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Jinghong (景洪; Jǐnghóng) is the capital of Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan.

Get in

By plane

Jinghong's tiny airport (IATA: JHG) fields daily flights from Kunming and a few other cities in China. The only international flight of Bangkok Airways previously from Bangkok and Chiang Mai has stopped flying there in 2008. Note that when booking a plane ticket to Jinghong, if it is not listed as "Jinghong" it may be listed as "Xishuangbanna".

By bus

There are over a dozen sleeper buses from Kunming daily, from around 9am to 6pm. They cost ¥150-260, depending on the coach quality. The bus takes around 8 hours, and will travel over some bumpy dirt roads. Note that it may be a "sleeper bus" (lying down) even during the day.

This is the first big city for travelers coming from Laos. This is the first place with banks that accept foreign cards, but most travelers will have to change buses in Mengla to get here.

By boat

Ferry trips run along the Mekong to Chiang Saen (on Thailand's side of the Golden Triangle) for ¥800, no Laos/Myanmar visa necessary. They leave early and take a full day (see http://www.maekhongtravel.com/en/), slower 3-4 day cruise style trips are also available. (slower 3-4 day cruise trips are unavailable now, atleast for my travels in 2009) Also normal cruise departs once a week, with sometimes cancellations due to low demand.

Get around

The interesting parts of town are definitely walkable.

Jinghong has plenty of tuk-tuks or auto-ricksaws about. Hire these as a slightly cheaper way to get between places, but more than a kilometer or two and your butt might be sore all day.

Taxis run about ¥5-15 to places in town.

Down by the Nancang it may be possible to hire a boat for a bit of river cruising.




The usual Chinese tourist gimmicks. Local Dai produced items also available.




There are a number of O.K. options near the bus station, with the cheapest starting at ¥15 a night. For other, more expensive options, try the reservation booth at the bus station. They'll steer you to the city's four and five star options at a discount.

Get out

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