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Yunnan Map.jpgHonghe, also Honghe Hani & Yi Autonomous Prefecture, is loacted in southeast part of Yunnan Province. 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. Honghe Autonomous Prefecture of Hani and Yi Nationalities, much alike a piece of green precious stone inlaid at the southernmost end of China, 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.

Honghe Facts

Full Name: Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture
Chinese Name: 红河哈尼族自治州 (hóng hé hā ní zú zì zhì zhōu)
Population: 4,290,000 
Area: 32,900 square kilometers (12,703 square miles)   
Nationalities: Hani, Yi, Han 
Administrative Division: 8 counties (Mengzi, Lvchun, Jianshui, Shiping, Mile, Luxi, Yuanyang, Honghe); 3 autonomous Counties (Jinping Miao, Yao and Dai Autonomous County, Hekou Yao Autonomous County, Pingbian Miao Autonomous County); 2 county-level cities (Gejiu, Kaiyuan)  
Seat of the Prefecture Government: Tianma Lu, Mengzi County 

Honghe Geography

Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture is situated in the southeastern part of Yunnan Province, neighboring Kunming, the capital city of the province in the north and bordered by Yuxi, Qujing and Pu'er in the northwest, northeast and southwest. It also shares a boundary of 848 kilometers (527 miles) with Vietnam in the south.

The terrain in the region is higher in the northwest and lower in the southeast. The Ailao Mountains form the main mountain range of the prefecture. They zigzag all the way to Vietnam. The prefecture is divided into north and south regions by the Honghe River. The mountainous area makes up eighty-five percent of the prefecture's total territory.

Honghe History

The Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) established shires to administer this region in 135BC, and that was the beginning of the sphere of influence of the central government in this region. In 1957, this autonomous prefecture was established, made up of the Mengzi Special Zone and the former Honghe Hani Autonomous Region.

What to see in Honghe ?

There are a number of fabulous attractions in Honghe Prefecture. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Honghe. Discover new places and unique things to do nearby Honghe Prefecture. Here lists top Honghe Attractions.

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                             Yuanyang Terraced Fields                       Jianshui Ancient Town                           Tuanshan Ancient Village
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                             Hekou Border Town
                        Alu Ancient Cave                           Jianshui Swallow Cave

When to visit Honghe?

Enjoying a subtropical plateau monsoon climate, Honghe has an annual average temperature of 15℃-22℃ (59℉-71.6℉). With no summer heat or winter chilliness, the prefecture is abundant in sunlight and rainfall. The southern region is wetter and warmer than the northern one. The temperature varies greatly between day and night, but slightly during the whole year. When to Go: March to April and September to November are fine periods to visit the prefecture.  

How to get to Honghe?

1. 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. 
2. 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. 
3. For self-reliant tourists, renting a vehicle is a better choice while traveling around in this region. 

Honghe Travel Tips

Honghe Local Highlights: The New Year Festival of Hani and the Torch Festival of Yi, as well as many other celebrations of ethnic minorities enrich the colorful culture of the prefecture. Music, musical instrument and catering customs will provide you a window into the lifestyle of the locals. For example, during the New Year in October, the Hani ethnic minority holds an outdoor Long-Street Banquet on lunar October 10. Every family will prepare their dishes to their table and celebrates the festival together the long line of tables. It will be a lot of fun and honorable to be invited to the banquet. People will be hospitable to invite the passersby to participate.

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Long Street Banquet in YuanyangYi Ethnic Dancing in Honghe
Hani Women with their babies in Honghe

Honghe Special Local Products: purple clay wares of Jianshui County, tin handicrafts of Gejiu City, rice cakes of Mengzi County, Hani embroidery of Yuanyang County.

Useful Telephone Numbers: 
Tourist Complaints: 0873-2137291, 96927 
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 5, Tianma Lu, Mengzi County  
China Post: 8, Jianshe Lu, Gejiu City

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