...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Lake

    The grounds of the park entrance belie the realities- harsh treatment of the animals, scant facilities, commercialism... but they are quite beautiful, really. A lake forms part of the park around the restaurant and in another location- I can't recall exactly where this was, but I think it was just past the restaurant and animal housing.

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  • Wild Elephant Valley MERCHANDISING!

    No Chinese tourist destination is complete without its fair share of commercialism. If you want to buy souvenirs, beyond the expense of entering and staying the night, you can do so near the entrance or here, next to the museum.

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  • Wild Elephant Valle- Sanchahe

    I'm not the biggest, most ardent supporter of animal rights, and I won't tell you not to go to the Wild Elephant Valley, but I highly recommend not supporting this place. There have been many reports of the animals being tortured by the staff, which I never doubted, but when I saw one of the staff back-hand with closed fist a small bear, then...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Museum

    This museum wasn't open when we walked by it, I believe because we were on the path after hours. I can't say if it looked interesting or not. But there is a museum, though it's a 20 minute (or so) walk along the path to get to it.

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Cableway

    I'd chance the elephants before climbing into one of the colorful cable cars, considering the lack of upkeep and maintainance that seems so prevalent... If you don't want to walk the whole way (it's a nice walk) you can take the cable car/chair lift for a good part of the walk. I'm sure it's scenic, but it wasn't running when I was there.I have no...

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  • Wild Elephant Valley Signs

    There are lots of signs, even ones that suggest that making noise will make the elephants angry. This next to a Chinese road on a hill, with staff being loud as they sweep and walk… hypocrites. Anyway, if you want to see elephants, being quiet is best, but you don’t want to surprise any elephants you come across either. So, be aware.There's a...

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  • Singing and Dancing

    Just down the road from the Mekong Cafe is a performance place for singing and dancing. We didn't go in, as we just happened upon it wandering around after dinner, but it might be something somewhat interesting if you're looking for something to do.280RMB for VIP seating160RMB for first class seating120RMB for second class seating

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Jinghong Hotels

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  • Golden Zone Hotel

    No.100 Galan Middle Road, Jinghong, Yunnan, 666100, China

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Huo Fa Hotel

    No.8 Menglong Road, Jinghong, Yunnan, 666100, China

    Good for: Business

  • Sightseeing

    Xishuangbanna Resort, Jinghong, China, CN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Jinghong Restaurants

  • Gourmet dinners and the best bread in...

    Wangtianshu Restaurant & Deli offers Jinghong’s highest quality Western and Asian food.Coq Au Vin, pasta with homemade pesto and Italian thin crust pizza to the flavor of Banna - Southeast Asian dishes such as spicy salads and Dai-style chicken, it's all there.Try the homemade ice-creams and jams!Enjoy their French crepes or a more traditional...

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  • Possibly the best western food in China

    The menu has a large variety of foods from around the world. We got sandwiches and were super impressed. The bread tasted home-made. It was so good, we had to stay for dessert. The cheesecake was also wonderful and had to have been home-made. If it wasn't our last day, we would have gone back again and again. The prices were really reasonable. We...

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  • great hand made noodles and sauces

    Some excellent stuff here and one of my favourite places to eat Uygur dishes in Jinghong with hand made white and thick noodles! I have been eating here every day a few times since it was so good. If you can speak some Chinese you can order vegetarian varieties. Prices are very affordable - we usually paid less than 10 RMB per delicious vegetarian...

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Jinghong Nightlife

  • Street of Bars

    There is a whole street of bars with patios overlooking the river. A nice place to grab a few beers. I had a Beerlao from Laos.

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  • large choice of beer

    This is newly opened bar at Manting Road owned by English-Chinese couple. Were there to check out some movies on DVD and drink a few cold beers - Chinese ones - to try different varieties. They have also Russian beer (very strong one), other usual international beers and of course - Beer Lao (which isn't that hard to find in Xixuanbanna region...

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    21 Hotels in Jinghong

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Jinghong Transportation

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    by picek Updated Jul 17, 2009

    If you're travelling to other parts of Xixuanbanna (exp. Meng La, Mong La, Meng Hai .... ) from Jinghong you have to go to the Banna bus station which is in centre of city. You need to buy ticket at the counter before you board on the mini bus. Buses are okay, some are bit more tired than other and don't get overcrowded because of frequent departures; but once they leave city they will pick passengers along the way so it's good to have your own seat.
    Problem occurs if you don't like smoking as few people will always smoke on these buses and not to mention those who will vomit during ride - that's why there are always plastic bags in these buses. Locals are not used to travel often and roads are paved but winding.

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Jinghong Local Customs

  • Dai Language

    One of the first things you'll notice in Jinghong is all signs are in two languages. After asking around found out the other language is Dai. It is one of the only minority groups in China with a written language, and it is similar to Thai.

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  • Street Life

    Many people live their lives on the street- not homeless, mind you. It's just where the business is. So, here is some of the street life of Jinghong.Five images.

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  • Street Life

    Many people live their lives on the street- not homeless, mind you. It's just where the business is. So, here is some of the street life of Jinghong.

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