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The region of  Xishuangbanna is in the deep south of Yunnan, next to the Myanmar and Lao borders. There is home to many unique species of plant and animal life. The jungle areas that remain contain dwindling numbers of wild tigers,  leopards,  elephants and golden-haried monkeys. Here about one-third of the 800,000-strong population of this region are Dai.

Xishuangbanna it has two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season is between June and August,  it rains almost every day.  November to March sees temperatures average about 19'C.  And the hottest months of the year are from April to September. 

Dai people has Water- Splashing Festival, held around mid-April (about 12th to 16th). 


Wild Elephants Valley To the Dai people, the elephant is the symbol of good luck, might and longevity. The wild elephants of Xishuangbanna mainly live in the Wild Elephants Valley (yexiang gu), at the juncture of the western and eastern part of the Menyang natural reserve. In the valley, there is an observation tower, especially built for tourists. The best time to see these impressive beasts is at dawn or dusk. There are currently 300 elephants living in the dense forest in Xishuangbanna.

The Elephant valley is 45km north of Jinghong by the highway to Simao. 

The Menglun Botanic Garden of Tropical Plants (redai zhiwuyuan) is one of the major attractions of Xishuangbanna. Situated on Hulu Island, the garden contains 3,000 different types of plant. The environment here is spectacular, surrounded by rivers and mountains and containing a wealth of rare and unusual plants, trees and flowers. Dragon Blood Tree is one of the most interesting and valuable species in the garden. Its sap is used as a remedy to stop bleeding and promote blood circulation.

Ganlanba is located in the lower reaches of Lancang River, 40kms from Jung Hong city and it is the fourth biggest dam of the 23 dams in Xishuangbanna. The area has a typical zone landscapes with low terrain and moist climate. Ganlanba covers an area of 50 square kilometers and is 530 meters above sea level, which is the lowest place in Xishuangbanna.

White stupa is located on the top of a small hill behind Manfeilong village, Damenglong, which is about 70 kilometers far from Jinghong. Stupa was build in 1204, the major one in the middle is 16.29 meters and eight minor ones around are 9.1 meters in height. This stupa group is very famous in Southeast Asia, there is a huge footprint in its niche, it is said was left by Buddha and very sacred to Buddhists.

The small, grubby market town of Xiding may seem a strange destination, especially if you have to spend so much time and effort trying to get there, but its Thursday market is one of the most authentic ethnic markets in Xishuangbanna. Tthe market attracts nearby Dai, Hani (Aini or Akha), and Bulang minorities. It is said that Lahu also drop in.  The Myanmar border is only a few kilometres away.


Trek the Tropical Forest in Xishuangbanna

There are a few places where you can go for trekking in the tropical forest like: 

3 days trekking in Xiding or Menglun

Trekking Banna  primitive minority area 3 days

Trekking Banna tropical forest and minority eare 5 days

Lijiang-Banna-Kunming  6days

Lijiang-Dali-Banna-Kunming  8days

Lijiang-Banna-Yuanyang-Jianshui-Kunming  10days


Kunming-Jianshui-Yuanyang-Banna-Dali-Lijiang 12days

Dai girl in Jinghong of Xishuangbanna

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      Xishuangbanna family winter holiday 7 days   Day by day itinerary  
      Botanic garden of Menglun in Xishuangbanna   Day01,  arrive, our guide will meet you at the Jinghong airport and transfer into your hotel. 

Day02,   easy day in Jinghong, just explore the town. 

Day03,  drive to see the Elephant valley, back to hotel. 

Day04,  drive to see Menghai and Xiding market, back to Jinghong in the afternoon. 

Day05,  drive to visit Menglun botanic garden, spend one night there at the hotel in Menglun, and on the way, visit Ganlanba Dai people's village and Jinuo people's village. 

Day06,  have a easy trek in the tropical forest park, afternoon drive back to Jinghong. 

Day07,  send to Jinghong airport, end of this great journey. 

      Packages:   in Chinese RMB Yuan / per person / per day:     3~4 star hotel:  groups of 1person, 2800~3400Y,  groups of 2~9 person, 1000-2200Y 

Inclusive: hotel with breakfast, vehicle, English speaking guide, arrangement.           Excludes: entrances fees, meals for lunch and dinner, insurance 

      Beijing-Kunming-Jinghong of Xishuangbanna by air 5 days   Xishuangbanna Elephant back ride girl  
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      Shanghai-Kunming-Jinghong of Xishuangbanna by air 5 days    
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Lijiang Yunnan Southwest China

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China Bird Watching


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Lijiang Highlights


Migrant birds in Dali and Lijiang of Yunnan

There are more than 4,400 species of vertebrates, more than 10 percent of the world's total, is one of the countries with the greatest diversity of wildlife in the world, have 1,189 species of birds.


Lijiang - Yunnan Southwest China  The Yangtse River and the Yellow River are well-known as the two longest rivers in China and are noted as " Giant Asian Rivers". Situated between 99o 30' E to 100o 50' E and 26o N to 27o 50' N, Lijiang can be easily located by every tourist from abroad when they trace along the Yangzi River from its mouth in Shanghai back toward its source. The ajncient town of Lijiang is a traveler's wonderland which has been classified as a World-class Cultural Legacy by UNESCO, "Nationallevel Scenic Zone" and a "National Town of History and Culture". Lijiang ancient town Southwest ChinaLijiang is a beautiful shining jewel on the Northwest Yunnan Plateau neighbouring the southeast side of the Tibentan Plateau which is considered to be the "Roof of the World" . It covers an area of 20,600 square kilometers with a population of 1,030 ,000. The whole district is comprised of four counties: Lijiang, Yongsheng, Huaping and Ninglang. LiJiang's weather is remark-ably pleasant. Spring there lasts as long as 241 days and there is no hot summer. Lijiang is 600 kilometers away from Kunming. The airport in LiJiang had been opened in 1994.

Lijiang boasts of breath - wonderful sights such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and its modern maritime glacier,the only one of its kind in the southern end of the Northern Hemisphere; Tiger Leaping Gorge ( Hutiaoxia ); the world - famous grand canyon; Lugu Lake, the culturalcradle of the "Matriarchy" of the Yongning Mosuo people in Ninglang; the Old Town of Dayan Lijiang, which is referred to by European and American tourists as the "Oriental Venice" .All these natural sceneries and these cultural treasures of the minority peoples, such as Dongba Culture, Naxi Classical Music,Baisha Murals and Mosuo Customs, have been continuously drawing tourists from all over the world and have recently vote Lijiang as one of the favorite destinations in China.

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China Wild Animal




Wildlife peculiar to China includes such well-known animals as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, South China tiger, brown-eared pheasant, white-flag dolphin, Chinese alligator and red-crowned crane, totaling more than 100 species.


















China Wild Plants



wild plants in Yunnan

In China, there are more than 7,000 species of woody plants, including 2,800 tree species. The metasequoia, Chinese cypress, China fir, golden larch, Taiwan fir... The meta sequoia, a tall species of arbor, is considered as one of the oldest and rarest plants in the world.























Wenhai lake in lijiang Southwest China


Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Jade dragon snow mountain view by Tiger leaping gorge

25km from Lijiang, Mules can be rented from the nearby Baisha Village or you can take a cable car to the top. A mountain massif (also identified as a small mountain range) visible from Lijiang and capped all year round. Its highest peak is Shanzidou at 5,596m. The view of the massif from the gardens at the Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang is noted as one of China's finest views. The far side of the mountain forms one side of Tiger Leaping Gorge. You might be asked to purchase tickets for electrical car, which they call it as "Little Green frog". It's not worth it. You would miss the 20 minute walk on a wood trail which was very enjoyable. Also, renting a coat is not necessary during the late spring and summer season. You would find it a big burden later. On you way to Yu Long Snow Mountain, you may stop by at the Dong Ba Valley culture center.

Impression Lijiang

A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by ZhangYimou (director of Hero, House of Flying Daggers), a cast of over 500 people, and a number of horses. However, the show does have a plot.


Wenhai Lake in Lijiang

Is located on the southern slope of Yulong (Jade Dragon) snow mountain and it is a part of the Lashihai provincial level Alpine Wetlands Nature Reserve. The elevation at Wenhai is 3,100 meters. The Wenhai area is an ideal location for visitors to explore and learn about northwestern Yunnan's dramatic grological formations and rich biodiversity. The unique climate and soil in the area nourished a variety of vegetative covers and plant species. Including old-growth forests, shrubs and meadows. There are also unique wild flowers that bloom all four seasons. Including over twenty species of rhododendrons. Wenhai is also home to a variety of economically viable mushrooms and precious medicinal herbs.

Wenhai trekking trails

There are many route choices to reach Wenhai from the Lijiang old town ,the distance is between 20 to 25 kilometers long. On each of the route, you can ride in a car for some distance, and the rest of the distance you can hike or horse-back ride up to Wenhai are mostly uphills. The elevation rises fron 2,400 meters in Lijiang to 3,100 meters in Wenhai are meters im Wenhai. Beginning the hike from Yuhu or Longquan (a.k.a. Shuhe),most visitors take about 4 hours to get to Wenhai.

There is a variety of extraordinary scenery aling the hiking trail to Wenhai, and with the exception of a few places, the vegetative covers of the area are mostly intake. On a good day, you can view from the various scenic look-out points the widely-spread Lijiang basin below or the towering Jade Dragon snow Mountain above. The various rhododendron shrubs and plants around Wenhai provide great opportunities for visitors to relax, enjoy and learn in the area.




Baisha Village

A small village in Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, part of Lijiang city, well-known for its Jade Dragon Snow Mountain range. It is the original settlement of the Naxi people who came to the greater Lijiang Valley over a thousand years ago. Made up of at least 12 smaller villages, the main village is Sanyuan,  which has one main stone street called of course, Baisha Street. Baisha view Jade dragong snow mountain in Lijiang Southwest China

It has a typical Chinese "old-town" tourist setup, consisting of a stone paved street with a mixture of Chinese trinket sellers-shops and several quaint caf└s to stop at relax, have a drink some Yunnan coffee eat a Naxi Pie and avoid the crowded Lijiang. A great escape from Lijiang Old-town tourist trap, only 12 km north of town, you can rent a bike and get there in about 40 minutes. You should consider staying a few nights, in a Naxi family¨s courtyard, no "hotel-Hostels" here. Even though almost everything costs you a ticket price to do in China these days you can do many things here for free! Like hike the local mountains through the high alpine botanical garden and search for herbs on your way to the Jade Dragon Lake, the backside of Snow Jade Dragon Mountain. Visit some of the temples or traditional Naxi houses of the area before they are gone.






Tiger leaping gorge Tiger leaping gorge

If you look on a map of China, you will notice, sandwiched between Thailand and Tibet, a Chinese province called Yunnan. Zoom in more closely and let your eye follow the line of the Yangtze River as it curves in a distinctive hook marking the great First Bend of China's longest river.

As China's Mother River turns sharply northwards at the First Bend, its waters flow placidly a further 30 kilometers until confronted by a narrow gorge, Tiger Leaping Gorge.  As it enters the gorge, the previously placid river writhes and roars for 17 kilometers through a series of rapids too dangerous for rafting (ask Richard Bangs!). On the eastern bank above the surging river rise the imposing granite peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains...


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Bird watching Wenhai Lake

A sub-alpine lake within the Lashihai Nature Reserve (Situated along the southeastern slopes of the towering Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5500 meters) and surrounded by mountains on all sides, the diamond-shaped basin of Lashihai Watershed is a spectacular setting for exploring the intricate relationship between the abundant natural resources of this land and the people who live off it.), is a habitat for migrating birds, most notably the endangered black stork. Each year, for reasons not yet completely known, Wenhai undergoes a transformation from sub-alpine lake to grazing grasslands. Beginning in early spring, the lake gradually disappears, believed to drain through underground limestone formations to Lashi Lake, about 500 meters below. Then, with the return of the summer rainy season, Wenhai Lake begins to fill again. By fall it reaches its full size, ready for the arrival of migratory birds in late December. The watershed¨s highland forests support a wide variation of plant and animal species, including protected raptors, forest wildlife, traditional medicinal plants and treasured fungi. In spring, the region¨s famous rhododendrons C over 15 species -- burst into bloom, creating mountains of colorful flowers.


Lugu LakeMoso girl in Lugu lake Yunnan Southwest China

2690 metres above sea level located at the borders between Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces, covers an area of 50 square kilometers with the average water depth of 45 meters and the transparency 11 meters. In the lake there are five islands, three peninsulas and a sea- wall islet. Here everything looks as if it has not been disturbed by human beings at all and still remains in its primitive state.

Boating in the lake, you can feel that the surface of the water is as smooth as a mirror and the water as blue as the sky. The slow C canoe in the blue lake, the beautiful Mosuo girls in their ethnic clothes and the Mosuo folk songs will show you something of primitive simplicity and peace. Lugu Lake has the fame of a fabled abode of immortals and ^Plateau Pearl" for its pure and virgin land of natural landscapes...

The Mosuo people living here still keep their matriarchal society system. The "Axia visiting marriage'' system (actually no marriage system at all)is called the fossil for the study of the development of the human being society .The members of the big matriarchal families live in harmony, love dearly and care for one an other.

  Baishuitai - Limestone Terraces in Lijiang Southwest China    
    Baisha-Wenhai  Trekking     Baisha-Wenhai-Tiger leaping gorge trek  
    Lijiang-Baisha to Wenhai 1day round way by 4WD / Jeep

RMB 600~2000 Yuan per person,  maximal 20 people per group.

Lijiang-Baisha-trek to Wenhai 1 day  trek

RMB 600~1800 Yuan per person, maximal 20 people per group.

Lijiang-Baisha-trek to Wenhai-Yi viilage trek  2days

RMB 800~3400Yuan per group.             

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Wenhai trekking in lijiang Southwest China  

White Water Terraces - Baishuitai

Is located in Sanba Township 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Shangri-La county seat. Measuring 140 meters (about 459 feet) in length and 160 meters (about 525 feet) in width, it is one of the biggest such limestone terraces in China. The terrace is covered by a layer of white deposits of calcium carbonate crystallized in the spring water. In addition to the spectacular terrace itself, visitors can also learn about the ethnic Naxi minority and folklore in the nearby Baidi village...
















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China Golf Clubs

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Sanya - Yalong bay golf club


Yalong Bay Golf Club situated in the southernmost part of Hainan Island, is one of the masterpieces by the famous American golf course architect Mr. Robert Trent Jones Jr. in China. It is merely 30 minutes from the international airport and minus 30 minutes from downtown of Sanya. The course is an international standard coastal vacation championship course bathed in the tropical sunshine and sea breezes and deemed as a reputable vacation heaven for the golfers.

The course is an 18-hole, par 72, 7189 yard tournament-quality course with 120, 000 square meters' man-made lake and 98 bunkers. It is known that the course is in great shape and the caddies first rate, friendly and efficient. The course, designed in the shape of a dragon's claw, is surrounded by stunning mountains and the South China Sea all make this a picture of tranquility.


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Hanas lake




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Fan's Artwork on Artbreak


Fine Art Studio of ZhaoFan


Chinease Artist of Fine Art



Dai women of Yunnan - oil on canvas





ZhaoFan as a Chinese Artist of oil painting, has been working on Fine art 20 years and have sold more then 200 piece of his art work. You can find ZhaoFan's art work on www.ecotourchina.com/art-studio.htm and also can find on  www.artbreak.com/ChinaEcotour

If you are interested in any piece of his art work, please don't be afraid to contact him by send Email to: 




























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Tibetan Travel Permit



Foreigner have to get permit for travel into Tibet. It will takes about 5~10 days to arrange the permit. And for arrange permit we will need: 

1. Copy of first page of passport. 

2. Copy of visa page. 

3. Copy of stamp of Chinese custom. 

4. Your occupation (job?).

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To move forward or backward on the Segway PT, the rider just leans slightly forward or backward. To turn left or right, the rider simply moves the  LeanSteer frame left or right. You get the sense of power and speed, yet you also feel a sense of safety and absolute control. It all feels natural, safe, and instinctive... EcoTour China arrange Segway Eco-tours in Sanya of Hainan Island... 


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