National Minorities Custom Park

Xishuangbanna Nationality Culture Park is located on the bank of beautiful Liusha River near Jinghong City in southern Yunnan Province. It is 1 kilometer away form Jinghong City. It used to be a research base for plants. Late in 1988, it was renovated into a park covering an area of 667,000 square meters (about 165 acres).Thus, the park turns into a tropical garden and a showcase of regional folk customs. It is the miniature of charming Xishuangbanna landscape.

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The park is divided into two sections: south and north sections.
 
The south section includes three tourist zones: a plants specimen zone; a tropical fruit zone and a sunbathing and swimming zone. The plants zone has more than ten kinds of rare plants variety including palms, areca, amomum fruit and fast- growing trees etc. In the tropical fruit zone, there is nine acres of coffee and an orchard of over 99 acres. Trees of coconut, grapefruit, mango, lichee, jackfruit and carambola are flourishing. There is a dedicated area where visitors can pick the fruit when it is in season. Just north of the orchard is a zoo with elephants and a variety of tropical birds.

National Minorities Custom Park Water-Sprinkling Festival

The north section is divided into two parts: folk customs exhibition and folk entertainment. The exhibition includes six halls which is the showcase of traditional houses and customs from six ethnic minorities - the Dai, Hani, Yao, Jinuo, Blang and Lahu. At the entrance of the halls are the guiding symbols of each minority. Folk entertainment includes water splashing festival; Dai wedding rituals; cockfighting; dragon boat races; bamboo fireworks and bamboo rafting, to name a few.

These minorities living in Xishuangbanna conduct a variety of activities
Four outdoor dancing halls are set up for  visitors to watch different ethnic dancing: the Dai Peacock Dance; the Jinuo Drum Dance (using a drum 1.5 meters long with an eighty centimeters diameter) and the Lahu Trichord Dance (featuring anywhere from four to 400 dancers). Other ethnic minorities in Yunnan conduct dance programs as well. These usually are available on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Location: No.41 Minhang Road, Jinghong City
Entrance fee: RMB 50
Transportation: four kilometers away from the airport, you can take No.1 Bus to get there or you can hire a rickshaw or walk there from Jinghong city.
Tel: 0691-2122487 

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