Jinghong Travel Guide

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Jinghong Things to Do

  • Dai house near Galanba

    by mke1963 Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Jinghong is actually a fairly small town, but the surrounding region is great for walking and exploring the forest reserves.
    Separate review pages have been done for Sanchahe (actually the VT Sanchahe is in the north of Yunnan, but what the hell!), Menglun (for the amazing botanical gardens), Galanba (still to come!) and Mengyang (still to come!)

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Jinghong Restaurants

  • Breakfast

    My National Geographic book guide had good references about this place. So, It was the first café I entered when arrived from Kunming by a sleeper bus. They offer good breakfasts.About tourist information, I prefer and recomend Mekong Café.

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  • Local refreshment

    It's very nice to drink this right after you eat the spicy mango (with chilli powder, salt, sugar etc). (RMB1)There is also another choice of fruit - cucumber. Mixed with soy sauce, salt, sugar etc. (RMB1)The stall is usually manned by a woman. The drink is served in a bowl.With a big piece of ice, rose sugar, some kind of transparent jelly,...

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  • Very quiet and lazy place

    This place is really small, really very small, with walls painted rustic red.We had some local dishes including a Thai vege curry, which was ok. Don't remember.

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  • All backpackers go there

    It gives you a nice feeling especially if you backpack. There is a long chair with soft cushion for your bumps once you sit on it you don't feel like moving anymore.The place is tastefully furnished.Travel information neatly compiled in a file.Free use of broadband internet upstairs.Bicycles available for rent at RMB20 per day. There is a Burmese...

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  • Authentic Thai food

    Clean. Waitresses look Thai and do not speak much mandarin either.Menu in English which makes things easy.The place is absolutely packed with Thai customers in the evening starting from 6pm. Tom Yum Gung. Excellent for only RMB 25, plenty of prawns, served in a tin hot-pot which allows for coal to be put in the middle.

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  • Open terrace upstairs...see the world go...

    We didn't like James Cafe. Although pre-dating Mei-Meis and Forest Cafe, James Cafe seems to have lost its way. The staff hang around bored and are more interested in what is going on outside in the street. It also seemed expensive. We didn't have the same sense of being in a travellers den as in the other two; perhaps we were expecting too much.To...

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  • On the north side of the roundabout....

    Mei-Mei's is one of a selection of restaurants and cafes near the big roundabout that attract much of the Western travellers through the town.The reason is that they understand, shall we say, Western dining: it isn't neon-lit, it isn't a massive barn of a restaurant, the staff don't hover over you while you think asbout what you want to order, they...

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  • Pancakes, Bags, Jewellery, Trekking and...

    The Forest Cafe, like Mei-Mei's opposite, is an institution in Jinghong. Owned solely by the charismatic Sarah, since she bought out her two original co-investors, it sits in the 'bacpacker centre' of the town.Sarah's real interest lies in trekking and in studying the ethnic minorities in the region, and she is able to communicate with many of the...

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  • Burger and Fries Fix

    This is about the only place in Yunnan, other than Kunming, where you can get a good burger and fries.

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Jinghong Transportation

  • Airplane from Jinghong to Kunming

    Only 50 min. by airplane connects Jinghong to Kunming, instead of 10h by sleeper bus.If you are lucky, you can travel by airplane for only 280-340 CNY.I bought the ticket at the Ticketing Office, and I payed 340 CNY [60% off the normal fare]. Later, a travel agency informed 280 CNY. In both fares all taxes are included.

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  • Rent bicycles

    Super cheap, if you want to rent bicycles, at the bus station, near the toilet, a young man rent bicycles at less than 10yuan. Just grab one and you can explore the city, not really that big, bicycles are more than enough.

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  • Bus Station

    There are two bus stations here in Jinghong, south and north. I have been to both, to north Dali and south Mengla. Bus fares are super cheap but ermm..the way local passengers spittings are beyong your imagination, but that's okay, small matter.

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Jinghong Local Customs

  • Lychees

    Women in Jinghong wears very casually in anything that suits them. At the back are lychees if not mistaken while corns are being selected for better display more marketable value to earn a living.

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  • 'everybody invloved tip'

    This 'everybody invloved tip' gave readers an overall view of the early market from a certain wider angle with that lady in orange-pinkish full dress obviously catching the most attention while elder citizen in grey black taking number two spot. Dot-dot aunty third and forth places went to the assguy in light blue.

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  • Watermelon tip

    Watermelon tip comes with a Jinghongese woman in blue top with sarong eating some fruits not bird's seeds while sitting with her is a sack of fertilizer and two fatty woven baskets while pineapples as supporting role lying in between while a man partly seen sitting in black shorts waiting with bicycles tricycles all together involves as a solid...

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Jinghong Tourist Traps

  • Ripoffs

    Jinghong in general can be summarised as a giant tourist rip off. Almost all of the 'attractions' have absurdly high entrance fees of RMB100-200, often for very little to see. The Dai Ethnic Park and Jinuo Ethnic Village are the worst two examples. These places are very much geared to Chinese tour groups, with little other than cynical shows or sad...

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  • The disgraceful Ethnic Minorities Park

    We had wanted to see some of the houses, clothes and handicrafts of some of the minorities whose villages we had not managed to visit, but this park is a complete waste of money.The reconstructed houses are inaccurate and poor quality, and staffed by ignorant attendants (since when did the Bulang wear mini-skirts and high heels?). The place is...

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Jinghong Off The Beaten Path

  • Venture into a Dai village

    We walked into a Dai village, observed in amazement the houses of the Dai people, built on stilts, and saw most beautiful fruit trees including,1) papaya2) ginger3) pamelo4) jackfruit5) mango6) yam - as shown in the picture. The big leaves.And I wonder why they hang all the corns.

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  • Corn fields

    Many farmers. Corn seems to be some kind of staple. Most village houses have corns hanging on the horizontal post just underneath the floorboards. The houses are on stilts.

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  • Rice fields

    The name Xishuang Banna actually is a corrupted translation from the Thai language. Sip Song means twelve ( ten two), and Banna apparently means rice fields.Go to the outskirts and enjoy these rice fields view fully. Yup, they are planted in the water.

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Jinghong Favorites

  • Civic-minded

    Not to dump garbage is written by red paint on the wall. I saw quite many spots they wrote this notice to help encouraging more environment care in this town of Jinghong, very good.

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  • Civic-minded

    I snap this picture from the wall here, it says 'public cleaniness taking care by everybody'. Seemed like they have the heart to take good care of their hometown and couuntry, a good sign and kindness to all.

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  • First time to the village

    Snap from the minority's village in year 2002, my first trip with a gang of five. I visited their house and sit with them taking many photos as well as drinking tea with them and listening to their village talk. The young lady that spoken to me was a modern girl where she already worked in the city but still come back to stay with her family, she...

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