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Honghe Overview

At the southern feet of the high an precipitous Ailao an Liushao Mountains, there extends a vast stretch of beautiful richly endowed and mystical land. This is the Honghe Autonomous Prefecture of Hani and Yi Nationalities, much alike a piece of green precious stone inlaid at the southernmost end of China. Honghe covers an area of 32,930 square kilometers, Honghe Prefecture has four cities and nine counties, with the population of 4,561,000. The prefecture capital is Mengzi County. Honghe Prefecture also has plenty of abundant natural resources, Yuanyang bench terrace is one of them. Jianshui Confucius—a scenic spot with a very long history; Shiping, a cultural city; Hekou and Jinshui River are important seaports of hinge in china. Yunnan Adventure Tavel provides professional Honghe Tour that caters different travel demands for you.

‣ Where is Honghe

Honghe Autonomous Prefecture of Hani and Yi Nationalities is located in the south-eastern part of Yunnan province, east longitude 101 ° 47 '- 104 ° 16' ,north latitude22 ° 26 '~24° 45'.  North border with Kunming city, east neighbour Wenshan prefecture, west connected with Yuxi , east near to Vietnam.

‣ Basic Information of Honghe

Full Name: Honghe Autonomous Prefecture of Hani and Yi Nationalities

Chinese Name:红河哈尼族彝族自治州

Area: 32,930 square kilometers

Population: 4,561,000

Zip Code: 661100

Seat of Prefecture Government: Mengzi County

‣ Administrative Division of Honghe

Honghe Prefecture has jurisdiction four cities and eleven counties, Mengzi City(蒙自),Gejiu City(个旧), Kaiyuan City(开远),Mile City(弥勒), Yuanyang County(元阳),Honghe County(红河),Shiping County(石屏),Luxi County(泸西),Lvchun County(绿春),Jianshui County(建水),Hekou County(河口),Pingbian County(屏边),Jinping County(金平).

‣ Main Tourist Destinations in Honghe

▪ Yuanyang County (元阳)

It is a popular destination with photographers, this area is one of the Hani minority regions of Yunnan. The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces has been listed in the world heritage list on 22nd June, 2013, became the China's forty-fifth World Heritage sites. 

▪ Jianshui County (建水)

Jianshui with a long history of more than 1200 years was called Lin'an in the ancient time, this area used to be a very important trading city. Jianshui Confucius Temple is first built in Yuan Dynasty,it is the third largest Confucius Temple in China. Zhu Family Garden is a representative of Chinese residential houses of the Qing Dynasty. Tuanshan village was built in Qing Dynasty. Swallow Cave is known as one of the biggest and most splendid cave in Asia.

▪ Gejiu County (个旧)

There is the Grand Mosque of Shadian, which is the largest mosque in southeast China.

▪ Mile County (弥勒市)

Mile is famous for its cigarette factory, one of the largest in China, which produces the Red Pagoda Brand. Mile has recently built a massive golden Buddha a little out of town, atop a hill. In Mile, Yunnan Red Wine Villa is also famous.    

▪ Luxi County (泸西)

Famous for the Alu Ancient Caves, a few kilometres northwest of town, Luxi is north-easternmost county in Honghe.

‣ What to Visit in Honghe



Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. 

Jianshui Old Town

With a long history of more than 1200 years, Jianshui Old Town is one of the national famous historic and cultural towns of China with 50 ancient buildings in good keep.

‣ Ethnic Groups in Honghe

Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture inhabited mainly by Hani and Yi peoples.There are also Hui ethnic, Yao ethnic, Miao ethnic, Zhuang ethnic etc.

Hani Nationality

Most of the 1,439,673 Hanis live in the valleys between the Yuanjiang and Lancang rivers, the vast area between the Ailao and Mengle mountains in southern Yunnan Province. They are under the jurisdiction of the Honghe Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture, which includes Honghe, Yuanyang, Luchun and jinping counties.

▪ Yi Nationality

The Yi people live mainly in Yunnan, one of the place with the highest numbers of Yi are which is the Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture. The Yi areas are rich in natural resources. The Jinsha River running through Sichuan and Yunnan and its tributaries surging through the Yi areas in northern and northeastern Yunnan are enormous sources of water power.

‣ What to Eat in Honghe

There are various cuisine in Honghe Prefecture and a little bit spicy. About fruits, you have many choices in Honghe Prefecture, plenty tropical fruits. More specifically, some flowers are also cooked, like Pomegranate flowers, rose etc. During July to September, you can taste plenty of wild mushroom.

Recommended Hotels in Honghe

Stay in Jianshui

Lin'an Hotel(建水临安大酒店)

Stay in Yuanyang

•Yunti Hotel(云梯酒店)

•Timeless Hostel Yuanyang(久居元阳客栈)

Stay in Mile

•Mile Hot Spring Hotel(弥勒湖泉酒店)

•Mile Honghegu Hot Spring Hotel(弥勒红河谷温泉酒店)

Stay in PIngbian

Daweishan Holiday Club(屏边大围山酒店)

‣ Transportation in Honghe

The Dianyue Railway (Kunming-Henei) is a main railway in Honghe Prefecture. It was built by Frenchmen in 1908. It’s one of the only two narrow-gauge railways in the worle. It’s also the only international railway in Yunnan at present. In addition, there is another railway in Honghe Prefecture. It’s the Mengbao Railway (Mengzi-Baoxiu). It starts from the Bisezhai Railway Staion which is on the Kunhe Railway and ends in the Baoxiu Rialway station, via Mengzi, Jieji, Jianshui and Shiping. 

‣ Travel tips of Honghe

•Hekou is a national first-grade port in the southeast end of Honghe bordered by Vietnam. Kunming-Hekou Railway runs through Honghe Prefecture, but it is a narrow-gauge railway. The carriages are narrower than ordinary ones. Traveling by bus will save several hours over making the trip by train. 

Kunming is about 4 hours' drive to Honghe and 3.5 hours to Jianshui County. Buses going here can be easily found in Yunnan Tourist Passenger Transport Bus Station in Minhang Lu of Kunming. Regular buses serve well among counties and cities of the prefecture. Local villagers, however, would usually thumb lifts from wagon drivers. 

For self-reliant tourists, renting a vehicle is a better choice while traveling around in this region. 

•Yunnan Adventure Travel will work out individual travel itinerary for travelers and provide professional English tour guide. If you are interested in traveling to Honghe, please contact our experienced staff to design your private Honghe tour.

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