Situated in the westernmost point of Yunnan Province, the People’s Republic of China, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture is an autonomous prefecture inhabited by ethnic minority groups. It includes five counties and cities, namely Mangshi City, Ruili City, Lianghe County, Yingjiang County and Longchuan County. Located at24.5 degrees northlatitudeand 98.5 degrees east longitude, Dehong borders Baoshan in the east and Myanmar in the north, south and west. It featuresasubtropicalmonsoonclimate. Known as “The homeland of peacocks”, Dehong boasts of unique customs of border area, diverse culture of ethnic groups, green ecology, refreshing relaxation and featured shopping.
Dehong earns its name from transliteration of Dai language, which means downstream of Nujiang River. Blessed with mild climate, Dehong enjoys blooming flowers and fresh fruits all the year round. The Water Splashing Festival of Dai ethnic group, Munao Zongge Festival of Jingpo ethnic group and grand festivals of other ethnic groups endow the prefecture with colorful ethnic customs. The Munao Zongge Festival, which is held annually in the middle of the first month in lunar calendar, involves thousands of dancers.
Blessed with scenic places of interest, miraculous subtropical rain forest, idyllic scenery, colorful customs of border areas and precious jewelry, Dehong is reputed as “Natural Forest Park”, “ Kingdom of Animals and Plants”, and “ Home of Jade”. Dehong is an ideal destination for tourists who want to experience ethnic customs and explore borderland scenery. It also caters to photographers and jade lovers. All in all, in Dehong, there is always something worth exploring.