Nestled between China and Laos, the capital city of Xishuangbanna is indeed a sight to see. Adorned with lofty mountains and dense green forests, this destination is paradise for the nature lover. Jinghong is located in the southern section of Yunnan. Its popularity as a tourist attraction has helped preserve most of its age old charms. The authentic unspoiled typical South East Asian attractions found here are some of the many wonders of Jinghong.
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Throughout this capital city there are several breathtaking attractions. Beauty is one of Jinghong’s biggest charms and in nearly every nook and corner of the city you find lush gardens and tranquilizing parks. The botanical garden of Jinghong, however, is located some 70 kilometres from the city centre and boasts an array of unique species of plants. For many tourists cycling to the garden along the old road is an interesting way of getting to the site.
The Peacock Lake Park situated in between Mengle Dadao and Xuanwei Dadao is again another beautiful attraction. In addition to the picturesque manmade landscape that this park boasts, it is a popular spot among locals for public dancing. Jinghong, just like most other cities in South East Asia, is rich in culture. The minority villages scattered outside town is an excellent place to absorb the authentic Jinghong lifestyle.
From the quaint architectural spectacles, to the traditional attire of the Chinese, there is so much to see in this part of the city. The people of Jinghong are extremely skillfull. Take a tour through the Pottery Factory and Dai Handycrafts to learn all the techniques and backstage tricks that these craftsmen use to bring to life such perfectly sculpted pots and crafts. While exploring Jinghong, do not miss the sacred Mengle Temple. An essence of the Jing hong devotion to Buddhism, this happens to be the biggest temple in the whole of Xishuangbanna.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.