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Xishuangbanna minority tour

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, called Xishuangbanna, locates at the southern part of Yunnan Province. In ancient Dai language, her name means ideal and magical wonderland. Xishuangbanna is famed with her mystical tropical rain forests and minority folk custom. The Water-Sprinkling Festival in mid April attracts many travelers from home and abroad. 

The scenic spots are Primitive Forests Park, Menglun Tropical Plant Garden, Lancang River, Manfeilong Pagoda, Peacock Lake, Olive Basin, Wild Elephants Valley, etc. 

Xishuangbanna Gasa International airport is second largest airport in Yunnan Province. There are many flights between here to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, and overseas cities, such as Bangkok and Luang Prabang. 

Travelers can visit Xishuangbanna at any time, any season. She is one of the few places having no winter in Yunnan Province. In a whole year, Xishuangbanna has only dry season and rain season, with average temperature of 16 degree centigrade. If it has to find the best time, November to next April is recommended with comfortable temperature. However, if travelers come in June to September, they are able to taste the tropical fruits, which are extremely cheap. 

Recommended itineraries:
DAY 1 Meet your guide at the airport or your hotel in Jinghong, the gateway of Xishuangbanna prefecture, the tropical region of China. First have some city tour in the area. Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 2 Breakfast at hotel. Drive 50km to the Valley of Liusha River through lush tropical forest to Menghai. Visit the Tea Factory. After lunch at local restaurant, visit Jingzhen Octagonal pavilion, Return to Jinghongt.

DAY 3 Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy tropical view along the Mekong River, see local market in Ganlanba. Visit typical Dai villages with their houses build on stilts, worship Buddha in their Hynayana temple, and observe true life of these minority farmers. On the way from Jinghong to Menglun, Aini is visited on previous day. See Menglun tropical botanical garden, hosting the largest variety of Tropical plants growing in Xishungbanna. Drive back to Jinghong, Visit Jinuo Minortiy, the last nationality acknowledged by Chinese Government.

DAY 4 Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the Wild elephant valley around 40 kilometers from Jinghong, observation spot of tropical wildlife. Drive to Mengyang, visit villages of Han Dai and Colorful-wasted Dai. Back to Jinghong on late afternoon. 

DAY 5 Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure before transfer to Jinghong airport for your flight to next destination.