Jinghong, Dai language, means the “City of Dawn” and is the capital of Xishuangbanna and situated in a rich basin on the west bank of the Mekong (Lancang) River, near the borders with Myanmar. Jinghong city has many natural sceneries and national customs, which can be used as a starting point for understanding Xishuangbanna.

Wild Elephant Valley is located 36 kilometers north of Jinghong and covers an area of 369 hectares. It has dense forests, and Asian wild elephants, green peacocks, black bears, and other amphibians inhabit here.

The Tropical Botanical Garden has preserved tens of thousands of tropical plants from all over the world, and a large area of tropical rain forests.

Lancang(Mekong) River Cruises, a round trip from Jinghong Port, is a good choice to enjoy the night view of Jinghong City.

Nannuo Mountain and Jingmai Mountain are very famous tea producing regions with a large area of tea gardens and a large number of ancient tea trees. Besides, some characteristic villages of local ethnic minorities are also hidden among them.

The Manting Garden formerly known as the local King’s Royal Garden has a history of more than 1,300 years (the Buddha Temple inside it is an ancient temple famous in Southeast Asia).

Where to Eat in Jinghong?

1. Meimei Coffee 美美咖啡屋
Both Western and local menu to offer – nice atmosphere, reasonable prices, wonderful service, and fantastic food.

ADD: 勐龙路景兰国际后门F幢108号
TEL : (0691) 2161221
OPENING HOURS: 10:00 – 00:00


2. Kumali Restaurant 库玛丽尼泊尔风味餐吧
Nicely decorated Nepalese restaurant.

ADD: 菩提大道景兰寨15-107
TEL : (0691) 2261001
OPENING HOURS: 11:00 – 21:00, 17:30 – 21:30


3. Jinghong Night Market 告庄夜市

The area where you go out in the city center at night is the Gao Zhuang Xi Shuang district. Along the Mekong, a row of bar-restaurants spread out their terraces on the riverside, with their eyes on the illuminated bridge. Overhanging, on an endless pedestrian alley, are the stands of the night market. First, on the deck side, the food, with, on the menu, all the Dai specialties: brochettes of all types (meat, snails, sweet potatoes, fruit), grilled passion fruit with herbs, beef marinade, grilled vegetables, various fried foods, cooked bamboo rice, banana blossom omelets. Follow the sellers of everything, jewelry, trinkets, boxers, tattoos, real or fake … Beautiful atmosphere, lively, popular. The most famous barbecue restaurant is Manfeilong 曼飞龙烤鸡 (No.3 store).

ADD: 告庄西双赶摆街1-1101号
TEL: 18988192889

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Influenced by the Dai culture and the climate, the gastronomy of Jinghong is characterized by mixing sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy flavors.

Renowned local specialties:

  • fish bred in the Mekong River
  • grilled fish with special spices, wrapped by lemongrass
  • banana flower with eggs
  • bamboo-tube-cooked rice
  • fried insects
  • tropical fruits

You can find more detailed information on the gastronomy of Yunnan on this page: 10 unique Yunnan food.

Other Xishuangbanna’s Attractions

Trips and Tours Ideas in Xishuangbanna

Jinghong Mekong River Market

Tropical China in Xishuangbanna

6 days | Jinghong, and Jingmai  
As a locality of the Dai minority, the rice terraces, tea gardens, primeval forests, and valleys compose the marvelous landscapes of Xishuangbanna.


Highlights of Yunnan (with Xishuangbanna)

24 days | Combine the highlights of Yunnan’s north and south
A 24-day travel plan includes the classics of Yunnan and destinations off the beaten track. Explore the colorful minority culture and varied scenery of Yunnan during the trip.