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.
Xishuangbanna Airport was put into service in April, 1990. It is five kilometers away from Jinghong city. In April, 1996, it also opened international routes to Bangkok. The airport is the second-largest airline next to Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan Province.
It is 520 kilometers flying from Kunming to Xishuangbanna, duration 45 minutes, one-way fare is about 600 Yuan. There are 8-10 daily flights, which is the highest density routes of domestic flights. You can also fly to Simao and then take the bus to Jinghong.
In addition, the Xishuangbanna Airport also has opened flights to Dali, Lijiang, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Tianjin, etc.
Xishuangbanna’s road transport is convenient. The National Road 213, 214 are intersected in Jinghong City. The highways are leading to Mongla, Lancang and Gede in Quanzhou. When you get to Jingkong, there is several bus stations could offer service to the attractions you want to visit.
From Kunming to Hongjing City, the distance is 700 kilometers. Visitors can purchase long-distance bus ticket at Bus Terminal next to Kunming Railway Station. Every day there are over 20 regular shuttles to Jinghong, driving for 24 hours, and the fare is about 110 -150 Yuan.
Lancang River waterway: along the river, can access to Ganlanba. Now there are waterways from Jinghong to Chiang Saen of Myanmar and Vientiane in Laos.
The attractions in Xishuangbanna are scattered. The Jinghong Passenger Station and Xihuangbanna Passenger Service Station have many shuttle buses to each county and village, which is very convenient.
Jinghong Passenger Station
Address: No.23 Jinghong North Road
Xishuangbanna Passenger Service Station
Address: No.5, Minzu North Road
There are three routes of Jinghong city buses, and the buses can reach all the attractions.
Jinghong City’s Taxi fares starting at 5 Yuan, and starting at 7 yuan out of the city. It is charged strictly by the mete.
Jinghong city is not large, so rent a bike is also a good choice. In some hotel, you can rent bicycles, but needed to pay a deposit.
Shorter journey or want to watch the cityscape, rickshaw is a good choice which costs around 2 Yuan.