Top 8 Xishuangbanna Tourist Attractions 2024

Xishuangbanna Prefecture in the southernmost Yunnan is a unique pearl in Yunnan and whole China. Located in the south edge of China in the tropical zone, it is the plants kingdom with dense rainforest and hometown of Dai and other 11 ethnic minorities with beautiful bright costumes. Once as the best shining card of Yunnan, Xishuangbanna has so many interesting places to visit, including temples, gardens, markets, festivals, etc. for your wonderful exploration of this “hot” and “enthusiastic” land in Yunnan! Check the top Xishuangbanna attractions at below to plan your coming Xishuangbanna tour / Xishuangbanna Yunnan tour in 2024/2025!

No.1: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Full named Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science, it is the appealing largest botanical garden for both sightseeing and scientific research. Take your time to have a wild exploration of this amazing tropical paradise. Only the over 20 small distinct botanical gardens needs your over 3 hours for a simple savory. Moreover, you will have many first times to have a personal look at countless familiar and unknown ornamental plants at the Exotic Trees and Flowers Garden, discover the Palm Garden, Aquatic Plants Garden, etc. to widen your horizon. Besides, the well-preserved tropical rainforest will let you enjoy an interesting trekking. If you have enough time, it is highly recommended to plan one night stay there for a comprehensive exploration!

Types: Garden, Nature Park, Research Place

Location: National Road 213, Menglun Town, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州勐腊县勐仑镇213国道)

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

Visiting Time: half to 1 day

Best Time to Visit: all around the year

Ticket Price: CNY 104/person

Recommended Tour Package:
4 Days Xishuangbanna Tour with Tropical Flavor & Dai Culture

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No.2: Dai Minority Park

Dai Minority Park at Menghan Town (or called Ganlanba) is the living Dai ethnic museum to appreciate the enthusiastic custom of Dai minority people in Yunnan. Manjiang, Manchunman, Manzha, Manga and Manting are the 4 best preserved natural Dai villages for your authentic savory of the Dai ethnic houses and village life style. Of course, you shall not miss the outstanding Buddhist temple clusters there. Among them, Manchunman Ancient Buddhist Temple with 1,400 years’ history is the top oldest ones for a great appreciation of the exquisite temple architectures with sculptures and frescos. Moreover, Water-Splashing Square is the highlight to have most fun of the famous jubilant Water-splashing Festival activity every day. No matter when you visit Xishuangbanna, you can enjoy it personally.

Types: Park, Ethnic Villages, Cultural Place, Theme Park

Location: Ganlanba, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州景洪市橄榄坝)

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

Visiting Time: 2-3 hours

Best Time to Visit: all around the year

Ticket Price: CNY 65/person

Recommended Tour Package:
4 Days Xishuangbanna Tour with Tropical Flavor & Dai Culture

No.3: Wild Elephant Valley (Gajah Liar Valley)

Wild Elephant Valley at the suburb of Jinghong City is the only place to see wild Asian elephants in whole China, which says a group of wild Asian elephant would show every 4.4 days averagely, particularly in the morning, dusk and night. It is a hot place to see the rare elephant species on the great viewing deck high above, where is also wonderful to have a panorama of the dense tropical rainforest for mental and visual refreshment. Do not miss the Asian Elephants Museum to have a closer look at the real specimen of the Asian elephant and learn more about that rare animal species.

Types: Zoo, Rainforest, Man and Biosphere Reserve, National Park

Location: Mengyang Town, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州景洪市勐养镇)

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

Visiting Time: 2-4 hours

Best Time to Visit: all around the year, particularly March to May and September to November. Morning and dusk hours are best to see wild Asian elephants by chance.

Ticket Price: CNY 84/person

Recommended Tour Package:
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No.4: Manting Park

Manting Park with more than 1,300 years old history is the most ancient park in whole Xishuangbanna. As the past imperial garden for the previous Dai King in the past, this famous garden meaning “park of soul” still keeps some royal features within for your seeking of the high class leisure enjoyment of the royal family there. Have a relaxing walk along the park, you can be well impressed by the pleasant layout of the series bright colored Dai ethnic styled Buddhist constructions and other architectures dotted around the emerald natural wonderland.

Types: Park, Garden, Cultural Place

Location: No.35 Manting Road, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州景洪市曼听路35号)

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 (daytime); 18:30-21:40 (night)

Visiting Time: 1-3 hours

Best Time to Visit: all around the year, particularly October to the next June

Ticket Price: CNY 54/person

Night Performance: CNY 280-480/person (including buffet dinner); 19:40-21:40

Recommended Tour Package:
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No.5: Xishuangbanna Tropical Flower and Plants Garden

Listed as a National AAAA Tourist Attraction, this themed plants garden is another recommended place to watch more than 300 tropical flowers species and more than 600 tropical economic plant species for your knowledge enrichment and sightseeing. Walking in this large garden, you will meet royal water lily with large leaves like dustpans, flowers like flying birds, dazzling bougainvillea, blossoms in yolk color, grasses can dance to the music, trees can rain, etc. Moreover, the site demonstration will let you how milky latex flow out like milk. Prepare your eyes to see every surprise there!

Types: Garden, Nature Park, Botanical Garden, Research Place

Location: No.99 Xuanwei Avenue, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳景洪市宣慰大道99号)

Opening Hours: 07:30-18:00

Visiting Time: 3-5 hours

Best Time to Visit: all year round, particularly November to the next April

Ticket Price: CNY 40/person

No.6: Xishuangbanna Buddhist Temple

Xishuangbanna Buddhist Temple beside Manting Park in Jinghong downtown is the highest-leveled Buddhist temple in whole Xishuangbanna Prefecture and also the worshipping center for Xishuangbanna Buddhist pilgrims, which even enjoys a very high status in whole Southeast Asia. Pay a visit to this famous temple site to admire the vivid Buddha statues and the resplendent and magnificent featured Buddhist temple architectures with pinnacle tops and flying eaves.

Types: Buddhist Temple, Cultural Place, Architectures

Location: No.18 Baji Road, Jinghong, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳傣族自治州景洪市坝吉路18号)

Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

Visiting Time: 1 hour

Best Time to Visit: all year round

Ticket Price: free

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Xishuangbanna Attractions Zongfosi Temple

No.7: Gaozhuang Night Market

Gaozhuang Xingguang night market is a shining visiting card of Xishuangbanna. Ignited with diverse colorful lights and neon along the streets and river, this night stroll place is really attractive for you to take a leisure stroll to see various local snacks, fruits, specialties, ethnic costumes, handicrafts, etc. The giant golden pagodas behind the market also look charming and mysterious for a feeling of belief and life. Furthermore, you can also take a local characterized long boat to cruise along the narrow river paths to immerse into the neon world.

Types: Market, Night Stroll, Shopping Street

Location: Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Jinghong (near Giant Golden Pagoda) (景洪市告庄西双十景区;靠近大金塔)

Opening Hours: 18:00-23:00

Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Best Time to Visit: night hours

Ticket Price: free

Recommended Tour Package:
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Xishuangbanna Attractions Gaozhuang Night Market

No.8: Wangtianshu Scenic Area

Located at the northeast of Mengla County, Wangtianshu Scenic Area covering 864.4 hectares is your dreamy wild wonderland to explore in the tropical rainforest. You can not only walk on the thrilling “world highest crown air corridor” hung on the several Sky Trees of more than one hundred meters tall, but also hike in the forest to see the rich ecological wonders with fresh air to release your mind!

Types: Forest Park, Nature Reserve

Location: 150 meters west from National Road 213, Mengle County, Xishuangbanna (勐腊县213国道西150米)

Opening Hours: 08:30-18:00

Visiting Time: 3-4 hours

Best Time to Visit: all around the year, particularly November to the next April

Entrance Fee: CNY 75/person

Besides the above, Xishuangbanna boasts other worth visiting tourist attractions for your in-depth discovery of the tropical nature, ethnic minority culture, Buddhist cultural atmosphere there, including Peacock Garden, Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion, Mengle Buddhist Monastery, Jinuo Ethnic Village, Nannuo Mountain, Zhanglang Village, Mengjinglai Scenic Area, etc. You are recommended to discover more during your Xishuangbanna tour!

How to Plan a Xishuangbanna Tour

Travelers usually enjoy 3-4 days in Xishuangbanna to discover Manting Park, Mengle Giant Buddha Temple and other highlights in Jinghong City, and the top must-sees around including Banna Wild Elephant Valley, Jinuo Ethnic Village, Tropical Plants Garden, Dai Minority Park, etc. for the best savory of Dai ethnic minority charm and tropical area flavors.

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Besides, it is also popular to visit Xishuangbanna from Kunming, which is the best gateway city to Xishuangbanna with convenient flights and bullet trains from major destinations in China. You can first enjoy a 1-2 days discovery of the “Spring City” to see the famous Stone Forest, Kunming Green Lake and more city bests before the following exciting enjoyment of Xishuangbanna Prefecture. Such plan usually needs about 4-5 days in total!

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Moreover, you are also recommended to travel Xishuangbanna with more top destinations in Yunnan in one go to explore the diversity of the vast Yunnan, such as Dali with profound Dali Old Town and interesting Nanzhao Kingdom stories, Lijiang with famous ancient towns and interesting Dongba ethnic minority culture, Shangri-La with the pure land beauty in the world, Yuanyang with incomparable Yuanyang Rice Terraces and lovely mushroom-shaped houses, etc., which usually needs 6-15 days based on your exploration depth! Moreover, if you have any idea of more interested destinations in China to travel with Xishuangbanna together, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Guiyang, etc., please feel free to contact us and our experienced travel expert will help you to plan you coming tour with sincerity!

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