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Brief introduction of Xishuangbanna

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[ Chunhuan(Manting) Park ] [ Nationality Park ] [ Olive Plain(Ganlanba) ] [ Menglun Tropical Botanic Garden ]
[ Octagon Temple in Jingzhen ] [ Manfeilong Bamboo Shoots Pagoda ] [ Wild Elephant Valley (SanChaHe Nature Reserve) ]
[ Elephant-Like Tree ] [ King of Tea Tree ] [ Xishuangbanna Ganeral Buddhist Temple ]
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Jinghong is capital of the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. It also was called the City of Daybreak. It was said that the founder of Buddahism, Sakyamuni come to Jinghong to spread scripture of Buddahism.when he arrived just daybreak and saw the city of Jinghong, so he called Jinghong as the City of Daybreak.If you come to here, you will suprised to it's so quite. It is really a slow life style and nice place to relax yureself.

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Xishuangbanna, located at the extreme southern tip of Yunnan Province with Burma and Laos to the south, is 730 kilometers from Kunming. It occupies an area of some 20,000 square kilometers. There are more than ten ethnic minorities :Dai, Hani, Bulang, Jinuo, etc, with a total population of 796,000. Among them, the Dai Nationality takes up one third in number. Xishuangbanna lies just below the Tropic of Cancer and the land is hilly with some mountains and deep valleys. Lancang River and its tributaries flow through the area. Indian Ocean monsoons bring in humid air and it is often windless.The climate is ideal for plants and animals.One quarter of China's faunal species and one sixth of its plant species are living and growing on this marvelously rich and fertile area.
In Xishuangbanna, there are 5 big pieces nature reserve, approximately 100,000 hectares of virgin forest with over 5,000 species of woody and herbaceous plants, ranging from huge arbors to primitive ferns. Rare and precious animals and birds thrive in the relative safety of the dense tropical jungles. In the tropical forest you can see wild orchids growing on the tree, wild banana trees grow by the river, bamboo forest etc. It is easy to find some birds singing on the top of huge tree and find some small fishes or frogs in a small river.

Since there are only two seasons here, hot and dry, and hot and humid, people for generations have never seen snow. When cold winter comes, most of the places in China are the world of ice and snow. But here, it is green and luxuriant with flowers everywhere, and without feeling of cold.
In Dai language, Xishuang means twelve; Banna means a thousand pieces of land. Xishuangbanna is twelve thousand pieces of land, which simply denotes twelve administrative units.

For centuries, Xishuangbanna had been a hidden land and it was almost inaccessible. In the mid-19th century, it took a month and a half on foot from Kunming to Jinghong. Now it takes us only 12 hours by bus or an hour by plane. Xishuangbanna is not only renowned as a huge natural zoo, but has earned the name "the Pearl on the Crown of the Kingdom of Plants".

There are many scenic spots here. Chunhuan(Manting) Park, Nationality Park, the Tropical Crops Research Institute, Peacock Lake, Mange Buddhist Temple, Mandou Folk Custom Village, White Elephant Lake, Manluandian Folk Custom Travelling Village, Manjinglan Dai Village, Olive Plain, Wild Elephant Valley(Nature Reserv),Mengyang Elephant-Like Tree, King of Tea Tree, Manfeilong Bamboo Shoots Pagoda and Mandian Waterfall are in Jinghong. Octagon Temple in Jingzhen, One-Tree Forest and the landscape of Daluo River are in Monghai. Monglun Tropical Botanic Garden, Looking-up-into-the-Sky Tree, Corridor in the Sky and Big Root are in Mongla.


Rubber Base
rubber tree Rubber plantations started from 1948, in Xishuangbanna. In 1963, local farmers began to grow rubber with the help of national and farm company. Since then, many rubber trees appeared in hilly cobbles of xishuangbanan. When you sit on the plane, overlooking Xishuangbanna, you will see a lot of a lap and a lap of green trees, looks like a forest, in fact, that is rubber plantation.
The Home of Pu'er Tea
Pu'er tea has been famous in the world .But do you know the home of Pu'er tea is Xishuangbanna. Why it is called Pu'er tea? Because Pu'er city is a distribution center for the tea.So the people gave the name Pu'er tea. In mountains of Xishuangbanna, grows many wild tea, some have been more than a thousand years old .The trunk girth of 3.8 meters, 34 meters height. All the tea businessman was shocked by these old tea tree. In addition to wild tea, but also found the age of 800 years of cultural type "King of Tea Tree", the tree Stem diameter 1.38 m, height is only 5.5 meters. The local tea farmers called it "Sa Gui Ba Ma". Cultural type"King of Tea Tree" was found, indicating a long history of local plant tea."Quality tea comes from misty mountains." Xishuangbanna's tea taste strong.It is famous for high quality, provided as a tribute tea in the Qing Dynasty. Today in Xishuangbanna, Yiwu, JiNuo Shan, NanNuo Shan, Bulang Shan, Banzhang and Xiding are popular tea area. Pu'er tea has been become another pillar industry in Xishuangbanna. old tea tree

Where to buy good quality Puer tea?

The Origin of Tropical Fruit
Xishuangbanna is one of several tropical fruit production of China. Special climate and excellent natural environment for the cultivation and production of tropical fruits provide a good condition. Wide variety of wild fruits provide species resource for origin of the fruit varieties, biological evolution, plant breeding research and genetic resources of species. Xishuangbanna has coconut, banana, pineapple, lychee, longan, jackfruit, orang, egg yolk fruit, buffalo heart fruit, mango, anti-season watermelon, melon, pomelo, passion fruit, etc.. On side of the road, in the courtyard there all kinds of fruit everywhere.Among the many tropical fruits, the early, middle and late maturing fruits are available. in spring and winter of Xishuangbanna you always can taste fresh fruit. No matter what season you foot on this paradise, you may taste free polluted fresh fruits.

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