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  Elephant statue in the center of the village
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I took a bus out of Jinghong heading to Ganlanba (Menghun) to visit Dai Minority Park. It is basically a few villages combined to be a so called 'minority park'. Here the Dai people still live their daily life. They still live in wooden houses on stilt. Boys still become monks in the village. There are at least 3 buddhist temples in the park that reflect Thai/Burmese architecture. There is a centre stage in the park that has performances of Dai traditional dances. After the performances, there is a immitation of Water Splashing Festival outside the amphiteatre. I found that the centre stage was too touristy and it is designed to attract tour groups from other parts of China.

However, I enjoyed my walk in the village off the beaten path to see some quiet part of the village. There are a few houses in the village/ park that participate in homestay programme. To stay with a Dai family, you just have to pay 20RMB per night. (as of 2004).

Park entrance fee was 40RMB (as of 2004)

Address: Ganlanba (Menghun)
Directions: About 1 hour bus ride outside of Jinghong. Once get off at Ganlanba (Menghun), take a 'tuk-tuk' to Dai Minority Park.

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  • Written Dec 5, 2007
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