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Lincang City

Yunnan Map.jpgLocated in the southwest of Yunnan Province, Lincang City is so called because it sits along the Lancang River. It neighbors Puer in the east, Dali in the north and Baoshan in the west. Burma lies to the southwest of the city. Its downtown area is 610 kilometers (379 miles) from the capital city of the province, Kunming.

Facts of Lincang

Chinese Name: 临沧 (lín cāng)
Population: 2,318,000  
Area: 24,469 square kilometers (9,448 square miles) 
Nationalities: Han, Wa  
Administrative Division: 1 district (Linxiang); 4 counties (Fengqing, Yunxian, Yongde, Zhenkang); 3 autonomous counties (Shuangjiang Lahu, Wa, Blang and Dai Autonomous County, Gengma Dai and Wa Autonomous County, Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County)
Seat of the City Government: 16, Nanping Xi Lu, Linxiang District

History of Licang

The Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD) placed Lincang in the Yizhou shire after conquering the ancient Ailao Kingdom. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, it belonged to the Nanzhao and Dali states respectively.

What to see in Lincang?

The city of Lincang lies at the bottom of the Hengduan Mountains and Nushan Mountain in western Yunnan. The terrain here slopes from southeast to southwest. There are many rivers which pass through or spring from here. We list top Lincang attractions as below:

Wengding Wa VillageLushi Ancient Vilage2.jpgCangyuan Cliff Painting
             Wengding Wa Ethnic Village                  Lushi Ancient Town                   Cangyuan Rock Painting
Lincang Tea Garden

              Lincang Tea Culture Garden

When to visit Lincang?

The Tropic of Cancer runs across the city and lends it a subtropical climate but which also combines with the cooler climate of the adjacent mountains. Generally a warm city, Lincang has an annual average temperature of 16.8-17.7℃ (62.2-63.9℉). Enjoying favorable weather all the year round, the place is fine to visit at any season.

How to get to Lincang?

1. Lincang Airport is located in Boshang Town on the southwestern outskirts of the city proper. Flights to Kunming have recently been increased from once a day to nine per week (there are now two flights on Tuesday and Friday). In addition, the airports of Puer and Dali now also offer flights which pass through this city. 
2. The city is a convenient stop-off point for travelers on their way to Burma. The city has three counties which border Burma: Cangyuan, Gengma and Zhenkang. Mengding Port of Gengma on the Qingshui River is also 187 kilometers (116 miles) from Lashio, one of the most important cities in Northern Burma. 
3. Lincang is about nine hours' drive from Kunming and its long-distance bus station is situated in Xinmin Jie of Linxiang District.

Lincang Tarvel Tips

Lincang Local Highlights: The Wa ethnic minority is the largest minority group in Lincang city and two thirds of the total Wa population of Yunnan live here. Wa villages and their handmade gifts and other crafts are attractive parts of a trip here.

Wa Ethnic Buffalo-worship, replacement of Head Custom In old times, Was used to have the head custom, using the heads of men to make sacrifice to the God of Rice. But it has been replaced by buffalo heads that are aslo a symbol of wealth. On an important ceremony, Was will hold a buffalo-butchering ceremony.

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Wa Ethnic Hair-swaying Dance, a show of Wa feminine beauty The Hair-swaying Dance reveals the Wa female beauty and symbolizes their maturity. Wa women traditionally keep long hair, and put on Hair-swaying Dance hand in hand without musical instruments

Special Local Products: black tea, cane sugar, mango, Jian Pa (bag of Wa ethnic minority)

Useful Telephone Numbers: 
Tourist Complaints: 0883-2128388, 96927  
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 2, Houzhai, Fengxiang Town, Linxiang District
China Post: 4, Nantang Jie, Linxiang District     

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