Top things to do in Dehong Prefecture

Top Choice Cafe in Ruili

Bo Bo’s Cold Drinks Shop

This Ruili institution is busy from early to late, with the Burmese waiters clad in their native, sarong-like longyi hustling as they serve up fantastic fruit juices, Burmese-style milky tea, ice cream and cakes. Th…
Top Choice Yunnan in Ruili

Lántiān Xiǎochī

Fantastic, popular place for noodles at any time of day, but especially breakfast. It's also good for Burmese-style salads, fried rice dishes and fruit juices. No English menu, but there are pictures on the wall to …
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…
Burmese in Ruili

Myanmar Garden

Great for authentic Burmese food like tea leaf and lime beef salads, as well as a smattering of northern Thai dishes. It's fine for coffee and juices as well, while a jug of chilled lager is ¥36. It's inside a forec…
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…
Market in Ruili

Huáfēng Market

An outdoor food court that thrives once darkness descends, come here for Burmese and Chinese food, including decent barbecue. The food is all on display, so just pick and point.
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.