Xishuangbanna is one of the most exciting areas in China’s Yunnan province, and its location on the province’s southern tip, close to Thailand and Burma, gives it a cultural influence different to that of the rest of China. A prime tourist destination that sees visitors from both mainland China and around the world, it is best enjoyed from a hotel in Yunnan famous for its hospitality and fine selection of facilities. The Anantara Xishuangbanna, China is a premium hotel Yunnan features and its stylish interiors and modern amenities make it an ideal locale for business and leisure visitors alike. When you’re in the region and want a break, take note of a few must-see sights in Xishuangbanna, a veritable “gateway to the east”. Stroll through some gorgeous flora at the Tropical Plants and Flowers Garden, which expertly redefines the concept of a Chinese garden tour. Featuring almost 80 hectares dotted with thousands of species of tropical plants, take a walk down paths that wind around these exotic offerings as well as a group of scenic ponds populated by fish and aquatic plants. A peaceful, verdant feast for the eyes, this is not to be missed. Or, for some spectacular beauty in the wild, visit the Mandian Waterfall, one of the most stunning in Xishuangbanna. Water cascades from an impressive height on 30 metres pooling silver at the bottom. Close to the Mandian Waterfall is the authentic Dai Village, whose magnificent recreation of an authentic Dai village made out of bamboo and leaves will transport visitors to rural Dai life in Yunnan. To experience Xishuangbanna’s spirituality, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is a stunning tribute to Buddhism in the region, as it is located in close proximity to the Buddha’s birthplace, Sakyamuni. The temple was constructed in 1701 as a tribute to the Buddha and the octagonal shape was inspired by the shape of Sakyamuni’s cap. Or, check out the historic White Feilong Pagoda, perched on top of Feilong Mountain. Each of the beautiful nine Hinayana pagodas is topped with golden peaks. They were built in the thirteenth century and boast a splendid array of sculptures, reliefs and paintings sure to enchant the eye. So the next time your travels bring you to Xishuangbanna, make sure to check out some of the lovely attractions in the area to enhance your stay.