Honghe guide – Located in southern Yunnan, Honghe prefecture is vast in territory and abundant in tourism resources, with the elegant subtropical view of the southern frontier.

In Honghe prefecture, there is the most magnificent Karst cave of Asia—the Swallow cave in Jianshui, Alugu Cave Scenic Area in Luxi. In addition, there are seven provincial scenic spots, five provincial nature reserves, and sixteen national tourism special lines. Travelling toward the south from Honghe, one can pay a visit to the border of Sino-Vietnam. It needs about one month traveling around all the nearby scenic spots.

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Hani old woman

Mengzi, the capital city of Honghe prefecture, is 300 km far away from Kunming. It is available by car (about 4 hours) and meter gauge railway (460 km from Kunming to Hekou), about 17 hours.

Honghe map

Ethnic minorities

The name of this prefecture comes from the Red River who crosses it and has it absolutely molded its history and its culture. The region is populated by an exotic mixture of ethnic minorities; in addition to the Hani in fact, which constitutes the largest ethnic group, the area is inhabited by other twelve minorities.

Local Food

rice cake of Mengzi, Mengzi cross-bridge rice noodles, roast bean curd of Shiping

Local Products

tin craftworks of Gejiu, violet pottery steam pot made in Jianshui

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Information

Tourism Bureau of Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture
Address: Administrative Center of Mengzi County, Honghe prefecture
Tel: 86 873 3732273      Fax: 86 873 3732279

红河哈尼族彝族自治州旅游局

地址:红河州蒙自县行政中心
电话:86 873 3732273  传真:86 873 3732279

What to see in Honghe

The Hani people (or Ho people ; Hani: Haqniq; Chinese: 哈尼族; Hānízú; Vietnamese: Người Hà Nhì) are an ethnic group living in Vietnam, Laos and Yunnan (China). Over ninety percent of present-day Chinese Hani peoples live in the Province of...
The Hani Village of Qingkou (元阳箐口哈尼民俗村) is located 7 km from the Yuanyang old town. The center of the village is the stone-paved Central Square. The east of the square is the Hani Cultural Exhibition Hall composed of several...
11 kilometers from Mengzi county town, Bisezhai had been the extra-large station on the Yunnan-Vietnam Railway. Being the juncture of the meter-gauge Yunnan-Vietnam Railway and the inch-gauge Gejiu-Bisezhai-Shiping Railway, the station was also the hub for cargo transshipment.  In...
The earliest official customhouse established in Yunnan, Mengzi Customhouse (蒙自海关旧址) is located by the Nanhu Lake of Mengzi County. Survived buildings of the Customhouse were constructed after the customhouse was opened in the Guangxu Years of the Qing Dynasty,...
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The Qihe Tower

The Qihe Tower (企鹤楼) is located at Yilong Township on the campus of the First Middle School of Shiping County, Honghe prefecture, Yunnan. The building cluster consists of the Zhunti Pavilion, the Sanfo Hall, arched stone bridges, the Pearl...
Ancestral Hall and house clusters of the Chen Family (陈氏宗祠与陈氏民居) are located at Zhengying Village of Baoxiu Town, Shiping County, the buildings were constructed in 1927 by Chen Heting, who was the jinshi ( a successful candidate in the...
The Zhilin Temple of Jianshui County (建水指林寺) is located in the west of Jianshui county town, Honghe prefecture, Yunnan province, the Temple was constructed in 1296 and then expanded in the Yongle Years of the Ming Dynasty. The oldest Zen...
5 kilometers from the west of Jianshui county town, Yunnan province, the Twin Dragon Bridge was constructed at the juncture of the Lushui and Tachong Rivers. The bridge got its name because the two rivers looked like dragons. The...
Tuanshan village, 13 km from Jianshui County, Yunnan province, was founded in the late Qing Dynasty. It occupies an area of over 10,000 m2. The village features rural residential complexes in the style of “five patios and rooms on...
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Zhengying Village

Zhengying Village (郑营村) is a 6-century-old village is located at Baoxiu Township of Shiping County, Honghe prefecture, Yunnan province. The 3 streets and 9 lanes of the village are exclusively paved with stone slabs and noted ancient architectures of...
Boasting a history of over 1,200 years, Jianshui County (建水) is one of China’s noted historical and cultural cities.  Chaoyang Gate Tower 建水古城与朝阳楼 The existing Chaoyang Gate Tower was the east gate of Jianshui county town. The symbol of Jianshui County, the...
Shiping (石屏异龙湖) has been a place of commerce for generations. The Yilong lake with an area of 150 km2 is in Shiping County. In summer, tourists have chances to enjoy a charming picture of sceneries: fragrant lotus, ferrying fisher...
Pingbian Dawei Mountain (屏边大围山) is composed of 19 scenic spots. The Dawei mountain with an area of 50 km2 is in Pingbian county. The Dawei mountain which is now a forest park, is featured by complete tropical and subtropical forests,...
Jiayin Terraced Fields (甲寅梯田) is located in Honghe County, Jiayin, with deep ethnic customs is the biggest village of the Hani minority in China. Beside the long street banquet, mushroom houses, folk songs, and palm fan dances, Jiayin village is...
Located in a deep-cut valley that is 30 kilometers to the east of the Jianshui county town, the Swallow Cave (建水燕子洞) is the largest and most magnificent karstic cave in Asia. Research of the cave experts shows that formation of...
The national-level scenic area of Alugu Cave (阿庐古洞) is located in Luxi County, which is 200 kilometers from Kunming. The largest natural karst cave of the Province, Alugu enjoys the fame of “First Cave in Yunnan”. Unique features of the...
Honghe guide - Located in southern Yunnan, Honghe prefecture is vast in territory and abundant in tourism resources, with the elegant subtropical view of the southern frontier. In Honghe prefecture, there is the most magnificent Karst cave of Asia—the...
The Hani and Yi people are the creators of the monumental rice terraced mountains which have made Yuanyang famous. Yuanyang County (元阳县) is located in Honghe Prefecture in southeastern Yunnan province, along the Honghe (Red River). The prefecture is predominantly...

Images: Oliver Huang, Matteo Damiani

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