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.
Jinghong has several bus stations. You should go to Banna Bus Station and by a ticket to Menghan. The bus ticket is 17 RMB and will take you on a two-hour ride through mountains and banana trees.
From the bus station in Menghan, you can easily walk down to the entrance of the park but you can also take a small tuktuk which is 5 RMB to the entrance. This is good if you can’t find the park yourself.
The park is concentrated on the Dai minority of Yunnan province which originates from the people of Thailand and Laos. The park seems to have been built around a Dai village which I personally think makes it more interesting because the Dai people are still living inside the park. It feels more like a normal village but the cool thing is that you can walk around and check out the locals’ life and then go to the main stage for a beautiful Dai minority show of costumes and dancing.
Twice a day, the park is celebrating the Dai minority’s water splash festival which made me excited. I saw foreigners commenting on the fact that it was fake but I quite enjoyed watching it anyway. I don’t think I have time to go to Yunnan in April to participate so I liked to watch the performance when I was there. Ask at the entrance about the shows so you won’t be late for them.
After the water splashing festival, there was a show where the beautiful colourful dresses of South East China was shown while the Dai music and language were being played and spoken.
There are other things to do in the park but I didn’t go. I liked to just walk around the back alleys to find small temples and locals fixing food for this evening’s dinner. The park is big and you can have your lunch in there as well at one of the local family’s small restaurants in their own wooden houses.
I think this place is worth a visit because of the shows, the Dai minority, the local village atmosphere and the bus ride to and from the town which was an adventure in itself (don’t do it with a hangover though because the roads are horrible and there’s a lot of up and down all the time).