As a tour operator to China, I have some clients who can only get away for a Tour to China in the winter months or cooler months of the year. For those people I try to send them to southern China or in warmer areas. Xishuangbanna area and the city of Jinghong in the south just north of Viet Nam, Laos and Burma is one of those special areas. Wild elephants, fantastic tropical parks, rubber, pineapple, banana and other tropical fruit plantations abound in this area. Also over 26 minority nationalities are in Yunnan province with their different cultures, clothes and traditional ways. One culture, the Hani people, the woman do all the work and the man retires once they marry. My wife thinks that is a bad idea of course. Xishuangbanna is the area surrounded by jungle but has an airport to fly into from Kunming. The locals call their area “Banana” for short. The tractor shown above is the local transportation for the farmers bringing their produce to the many wonderful markets scattered through out the countryside. My guide shown above calls those tractors a “Banana Benz” A take off on the Mercedes Benz of course. A local joke! Few western tourists come here but it is a wonderful escape from the colder areas of China in the winter as well as so many western tourists. For more information on Tours to China check out web site at www.interlakechinatours.com
One of the interesting places to visit in China especially during the winter months is Xishuangbanna which is an area in south Yunnan province just over the boarder from Burma and Laos and north of Thailand. It is semi tropcial with fresh fruits and vegetables surrounded by low growing jungle trees and plants. It has the only airport in south Yunnan province located at the city of Jinghong. Prior to the revolution in 1949, this area was used to study tropical plants and shrubs. There is also a large assortment of palm trees here that were being studied. These areas are now Botanical parks that are well kept and worth visiting. Few tourists go here so it is a great place to visit without hords of western tourists. There are many minority peoples with colorful clothes and cultural practices that you may visit in their villages. There is also the wild elephant preserve, rubber plantations, as well as countless fruit growing farms amongst the hills. Outdoor restaurants in the countryside have wonderful food and you will visit large markets and probably be the only western people there. In the parks, I get a massage for about $2 for an hour as well as having local tea or beer. The slow pace and colorful clothes of the many different tribes of people make this a great place to visit for 2 or 3 days. Check my web site at wwww.interlakechinatours.com We do customized private tours to China and Tibet only. Over 25 years experience in doing tours. Click on the photos for full screen viewing!