Xishuangbanna, as a National Scenic Resort, is rich in nature,
historical and cultural resources, noted for the multifarious
folklore, rain forests, rare plants and wildlife, etc. Its major
tourist attractions include Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden,
Manfeilong Pagodas (Tanuozhuanglong), Jingzhen Pavilion, Wild
Elephant Gully, Dai people's village at Ganlanba, etc.
The well-known traditional festival is the ethnic Dai's
Water-Splashing Festival. It lasts for three days from April 13 to
15. Besides water- splashing event it also consists of some other
events such as Dragon boat races, firing of indigenous missiles,
flying Kongming Lamps, etc.
Xishuangbanna contains the one setting of China's tropical
rainforest in China and within the area is preserved pristine Dai
culture. While biology buffs may salivate over the various of flora
and fauna in the region, those who have no horticultural
inclination will still be intrigued by the region's unique culture.
The Dai people celebrate three main festivals, which are the
Opening Door Festival, Closing Door Festival and the
Water-splashing Festival. The first two festivals are dedicated to
Buddha. Grand celebrations and worshipping activities are held at
the various stupas in the region. The Water-splashing Festival is
the most important occasion in the area, which seems to inject a
bit of life into the otherwise uneventful region.
The whole community and tourists alike will be out in the streets
joyfully joining in a battle of water splashing onto each other
during that day. The city turns out to be a sea of billow and