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Review of Xishuangbanna

Reviewed 4 December 2013

beautiful rainforests, elephants, monkeys, the feel of thailand vietnam & China mixed in a blender, lush vegetation & traditional ethnic villages, relaxed friendly atmosphere.

These would be the keywords to describe this little corner of China that is dipping its toe into S.E. Asia. The local Dai culture is displayed in the architecture, sculptures, markets and villages nestled in the rivers, forests and hills surrounding the towns.

Make sure you try the local fruit, particularly the pineapples as they are beautifully fresh & sweet. A real slice of nature in industrialised China, Wildlife, lush tropical vegetation, nature and plant reserves, vast fields of agriculture, the twisty winding Mekong river snaking its way through forested hills

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Reviewed 5 November 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...

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Reviewed 3 November 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.

3  Thank Mei L
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Reviewed 4 October 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.

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Reviewed 24 June 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!

2  Thank Su H
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