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Lincang Municipality is located in Southwest Yunnan. It has a total population of about 2 million, consisting of 8 counties. Its name is derived from Lancang River (Mekong River) in its east part. Lincang's Cangyuan County is one of the major Wa-inhabited areas in Yunnan Province. The culture of Wa Minority in Lincang is the biggest appeal to the outside world.

What to Visit

 Lincang Municipality is located in Southwest Yunnan. It has a total population of about 2 million, consisting of 8 counties. Its name is derived from Lancang River (Mekong River) in its east part. Lincang's Cangyuan County is one of the major Wa-inhabited areas in Yunnan Province. The culture of Wa Minority in Lincang is the biggest appeal to the outside world. Main attractions include Cangyuan Cliff Paintings(沧源崖画), Wengding Wa Primitive Village(翁丁原始村落), Guanyun Buddism Temple(广允佛寺), Nangun River Nature Reserve(南滚河自然保护区), Banhong Anti-British Battle Monument(班洪抗英纪念碑),Menglai Cliff(勐来崖厦)Menglai Palm Beach(勐来董棕林),Canglong Cave( 藏龙洞),the Stone Buddha Cave(石佛洞), and the High Tower standing on the borderline in Banlao village.

When to visit

Cangyuan located in Lincang Prefecture, southwest of Yunnan, it enjoys hot and mild  temperature all year around. But the temperature difference between day and night , especially in spring and winter. Therefore, if you go to Cangyuan during these two seasons, please take some warm clothes .Cangyuan  is a city for tour available all year around, however the best time to go there is from March to October. Because there are many festivals of ethnic minority group, and plenty of fruits and flowers during these month.


What to noice

In Chinese: 沧源佤族自治县 ; In Pinyin: Cāng   Yuán Wǎ Zú Zì Zhì Xiàn

Population:  170,000 persons (by   the end of 2010);

Nationalities: Wa、Yi、Dai、Lahu、Zhuang、Bai、Hui、Lisu、Miao,Han.

Administrative Division Code : 530927;

Post Code : 677400

Phone Area Code :0883

The Prefix of Motor Vehicle License Plate : 云S

The Prefix of Citizen Identity Card Number: 530927

Area Coverage: 2539 square kilometers;

Population : 170,000 persons (by the end of 2010);

Seat of Government: Mengdong   Town

Useful Numbers
Consumer Complaint: 12315
Tourist Complaint: 0883-7121005

Telephone Number Inquiry: 114 
Weather Forecast: 121

Fire: 119

Police: 110

Ambulance: 120

Banks: You can use your credit card, traveler's check or cash to exchange for Chinese Yuan in some branches of Bank of China in this city.

Cangyuan people’s Bank of China(PBC)

Address:Guangchang  Road on Cangyuan county

Cangyuan Branch of  Agricultural Bank of China

Address: No,343, on Guangchang Rd Mengdong Town in Cangyuana.

Telephones: While public phones are easily found in small shops along streets in the city, we suggest visitors make low-cost IDD or DDD calls in post offices or telecom buildings.

Internet Bars: You can ask the native where to find an Internet bar, there are many Internet bars in Cangyuan  center with good speed and environment charging 2 to 3 yuan per hour.

Tip: do take care of your personal articles when in an Internet bar.

Toilet Facilities: Most toilets in the city charge no more than 0.5 yuan. Visitors can find free sanitary toilets in some large department stores or fast food restaurants.

Post Office:

Post Office of Cangyuan

 Address:No,191,Guangyun Rd,Mengdong town in Cangyuan.

Tel : 0883-7123255

Book Stores:

Xinhua Book Store

Address: Mengdong town in Cangyuan.

Tel : 0883-7121521


People's Hospital of Cangyuan County

Tel: (0883)7121016

Address: Mengdong town in Cangyuan.


Middle School:

Cangyuan  First secondary school,

Address: Mengdong town in Cangyuan.

Tel: 13988354820

 Cangyuan National High School High School

Address: Mengdong town in Cangyuan.


Primary School:

Cangyuan National Primary School:

Address: Mengdong town in Cangyuan.

There are mang Primary Schools in different town such asTuanjie  Primary Schoo(团结小学), Guomen Primary School(国门小学) and so on.



Cangyuan County  Kindergarten

Address: Mengdong town in Cangyuan

There are mang Kindergarten in evry villages and towns.

 How to fit in 

 It’s easier to get around in Gengma  if you know some basic Mandarin, especially when ordering food, but there are a number of important points of business etiquette to remember too. Confucianism, with its attention to demeanour , harmony, and preservation of “face,” plays a central role.Meetings always begin with a handshake. Give a slight nod and don’t be too vigorous when shaking hands, it could come across as be ing aggressive. Stay away from physical contact after this, including pats on the arm. If a host is guiding you they may tug your sleeve.Have business cards translated on one side. It is considered fortuitous if they are printed in gold ink. Be sure to place received cards in a case rather than your pocket. Avoid humour since jokes may not come across as you intend. Gift etiquette and negotiations can be complex, so it’s best to read more deeply about them.

How to pay

All transactions are made in Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY). The currency is used throughout the country and available at any ATM. C$1 is worth about ¥5.6 CNY. Frequently used bank notes are: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, ¥100. 


Travel tips: 6-day Wa Culture Adventure Tour

 Day-to-day Itinerary 

Day1  Kunming-Cangyuan (bus). Accommodation in Cangyuan

Day2  Visit Guangyunmian Temple(沧源缅寺院) with architectural styles of Dai, Bai and Wa; Cangyuan Cliff Painting(沧源崖画), Century-old Palm Tree Bushes, Yanxia House (Yanxia is a kind of ceremony of Wa people), Canglong Cave. Accommodation in Menglai

Day3 Hiking and sightseeing in alpine virgin forest, lakes, Xileng Lake, Banlie Waterfall, Songlai Lake, Mengleng Lake, and Wengding Wa Primitive Community. Overnight in Banhong.

Day4 Remains  of anti-Britain Oath in Banhong, Nangun River Natural Reserve. Accommodation in Mengding

Day5  Visit  to Mengding, a frontier town at the boundary between China and Myanmar; drifting in Nanting River to Qingshuihe Special Zone of Myanmar; Drug Course of Laojie City (Myanmar). Accommodation in Mengding

Day6 End/Back to Kunming

1)The tour is not recommended for those who are aged and infirm, and who have hypertension and altitude sickness. Those with unfavorable psychological or physical shapes shall be cautious to take this tour. 

2)Any sun creams are needed since the destination is located on the area with high altitude and strong ultraviolet rays

3)The accommodation conditions are harsh in some destinations; sometimes only guesthouses or local houses are available.

4)Coats and sweaters are needed since the temperature difference in some places is sharp within a day. 

5)Necessities for hiking: tents, flashlights, matches, food and drinks etc. High-calorie food is especially recommended (such as chocolate, hams etc.)  

6)Arrange medicines for common ailments such as cold and fever etc.

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