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Měiměi Café

You’ll find it and you’ll eat here. This is the original of all the Western-style cafes in town and still the best, thanks to its menu of steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, and foreigner-friendly Chinese …
Nature Reserve in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Sānchàhé Nature Reserve

This nature reserve, 48km north of Jǐnghóng, is one of five enormous forest reserves in southern Yúnnán. It has an area of nearly 1.5 million hectares; seriously, treat it with respect – you get off-trail here, you …
Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Water-Splashing Festival

Held at the same time as it is celebrated in Thailand and Laos, the three-day water-splashing festival washes away the dirt, sorrow and demons of the old year and brings in the happiness of the new. Jǐnghóng celebra…
Gardens in Měnglún

Tropical Plant Gardens

Lovely tropical gardens – the largest botanical gardens in all China – with many rare plant species. To get here, turn left out of the bus station and then take the first left. Follow the road downhill, cross the fi…
Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Dǎntǎ Festival

This festival is held during a 10-day period in October or November, with temple ceremonies, rocket launches from special towers and hot-air balloons. The rockets, which often contain lucky amulets, blast into the s…
Gardens in Jǐnghóng

Tropical Flower & Plants Garden

This terrific botanic garden, west of the town centre, is one of Jǐnghóng’s better attractions. Admission gets you into a series of gardens where you can view over 1000 different types of plant life.
Nature Reserve in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Bǎnnà Wild Elephant Valley

Named after the elephants who live here – who are very retiring and rare are the travellers who have actually seen any of them. You will see monkeys, though, and it’s worth a visit if you want to see something of th…
Buddhist Temple in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Octagonal Pavilion

In the village of Jǐngzhēn, about 14km west of Měnghǎi, is the Octagonal Pavilion, first built in 1701. The original structure was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution but renovated in 1978 and the ornate…
International in Jǐnghóng

Mekong Cafe

This long-standing presence has shifted to the other side of the river and now has a prime location on the riverbank, close to the night market. It still serves up a wide-ranging mix of Western and Chinese food, as …
Market in Jǐnghóng

Jǐnghóng Night Market

With Jǐnghóng's axis switching inexorably to the left bank of the river, this night market is increasingly popular with both locals and visitors. All manner of Dai and Yúnnán eats are on display, and you are close t…