Dehong Prefecture attractions

Market in Ruili

Ruìlì Market

This is one of the most colourful and fun markets in all Yúnnán; a real swirl of ethnicities, including Dai, Jingpo, Han and Burmese, as well as the odd Bangladeshi and Pakistani trader. Get here in the morning, whe…
Pagoda in Ruili

Golden Duck Pagoda

This pagoda is on the southwestern outskirts of Ruìlì on the main road. An attractive stupa set in a temple courtyard, it was established to mark the arrival of a pair of golden ducks that brought good fortune to wh…
Dai Temple in Dehong Prefecture

Hǎnshā Zhuāng Temple

Hǎnshā Zhuāng Temple is an impressive wooden structure with a few resident monks. It’s about 5km southwest of Ruìlì, set a little off the road. A green tourism sign marks the turn-off. The surrounding Dai village is…
Market in Ruili

Jade Market

Ruìlì’s ever-expanding jade market is great for people-watching and is the true centre of town in all senses. Burmese jade sellers run most of the shops here and for a while you may even forget you are still in Chin…
Pagoda in Dehong Prefecture

Golden Pagoda

A few kilometres to the east of Ruìlì on the road to Wǎndīng is the Golden Pagoda, a fine structure that dates back 200 years.
Historic Site in Dehong Prefecture


Léizhuāngxiāng is Ruìlì’s oldest stupa, dating back to the middle of the Tang dynasty. It's about 8km southwest of town.
Village in Dehong Prefecture

One Village Two Countries

You're right on the border with Myanmar (Burma) here, but the 'attractions' – Kayan women in brass neck rings – are tacky and unsavoury.