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.

Hani woman - Yuanyang rice-paddy terracing images and video Yunnan China
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

Yunnan guide summary

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...
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Honghe Guide | Yunnan Travel

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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