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XISHUANGBANNA

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Xishuangbanna is one of the few places where travellers can still enjoy the comfort of nature. On this land live more than 13 ethnic groups such as Dai, Hani and Yao, all with colourful customs and rich historical traditions. It holds China's faunal and floral species, and is sometimes better known as natural "kingdom of plants" and "kingdom of animals".

Airport Information

Name of airport: Xishuangbanna Airport

Visa

Home entry permit required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners.
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs

Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Currency

Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197 (updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Accommodation

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Special Programme

Mid April is perhaps the best time to visit as Dai people

Tourist Attraction

Banla Hani Village
Dai minority village - famed for its Water Splashing Festival. The highlights include fiercely competitive dragon-boat races, parades, giant sky-rockets, songs in the streets, buffalo slaughter and splashing water by all the minority groups dressed in their finest clothing.
King of Tea Trees
Mangdou Customs Show Village - where the architecture, handicrafts, history and culture of all the regional minority people are displayed.
Mekong River
Menghai Minority Nationalities Free Market - where villagers meet daily to trade in all manner of wares and produce
Menglun Tropical Plants Park
National Customs Park - where the arts and handicrafts of all 13 regional minority peoples are on display and for sale
Octagonal Pagoda (Ba Jiao Ting) - Artistic architecture of Chinese-style built several centuries ago
Olive Plain (Ganlanba) - there is a large plantations of rubber and fruit trees, which are interspersed with emerald rice fields, random groves of coconut palms aznd occasional tea fields
Peacock Lake
Tropical Botanical Garden - with its 3000 species of plants
Tropical Crops Research Institute
Weijiang Baita Pagoda - a copy of Burmese-style architecture destroyed during 1960
White and Black Pagodas in Manfeilong - Byrnese works of art

Tours and Activities

Tours from Hong Kong

Weather

Min. 10 C (in Jan)
Max. 20 C (in Jul)
Annual Rainfall: 1000mm
Rainy Season: May - Aug
Best Season to visit: Spring (Jan - Mar)
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast
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Language

Official Languages: Mandarin
Language of Business and Administration: Mandarin and English
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Electricity

220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency Number

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Tourist Hotline: 5261179
Ambulance: 120 , 7213460
Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
Fire: 119
Tel No. Enquiry: 114
Police: 110
Foreign Affairs Office of Police: 7216795

Public Holidays

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