Home to a collection of hidden, undiscovered villages and temples that are sprinkled amongst the Tibetan ice-capped mountains and the largest variety of flora and fauna species in the world, Yunnan needs to be on every bucket list. A place of brilliant archaeological finds, Yunnan also holds the honour of housing the exquisite Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda.
Located in the capital of Xishuangbanna, Jinghong, the Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda is a glorious sight to behold. Perched high atop a mountain in the Manfeilong Village, this pagoda is a historical emblem that was built in the 1200s. This wonder is known by other names like the White Pagoda or The Bamboo Shoot Tower, owing to the fact that it consists of a resplendent white stupa that resembles a white bottle gourd and is surrounded by eight other stupas with minarets that have the appearance of bamboo shoots. Boasting the spectacular Hinayana Buddhist architecture, the Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda is accessible after crossing a river along the Manfeilong Village and climbing approximately 200 stone steps to the top of the mountain. To take your mind off this feat, feast your eyes on the gorgeous, scenic surroundings of a refreshing forest on one side and sprightly rubber plant woods on the other.
One of the unique qualities about these stupas is that in each of them there is a niche which carries a Buddhist statue and related contours and on top is a magnificent flying phoenix. Little bells are hung on the stupas that emanate a pleasant, melodious tinkle and on each of the gates to the stupas are two dragons with elegant carvings. Another worthwhile observation at the Manfeilong Buddhist Pagoda is the 80cm long and 58m wide footprint of Sakyamuni Buddha when he visited the area during his many travels. This incredible artefact is found below a stupa enshrined in its own special niche. The Bamboo Shoot Tower is certainly worth a visit and is sure to take you on an amazing spiritual journey.
You will be spoilt for choice at the array of Hotel in Yunnan that are perfect to host your stay here. Consider checking into the Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa ensures that guests are well taken care of within the elegant interiors promising 5 star services all the way, to make for an unforgettable Hotel Yunnan experience.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+