Lincang, a beautiful prefecture within of China’s Yunnan province

Lincang is a beautiful city that shouldn't be missed by visitors to Yunnan, China's southwestern-most province.
It has beautiful landscapes and a pleasant climate that make it very attractive for tourists, who will be fascinated by its spectacular scenery. Lincang, a prefecture-level city, is also home to a number of China's ethnic minorities, among them the Wa, Yi, Bai and Lahu people, and their colorful customs add to its charms.
It is situated on the middle to lower reaches of the Mekong, which is known as Lancang in China. It got its name for its proximity to the river, and has such a large variety of flora and fauna that it is known as the kingdom of plants and animals. It is also known as the “non-ferrous metal kingdom” and “medicine treasury”.
In addition, Lincang is a nice summer and winter resort because of its favourable living conditions. Its downtown area is 610 km from the capital city of the province, Kunming.

Delegates witness paper-making by residents of Mangtuan.

During his first visit to the city, this writer found it to be very beautiful and interesting, with an abundance of natural resources and tourist attractions.
This writer visited Lincang while attending "The First Seminar for Media Officials and Journalists from Mekong Countries", including Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, which was organised in Yunnan during June 12-19. Our delegation was led by staff of the Yunnan Daily Press Group to Lincang prefecture during June 15-17.
This writer had a joyful visit along with the other participants. I was very excited from the time we boarded the plane, and as it descended to land, I looked down and was stunned by the landscapes. The city was very beautiful, with mountainous terrain surrounding it. There were lovely views of rice fields, farms, houses and roads crossing through the plains and mountains.
I was very curious to see and check everything  out by myself. I enjoyed learning about the city and its progress in socio-economic development, transportation and agriculture, and about the culture and lifestyle of its people.
Like the other participants, I had a very interesting time. We were delighted with the hospitality of the administrative boards and the people of the city. We had a chance to visit several interesting places, parks, markets, important sites, and main tourist attractions. We also had a chance to eat at many restaurants in the city and enjoyed the food and drinks. Every dish was delicious and had the unique flavour of the local Chinese cuisine.
The weather was very pleasant as the city is surrounding by mountains and forests. At the same time, the city nestled among mountains in the Mekong river basin is off the beaten track and offers an authentic and fascinating view into rural China.
Even during our short visit, our delegation learnt many interesting things about Lincang, which ranks first in China for plantations of macadamia nuts, and is at the top in Yunnan for plantations of sugarcane and tea. It has the second largest plantation acreage of coffee and walnut, and boasts the third largest rubber plantation area in the province. Dubbed the “hometown of black tea”, Lincang is a "National Sustainable Development Experimental Area" and a "National Low Carbon Experimental Area".
Lincang has pushed forward efforts to build a beautiful city and its urban and rural living environments have been significantly improved, helping the city attain the title of "National Sustainable Development Experimental Area", the first of its kind in Yunnan. It has also opened up and broken new ground in international cooperation.
Sticking to the new development philosophy and following the requirements of high quality development, Lincang is making achievements in economic growth, infrastructure construction, rural development, poverty alleviation, opening up and increasing the people’s sense of happiness.
Some places our group visited were Lincang-Qingshuihe Expressway construction project, Qingshuihe Land Port of Mengding, Lincang Border Economic Cooperation Zone’s construction project, and the paper-making village of Mangtuan in Gengma county, which was the most interesting of all the places we travelled to.
Mangtuan village is part of Mengding township, and located nine kilometers from the government seat of Mengding. The village is home to 171 households and 820 villagers from the Dai, Han and Va ethnic groups. The Dai people account for 90 percent of its population. The dialect of the Dai people is very similar to the Lao language because they have their origins in the same Tai or Tai Yai ethnic group of Laos. The Lao delegates enjoyed chatting with them and the two sides understood each other well and everyone was happy.
The village is popular for its handmade paper made by the Dai people. Today, the traditional method of making cotton paper is well inherited and there are around 120 villagers involved in this workmanship. Thus, Mangtuan is also known as the “No. 1 Dai Papermaking Village in China”.¬†
According to historical records, the handmade paper of Mengtuan has existed for around 600 years. Keeping the authentic way of paper-making in ancient China, the Dai people still follow five primitive procedures and 11 steps, including the cleaning and soaking of bark, steaming and mashing pulp, pouring and finally drying the paper. Because of this, Mangtuan is known as a “living fossil” of paper-making,
During our visit to the village, our delegation was warmly welcomed by the local administrative committee and residents. We enjoyed viewing and witnessing their traditions in paper-making, tasting local snacks and watching a colourful cultural programme.


 

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update July 16, 2018)

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