Manting Park, situated in the southeast of Jinghong, is 2 kilometers away from Jinghong City. It covers a total area of 115,400 square meters. With the radiant and enchanting scenery, dense forest and a great variety of fruit trees, Manting Park is the ideal tourist attraction for people to go sightseeing. Manting Park is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna with a long history of 1300 years. It used to be the Dai Imperial Garden and the place for the emperor to please the eyes in the ancient times. It is said that the park is also called Chunhuan Park which means the park of soul for the reason that the beautiful scenery of the park attracted the soul of the Dai queen when she was visiting it. Manting Park boasts not only the unique natural scenery, but also artificial rare flowers and architecture. So tourists can enjoy both the beautiful natural scenery and places of historic figures and cultural heritage with rich folk custom.
The main entrance of the park is in the south of the park. The park is composed of Ethical Culture Square, Tropical Peacock garden, Buddhism Culture Zone, Plant Memorial Zone, Dai Culture Tea Zone and other scenic spots. In the center of Ethical Culture Square, there stands a bronze statue of Premier Zhou in memory of his taking part in Water-Sprinkling Festival of the Dai national minority in 1961. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful dance and songs of Dai nationality, take part in all kinds of folk activities and enjoy the pleasure of the original Water-Sprinkling Festival.
Manting Park, located in the southeast of Jinghong City in Yunnan Province, is about 2 kilometers (about 1.24 miles) away from the urban area of that city. It has an area of 115,400 square meters (about 28.5 acres).
With a history of more than 1,300 years, Manting Park is the oldest park in Jinghong City. In medieval times, it was the park where feudal leaders went to relax and enjoy themselves. Manting Park is also called 'Chunhuan Park' which means the place where people can have their soul relax and keep all the earthly cares out of minds. This name came from a legend: One day, the King of the Dai ethnic group came to visit this park with his princess. The princess then was so completely enthralled by the beauty of the sceneries in the park that she lost her soul and forgot anything else around her.
Some historically meaningful attractions can also been seen in the park. As soon as visitors enter the park, a bronze statue comes into view. It depicts Premier Zhou Enlai, who once joyfully spent the Water-Splashing Festival with the Dai people. The statue commemorates that unforgettable day. To the left of the statue is the second historical attraction: two dodhi trees planted by the princess of Thailand symbolize the friendship between Thailand and China.
Now, Manting Park is a place where visitors not only enjoy the scenes of a park and a temple but also the traditional culture of the Dai. Buildings, such as the pavilions, possess the distinguished architectural features of the Dai. In the back of the park, there is a temple called Jiebajie in Dai language. It is the most important place for Buddhists in Xishuangbanna to worship Buddhas. Some other various kinds of entertainments are available too, for example, the peacock park where peacocks strut and the elephant park where elephants do acrobatics. As a former royal park, its natural beauty is fascinating with the hard work of the gardeners. The green trees provide visitors cool shade to have a rest. Next to the park is a traditional village of the Dai where visitors could enjoy Dai Cuisine and get to know their tradition and custom.
Evenings there are even more enjoyable. Every night, there is a bonfire party from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. During these three hours, visitors will have the chance to watch dances of the Dai, listen to people in traditional Dai costumes playing the Hu Lu Si (a kind of traditional musical instrument). In addition, several traditional activities are held every night. If interested, the visitor could join in. Will you come?
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