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“a great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna
Jinghong, China
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in Jinghong
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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“a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

One of the greatest experiences, a real travel adventure.
I was part of a foreign group invited by China Radio International, who did all the arrangements of our tour, spending 6 days in Xishuangbanna region, including Jinuan village, Hanji village and Dai Village. The trips were organized by cars and where possible by Electric assisted bicycles.
Every step was a great experience, and we discovered so many new places and cultures. The visit in the Wild Elephant Valley was a fantastic one, as we had the chance to meet some wild elephants. Also the visit in the Peacock Manor resort was great.
To conclude, Xishuangbanna is a great region for a friends tour. It surprises every hour with something new and interesting...

Visited October 2013
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“More Southeast Asian Than Chinese”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We did an 8-day cycling tour of Xishuangbanna and its surrounds during the October National day holidays and were delighted to find the usual Chinese holiday crush of people absent from the Chinese border town. In its place was beautiful rice terraces, lush banana plantations, refreshing tea hills and unbelievably warm hospitality from the locals we home-stayed with.

As a town, Xishuangbanna (or Jinghong in Mandarin) is pretty with none of the usual gray industrial landscapes one would find in other Chinese towns. You'll notice a lot of Southeast Asian influences as you go about town, although most, I suspect are put up for the benefit of tourism rather than cultural reasons. While it is nice to stay in some of the larger resorts in the town area, some of our best evenings were spent in the local homes of Xishuangbanna's minority tribes, where we bonded over delicious home-cooked meals and cups of local maize wine. So if you find yourself in this part of China, try to organize a trip out of the city and into the countryside, which will present the best that Xishuangbanna has to offer.

Visited October 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“Not the China we were expecting ...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We hoped to find a beautiful green China you see on the web but unfortunately the industrialisation won even here. Local guides were inviting to visit the big Buddha, that we found out later was built 3 years ago. The tea mountains are nice to visit and to breathe some fresh air, but the landscapes are not impressive. The ride on a bike around jihong was also quite a disappointment.

Visited February 2013
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Jinghong, China
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“LOVE THIS PLACE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

What an amazing region this is. Some of our favourite things to do - banana boat ride on the Mekong River, Dai BBQ, Forest Park, mountain bike ride around the city and to local villages, Manbalanaxi dancing show.
When it is hot, find a swimming pool - most of the big hotels have them & you can buy tickets for about 15 RMB pp. Try a 'Manguo shuang' - mango slushie at Luo Luo's by the main square or a cold lemon juice - sold all over the place.
Dai sticky rice for breakfast is a must - available all around the Man Nong Feng area - near big buddah.
Just bring sunscreen & insect repellent!

Visited June 2013
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“Xishuangbanna a pleasant tropical escape from ordinary China”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We did not know what to expect when we were invited to visit some friends in Xishuangbanna. I just thought the name is so close to banana that they must have banana trees and they sure did. From the moment we arrived at the airport, we could see palm tree lined streets and fauna that was more like Hawaii than China. We went during the water festival and were glad we did. From the lighting of the lanterns that adorn the sky, to sailing the flaming paper boats down the river, to the epic water battles, we all had a wonderful time. The majority of the population in this area is Dai, although there are a total of 13 Chinese nationalities that inhabit this area. The people were all very friendly with lots of smiles, a sharp contrast to Shanghai were we flew in from. When we went out to eat it was always a large group with a round table and wonderful, fresh food. We noticed that the food tended to be a bit spicier, with a heavy emphasis on being fresh. There was pork, deer, shrimp, fish, peacock, ostrich, chicken, eels, beef and lots of fresh vegetables. We visited the ancient tea trees on one of the 6 special mountains, Youle was the name. The tea in this area is from trees that are hundreds and a few over 1,000 years old. The local Jinuo group does not fertilize or water these trees, they get all they need from the rain and the soil. The tea is categorized as Puer and available in either a raw (green), or cooked (red) form. The tea is very mellow in taste and improves with age. We bought back a few Kilos of the tea for our personal use and for gifts. The one thing we noticed is that the entire city is undergoing a huge expansion at the moment. Brand new hotels, condos, amusement centers, high end shops and more are being built at a rapid pace. This area is going to have the infrastructure to support a lot of high end clientele in the very near future. The 27 hole golf course and country club has already been completed and their are plans to expand the wonderful dining all along the river. When was the last time you enjoyed a back and neck massage while drinking a cold beer on the patio of a restaurant/bar? In Xishuangbanna you will see a city that is undergoing a transformation into a very large vacation destination with plenty to see and do. We will be going back, perhaps in the winter to escape the cold.

Visited April 2013
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