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Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, besides Xishuagbanna, is the other most famous place for being the home of the Dai people. It has been featured in many Chinese movies and TV series. There is a Beautiful Place is a folk song of the Dai people well known around China that was dedicated to describe the beauty of this region. Beautiful natural scenery, diverse ethnic cultures and border tourism are the great reasons why you should visit here.

Dehong is located on the border of western Yunnan. Bordering Myanmar on three sides, this prefecture has a boundary line of 504 KM (313 miles) and is thus an important inland gateway of China to South and Southeast Asia. The prefecture is full of tourist sites: The Ruili and Da'ying Rivers being the State Scenic Area, where you can enjoy various natural scenes, ethnic cultures and border tours, the Wanding State Forest Park, and the Official Residential Site of Nandian Pacification Commissioner Chief in Lianghe County, which is touted as a State Reserve Historical Relic.

The Scenic area of the Ruili and Da'ying Rivers is a State Level Scenic Area which includes over 600 scenic spots within an area of 659 sq KM (254 sq miles). This tourist attraction is characterized by its colorful ethnic cultures, beautiful tropical landscapes and exotic border views.

Ruili River is one of the most important rivers in the west of Yunnan province. Over 20 km (or 12.4 miles) of the river serves as a border line between China and Myanmar. The river is gentle and mild--Dai villages and folk architecture dot the river bank. At times you can find beautiful Dai girls bathing in the river.  

Da’ying River originates in the rocky mountain region of northwest Yunnan province. Meandering through vast primitive forests and gorgeous valleys, it slows down in the Dehong region. The peaceful life of the Dai people with farm fields is the attraction here. Dai homes along the river and the singing of Dai people present a picturesque scene.

The Official Residential Site of the Nandian Pacification Commissioner Chief.
Grand and elegant, this residential site is the only local official residence that has been preserved in its complete form in Yunnan from the Ming Dynasty. It has been praised as the "Forbidden City of Dai People". It was built by a pacification commissioner surnamed Gong, who was sent to this region in the Ming Dynasty (over 400 hundreds years ago). Later on, as the family settled down here, the Han family was gradually impacted by local Dai culture. Their family name was changed to Dao (literally meaning sword), a typical surname of the Dai people. Hence the architecture of the official Residential Site of the pacification commissioner is a perfect combination of Han and Dai. The Admission fee is 20 RMB.

The site is situated in Zhedao Township of Lianghe County, which used to be an important fortress on the Sichuan-India Road, an ancient road linking China and India back to around the first century.

Tree–Wrapped–Stupa and Stupa–Wrapped–Tree
The Dai in Dehong generally believe in Theravada Buddhism. There are Stupas, or Burmese Buddhist temples, all over the prefecture. Among these there are two which are especially unique, the Tree—Wrapped--Stupa and the Stupa–Wrapped--tree. There is a stupa wrapped up by a big banyan tree and there is tree wrapped up by the stupa, respectively. It is believed that many years ago the seeds of a bodhi tree were carried by birds to the top of the stupas; the seeds sprouted and grew into trees inside the stupas. While the tree in the Stupa—wrapped--tree is still young and not yet able to wrap over the stupa, the tree in the Tree—Wrapped--Stupa is much older so that it could wrap up the stupa.

The Munao Zongge Dance Festival
This is the grandest celebration for the Jingpo people, and the name tells us pretty much what the festival is about. Both "Munao" and "Zongge" are transliterations from different branches of the Jingpo language, and both have the meaning of "collective dance".  The festival normally falls on the 15th day of the first lunar calendar, which is around the month of February and lasts for three days. The festival is a magnificent activity with hundreds of thousands of participants. Led by Naoshuang (the dance leader), all the people line up in a long queue behind the dance leader to sing, dance and move graciously and slowly making various kinds of dancing movements following a strong rhythm. Praised as spectacular, recreational and with massive participation, the Munao Zongge Dance is unique of its kind around the whole world




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