An ever-popular tourist spot in China, Xishuangbanna seems to have always impressed its tourists with an endless vista of natural scenic attractions. For many tourists, visiting Xishuangbanna means a chance to contact a great variety of ethnic groups with colourful customs and costumes, stroll through spacious rain forests inhabited by rare animals and plants, and immerse themselves in a water splashing ritual, which is believed to bring good luck. Xishuangbanna is home to the last few Asian elephants still existing in China. The species roamed over a large part of the country even as late as a few hundred years ago.
Known as the Xishuanghanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture (area 197,000 square kilometres), the region of Yunnan Province takes its name from the Dai words, which roughly mean “Twelve Rice-Growing Regions.” It became an autonomous prefecture in 1953, with Jinghong (“Daybreak city” in Dai language) as its capital. A Dai autonomous district, Xishuangbanna is by no means home only to the Dai ethnic group, which makes up one-third of the prefecture’s population of 840,000. Another 12 ethnic groups, including Blang, Kino, Yao and Hani, also live in harmony with each other in the prefecture. Nowadays, a journey to any part of Xishuangbarma is a feast for the senses.
In every first ten-day period in April (the sixth month in the Dai calendar), the Dai people cheerfully celebrate their most important traditional festival-the Water-Splashing Festival. They splash water on each other to show their mutual respect and hope to chase away all the illnesses and bad fortune of the past year and bring about good weather and bumper harvests in the new one.
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