Jinghong is the border town to South East Asia in Yunnan province of China. The city can be reached by long-distance sleeper bus from Kunming South Bus Station for around 250 RMB/person. The drive is during night time and you can sleep during the whole trip if you feel like it. It’ll take approximately 10 hours.
I was searching through the internet for more information on tourist attractions in Xishuangbanna. I found a post on the Cultural Minority Village but no exact information on how to get there which is why I’m now writing this post to make it easier for you guys. The minority park is located in a small village up in the mountains outside of Jinghong, so you have to go with the local bus from the bigger city of Jinghong. This is your guide and introduction to this beautiful park.
After a visit to all family members in Dali, my friend and I were finally ready to take the bus to the countryside.
I was lucky. My friend and I had been talking about me visiting her in her hometown of Dali. It took us one year to actually make it happen but when it did, I got the whole experience in the four days I spend in the south western corner of China called Yunnan which is also the gateway to South East Asia.
The minority park in Kunming gives you a glimpse into the traditional lives of 26 minority groups of Yunnan province.
When in Baihe, the first thing to do is to check the weather forecast. The Changbai Mountain area is cooler than the town and if it’s raining or too windy, the road to the Heavenly lake will be closed, and you don’t want that to happen because it’s quite pricy to get in.
Erdao Baihe was once a small village in the middle of the Korean Autonomous Region in the North Eastern part of China close to the border between China and North Korea. During the Chinese development, the local government in Jilin decided to create a tourist town out of Baihe. Why? Because Baihe is the closest town to the beautiful mountain Changbai.
I never had any high expectations for the capital city of Jilin province. We only bought train tickets there because my friend had previously posted a stunning picture of a lake, I just had to see. The lake was located far out of the capital city but the train was of course going to the capital city so we had to go. After spending a few days there, I don’t for a single second regret that we went because wow, what a place to explore.
Fenghuang, in English called Phoenix Ancient Town, is a beautiful little village in Hunan province in the middle of China. Fenghuang means phoenix in Chinese and the legend says that two of these majestic birds flew over the village long time ago and because of its beauty, they settled there. I would definitely agree on the beauty aspect of this story. When I first arrived, I was appalled by the charm of this old place. Some people call Suzhou the Venice of China but I personally think Fenghuang might as well have this title because of its nice river floating down through the town of small wooden houses.
After a fun day of climbing through the forest on top of the Zhangjiajie Avatar mountains, I was now up for more cultural inspiration so I found this little ethnic park on my way around town (Zhangjiajie). The people working there are from the ethnic minority called Tujia and they all wore the minority’s traditional clothing. When I arrived at the entrance (picture above), I couldn’t stop taking photos of these cute girls in their colourful outfits.