North of Myanmar and Laos and south of China, Xishuangbannan region is well known as Banna and has become China’s mini-Thailand, attracting tourists looking for sunshine, water-splashing festival and epic jungle treks. The Mekong River, named as Lancang River in China, flows through the whole Xishuangbanna.
Highlights of Xishuangbanna
1Banna Wild Elephant Valley: Passing through the tropical rainforest, you will come to the Valley which is the only region in China the wild elephants are living. Here, you will appreciate the wild elephants herding and moving, and watch the trained elephants performing dancing, greeting and bathing.
2Tropical Botanical Garden: If Banna is described as evergreen boundless forest, the Garden would be the soul of its. Here, you will see the most typical rare plants of tropical rainforest.
3Water-splashing Festival: Held in mid-April, the water-splashing festival washes away the dirt, sorrow and demons of the old year and brings in the happiness of the new. Although the festival lasts three days from 13 to 15 April and dates in the surrounding villages vary, International tourists should pay special attention and prepare to be drenched all day.
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