Xishuangbanna travel guide

Xishuangbanna in brief Located in the southernmost part of China, Xishuangbanna is a Dai autonomous prefecture of the Yunnan Province which can be compared in many aspects to a mini-Thailand. Originally called Sip song pan na, a name sounding much more Thai than Chinese, this literally Twelve thousand rice fields is unique for its fertile earth, tropical vegetation and amazing biodiversity. Place of the Dai minority who represents more than a half of the population (297,000), Xishuangbanna is definitely a famous tourist destination especially renowned among China domestic tourists. Some similar Thailand inspired attractions and festivities can be seen there, such as rocket festivals, boat races and the Water-Sprinkling Festival equivalent to Songkran Festival in Thailand and falling on the same dates (from April 13 to 15). Like in Thailand and Burma, the place let travelers discover saffron-robbed monks of Theravada Buddhist faith wandering in the streets, but also countless Burma-Thai style pagodas and impressive food: a wonderful journey to an unsuspected part of China! History of Xishuangbanna A tropical utopia home to the Dai ethnic minority The Dai history of Xishuangba...More information about Xishuangbanna »

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