This morning, you will be transferred to Kunming airport to catch domestic flight (the flight takes around 1 hour) to Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna, the most southern autonomous prefecture of the Yunnan province. The name of Xishuangbanna originates from the Thai word Sip Song Pa Na, which means literally “12 rice-growing districts”. It shares a boundary of 966 kilometers with Burma and Laos in the east, south and west, being a vital pass from China to Indochina by land. Xishuangbanna have a tropical climate with tropical forests, bamboo forest and mountain ranges. So it is home of more than 1000 animals (elephants, peacocks, monkeys, tigers ...). Due to its favorable climate, Xishuangbanna is one of the most fertile areas which is ideal place to plant rice, tea and other products.
Xishuangbanna has a long history of Dai Minority who had been creating brilliant Dai culture during the last centuries. Indeed Dai, we also could meet Hani (in Yuanyang), Lahu, Yao Blang in hill villages. Visit their unique houses and discover their colorful cultures.
Upon arrival Jinghong airport, be welcomed by our local guide and driver. They will provide a transfer to Sanchahe Nature Reserve to visit the Wild Elephant Valley. This Reserve covers 1.5 million hectares and provides a habitat for 359 species of terrestrial vertebrates, 118 species of amphibians, 439 species of birds and more than 60 species of snakes. We will take a 02 kilometer long cableway in the park to enjoy rainforest view “from the air”. If we are lucky, we will be able to see some wild oxen, green peacocks or monkeys. There is a small house which has been built on top of the trees for ones who want to observe wild elephants. The elephants in Xishuangbanna are Asian elephants. They live on wild banana, tender branch and leaf of bamboo and corn ect.
After the visit to Wild Elephant Valley, drive back to Jinghong. Upon arrival, we will take a visit to Mange Buddhist temple, the oldest Buddhist temple (built in the 15th century) in Jinghong City. It looks gorgeous with the Dai-style roof supported by 16 toon-made columns and 16 exquisite white elephants standing on the eaves of the temple. Then be transferred to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Jinghong hotel.