Xishuangbanna is an autonomous prefecture in Yunnan Province, China. It is the traditional home of the Dai minority people. The name Xishuangbanna was derived from ‘Sipsong Panna’ which means ‘twelve thousand rice fields’ in Dai language.
Xishuangbanna is located at a lower altitude of the Yunnan Province. Due to its tropical climate throughout the year, Xishuangbanna boasts of gathering one of the widest biodiversities of China. Besides its abundance of tropical rainforests, Xishuangbanna is also home to the last few Asian Elephants in China. Once roaming across the country, the Asian Elephant is now considered as an endangered species, with only around 45,000 left in the wild throughout Asia. Xishuangbanna is renowned in producing some of the highest quality of Pu’er tea.
The Dai people is known for its rich culture, making Xishuangbanna a major tourist attraction. This hill tribe still wears in their traditional costumes till today. Their most well known festival is the Water Splashing Festival, also known as ‘Songkran’. ‘Songkran’ is celebrated from April 13 to 15 each year and is also celebrated in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos.
Xishuangbanna, a tropical paradise
To go to Xishuangbanna, one can take the flight from Kunming to Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport. This is by far the convenient way to get into Xishuangbanna.