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Jinghong

Travel Guide Asia China Yunnan Jinghong

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Introduction

Minority Women Hanging out at the Motorbike shop

Minority Women Hanging out at the Motorbike shop

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Jinghong (景洪) is the capital of Xishuangbanna and a major centre for tourism. Most of the tourism in this area is focused around the natural beauty of area, including amazing wildlife like wild elephants, and the diversity of the different minority groups. Xishuangbanna has also been traditionally considered one of the edges of the Chinese world and part of the Golden Triangle opium world. This rarely visited part of China is truly stunning and worth the trip and Jinghong is the jumping point.

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Sights and Activities

Jinghong Botanical Gardens

Jinghong Botanical Gardens

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  • Tropical Flowers and Plants Garden (热带花卉园 ,redai huahuiyuan ) is a botanical garden on the western edge of town at 28 Jinghong Xilu (景洪西路28号). The RMB 40 entrance is well worth it and different gardens with the rain forest area is a great green space to get lost in. There are also a zip line located in the park that can be rode for some extra rmb

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Events and Festivals

  • Dai Water Splashing Festival is the big event in this area. The Dai people are realitives of the Thai and this is their new year celebration. It is usually held in mid April, remember Jinghong fills up for this festival and all prices will be higher. Local performers do the dances for tourists every night of the week though in the local concert hall.

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Getting There

The local ride, rural China style

The local ride, rural China style

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By Plane

Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport (IATA: JHG, ICAO: ZPJH) is a small airport located just outside of town. It has direct flights to most cities in Yunnan although the majority of flights will connect in Kunming. Remember to bring food with you because the options in the airport are terrible and delays are common.

By Bus

Bus is your best option for getting in and town. The main bus station is centrally located and easy to get to.

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Eat

Locate on manting lu (曼听路) there are several restaurants serving local Chinese food, Thai food and western food for good prices.

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Sleep

Budget

Located on manting lu (曼听路) there are several cheaper hotels

  • Dai Building hotel (Daijia Huayuan Xiaolou) Phone: 216 2592, 57 manting lu (曼听路57号). The place is a bit basic and a little dirty, although it has charm because of the little bamboo huts. If looking for a cheap and unique place to stay this is it.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wangba (联网) means internet bar in Chinese. Almost every town will have an internet bar or gaming center. The best way to spot an internet bar is to look for the 网(ba) character, which means net, and large digitized images of computer game characters. Often, there will be a sign saying Green Power in English at the entrance. Most gaming centers cost about RMB3 an hour. You prepay at the main desk and are then given a plastic card or a piece of paper. Once you are done you return the card or piece of paper and get reimbursed for the money you didn't spend. Be prepared for a place that might be dingy, basic and messy. Internet bars in China tend to get crowded starting in the late afternoon to the late evenings.

Some hotels provide access from the rooms that may or may not be free; others may provide a wireless service or a few desktops in the lounge area.
Also, quite a few cafes provide free wireless Internet service. Some cafes, even provide a machine for customer use.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to China is 86. To make an international call from China, the code is 00.

When making international phone calls it is best to buy an IP card. They typically have a value of ¥100 but sometimes can be had for as little as ¥25. The cards have printed Chinese instructions, but after dialing the number listed on the card English-spoken instructions are available. As a general indication of price, a call from China to Europe lasts around 22 minutes with a ¥100 card. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are advertised to be another 20% cheaper. There is no warning before the card runs out of minutes.

If you already have a GSM 900/1800 cellphone, you can roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive (¥12-35/minute is typical). If you're staying for more than a few days, it will usually be cheaper to buy a prepaid Chinese SIM card; this gives you a Chinese phone number with a certain amount of money preloaded. Chinese tend to avoid phone numbers with the bad-luck digit '4', and vendors will often be happy to offload these "unsellable" SIM-cards to foreigners at a discount. If you need a phone as well, prices start around ¥100/200 used/new. Chinese phones, unlike those sold in many Western countries, are never "locked" and will work with any SIM card you put in them. China's two big operators are China Mobile and China Unicom. Most SIMs sold by the two work nationwide, with Unicom allowing Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan usage as well. There is usually a surcharge of about ¥1/min when roaming outside the province you bought the SIM, and there are some cards that work only in a single province, so check when buying.

Post

China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters, because small town people might not know what Estonia is in English. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.

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