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Xishuangbanna Travel Guide

Xishuangbanna Overview

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture (Xishuangbanna in short), lies on the southwest part of Yunnan Province, is one of the minority autonomous prefectures of the province and permanently raises some multiracial residents, such as Dai, Hani, Lahu and Blang, Jino, etc. The minority nationalities account for 74 per sent of the total population in this area. Jinghong is the political, cultural and financial center of Xishuangbanna.

As one of the key tourism cities in China, Xishuangbanna is famous for its magnificent tropical rainforest scenery and traditional minority customs. Besides, its special geographical position – borders Laos and Burma, adjacent Thailand and Vietnam, made it the important access to Southeast and South Asia and the gateway of Yunnan Province opening to the outside world.

Locates at longitude 99°56' - 101°50' East, 21°08' - 22°36' North latitude, Xishuangbanna has a tropical monsoon climate, belongs to tropical humid region south of the Tropic of Cancer, with warm weather and be divided into only two seasons – the rain season and the dry season. The rain season lasts for 5 months (May to Oct), the dry season even longer – 7 months.

As approach to Indian Ocean, affected by its Southwest Monsoon, this area is warm and humid, ideal for plants grow, thus Xishuangbanna also been called “the Kingdom of Plants”. The rich rainforest covers an area of over 466.67 square kilometers. There are over 20,000 types of plants growing in this region, among them, 5,000 species are tropical plants, edible plants about 10,000 species and some of them are utilitarian materials. Xishuangbanna is the second biggest producing place of rubber.

Vast rainforest offers ideal habitat for local animals – birds of 429 species and beasts of 67 species. You can also find many rare creatures like Vulture, Indo-Chinese Tiger and Panthera Pardus, etc.

The whole region of Xishuangbannan is a famous Scenic Spot and Natural Reserve, which can be divided into 3 main parts – Jinghong City Scenic Area, Menghai County Scenic Area and Mengla Scenic Area. The whole scenic spot covers an area of over 1202.53 square kilometers.

Road, Railway and Waterway are the main methods for outer-city transport.

Xishuangbanna Facts

Area Code: 0691

Zip Code: 6661000

Area: 19,582 square kilometers

Population: Registered Population: 1,000,000

Xishuangbanna Climate & Weather

Brief Information

Xishuangbannan, located south of the Tropic of Cancer, is the tropical monsoon climate. The mountainous area belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate. It is warming all year round, sunny and rich in heat, humid and rainy. It has long summer and no winter. The year is only divided into rainy and dry seasons. The rain season is from late May to late October, while dry season is from late Oct. to the late May of the next year. The rain seasons last for 5 month, and the precipitation accounted for more than 80% of the annual precipitation.

Because of the special climate in Xishuangbanna, there has never ever snowed before. Even in the coldest January, the average temperature here is 16 ℃. However, during the hottest time, the average temperature in Xishuangbanna is only 28 ℃. Xishuangbanna people are looking forward to see snow, but it seems this is not possible.

"Hot" is a major feature of Xishuangbanna climate. Take Jinghong for example, the annual average temperature is 21.9 ℃, and the monthly average temperature from April to October is 22.5 ~ 25.6 ℃.

Climate Data Table for Xishuangbanna
h5Jan h5Feb h5Mar h5Apr h5May h5Jun h5Jul h5Aug h5Sep h5Oct h5Nov h5Dec
h525.5 h528.6 h531.9 h533.4 h532.6 h531.5 h530.5 h530.8 h530.6 h529.1 h526.3 h523.9
11.6 12.0 14.4 18.0 21.1 22.7 22.6 22.4 21.6 19.7 16.4 13.0
h5Rainfall (mm) 12.4 14.7 21.8 51.5 126.8 158.5 220.2 197.7 141.1 91.2 59.4 18.3
h5Days of rainfall 6.2 h53.6 h54.4 h510.1 h517.4 h521.1 h522.9 h521.3 h516.6 h512.9 h58.9 h57.6

•Best time to visit Xishuangbanna:

Xishuangbanna belongs to tropical rain forest climate, no intense heat of summer and severe cold winter, warm and pleasant all year round. Best time to travel is from October to next June.

Xishuangbanna only has wet and dry seasons. The annual average temperature is 21 ℃ and never snows here, even in January. The daytime temperatures are high; a sweater is enough in winter.

•Try to Avoid domestic travel seasons

Try to plan your Xishuangbanna tour to avoid the peak holidays. Because they are popular with Chinese tourists, Xishuangbanna attractions become more crowded in these periods.

The most crowded seasons in China are Chinese Spring Festival (usually in late Jan or early Feb.), International Labor Day (May 01 to 03) and National Day (Oct 01-07). Spring Festival and the National Day golden week are the most crowded time for travelling.

Xishuangbanna Tours & Tings to Do