Jinghong is the center point of Xishuangbanna and the only actual city - although not big enough for a McDonalds (yet). I thought it was a great city. It was small enough to be walkable. The architecture was interesting, the people were interesting, the clothing was interesting. It was a weird mix of China, Laos, Burma and the west. There were also...more
There is a large Dai population in Xishuangbanna and they still live in their traditional stilt houses. You really need to leave the tourist areas and city to see them. This picture was taken in the village of Mandian. Mandian is a good choice because there is a waterfalls there, so you're not just the weirdo walking around someone's village. They...more
This was a landmark on our map, so we decided to check it out, even with no information. We went in the dry season, so didn't see any falls, just some really small rapids. However, as a person living in China, I loved it, this was the furthest away from people I've been in a long time. We walked through the village of Mandian to a dirt path. The...more
This was one of my favorite stops in Yunnan. I am not a plant person, and I couldn't identify anything (too bad all the plant signs had the Chinese and Latin names only) but still loved it. The small museum and all the maps were in English though. When you enter, you are in the Botanical Garden part, which is divided up by types of plants. The back...more
The main point of this place is not the rainforest as such, but demonstrations of the culture of the ethnic minority in this area. This place is a pleasant circular walk around an area of geniune rainforest, with various activities (e.g. firing a traditional bow and arrow) along the way. Having to give tips along the way (considering the high...more
As with other places around the Xishuangbanna area the entrance fee is absurdly high, however some credit must go to the authorities for building this place.The entire site is large, and includes a decent climb up the hill. There are some impressive temple buildings and statues, and there are resident monks. As a new facility it still feels a...more
The Dai Ethnic Village is a disgrace. Firstly the staff at the entrance gate will neglect to tell you that there is a RMB100 ticket, and point you towards the more inclusive RMB180 or RMB280 versions.The place is run down and unkempt. The aviary included a few birds, construction materials and a motorbike. Along the main walkway the is a monkey...more
For the RMB100 entrance fee there was very little to see in this place. The environment was pleasant enough, but no more so than typical parks anywhere. As I visited when there were no tour groups present the place was mostly deserted, with a performance area littered with rubbish, a totem pole of sorts and a couple of buildings with simple...more
A rather cynical tourist 'attraction', which when I was there was overcrowded with loud local tour groups. Upon entering one can take a photo with an elephant which is chained to one spot, goodness knows for how long. There are then a number of souvenir stalls selling lots of Thailand T-shirts (never mind Yunnan doesn't even border Thailand), and...more
Lanchang River (Mekong River) runs in Jinghong town. This is a view of Lanchang river from Dai Minority Village in Menghun. It's peaceful and serene. The river can be seen throughout Yunnan from Jinghong to Deqin. I heard that we can take a boat from Jinghong down to Laos. I don't know if it is true but it sounds interesting. However, I didn't...more
Fruit vendors are such a common sight today. Usually they sell pretty fresh stuff, but I don't know about what poisons are used on the fruits...
They pump, you pay. Pretty straight-forward. Some stations also offer mechanic services, but honestly, I wouldn't trust them. In Harbin my school has a driver. His Check Engine Light was on and he didn't know why. He took it to the mechanic and they couldn't tell why. When he shut off and restarted the car it went away. I thought, as we drove, that...more
Or so it seems in China... Don't be surprised to see this sight. It's a normal, everyday thing to pee your kid on the sidewalk, street or where ever you might want. At least this woman's nice enough to aim him off the street!
Watch for people and objects in the road. See the Off the Beaten Path tips for more...
But it's not uncommon t ocome across kids playing in the road. Even if you're not driving, keep a sharp eye: it's a long way down off the edge of the terrace-side roads, and the cars aren't made to wreck- no seatbelts in many of them.
Pretty much everywhere you go in this area, you'll find terraces. Lots of terraces, endless terraces. When we arrived it was planting season, or, replanting season, if you will. At this point of the growing season, they take the rice from the thickly planted seed beds and replant them farther apart in bigger paddies.more
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