Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley protected national park home to elephants

​​​Last Update: 20th October 2020

Located around 22 kilometers from Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Tropical Rain Forest Scenic Area is only habitat to Asian Elephants in China. It lies in Mengyang Nature Reserve. In the area, visitors can walk on the high-altitude tree crown path to admire the elephants in the forest, take a cable car to appreciate the natural beauty of the rainforest, visit the Asian Elephant Museum, the Asian Elephant Breeding Base, the Asian Elephant Performance School and many other excursions.​

Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Fast Facts


  • Chinese Name: Xishuangbanna Yexianggu Redai Yulin Jingqu (西双版纳野象谷热带雨林景区)
  • Area: 370 x hectares
  • Things to do th​ere: Photography, Biology, Adventure, Ethnic Folk Customs
  • Who visits: Photographers, Biologists, Adventure Enthusiasts, Chinese History and Culture Lovers
  • Time required: 2 – 3 x hours

What to expect at Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley

Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Tropical Rain Forest Scenic Area is home to wild Asian elephants, buffaloes, green peacocks, macaques and other protected animals.

There are about hundreds of wild elephants in the scenic area. On average 4.4 days, a group of wild elephants will walk, bath, and play in the forest. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter wild elephants when you explore the forest on foot or walk along high-altitude path. The path is closed at 16:00 pm. The best time to watch wild elephants is in the evening, at night and in the early morning.

You could also take a cable car through the rainforest and see the wild animals enjoying themselves in the woods. At the only elephant school, you will get a little acquainted with the life habit of the Asian elephants, keep close to them and do some interesting activities with them. They have been trained to be able to do some drawing, and shake long rope. There are several bars in the big trees. It is refreshing to relax yourself with a cup of coffee or other drinks in a tree.

At the rainforest theater, you could appreciate the unique local shows performed by Dai, Hani or Yi people. The area offers a flowers garden and a butterflies garden to explore as well. You could taste the buffet meal in the buffet restaurant by 15:00 pm.

Best time to visit Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley

The best time to visit Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Tropical Rain Forest Scenic Area is in the morning.

The best months to visit are from October to March.

How to get to Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley

There are direct buses from Jinghong Banna Bus Station to the area between 08:30 and 11:00. It runs every 40 minutes. Also, you could rent a vehicle to the area directly.

Additional Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00
  • As at 20th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the area is 60 CNY per person; the entrance pricing to the buffet restaurant is 20 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)
  • Please keep quiet if you encounter the wild Asian elephant when you walk along the trail in the forest.
  • Please It is suggested to take an umbrella or raincoat with you as it could be rainy and sunny in one day in Xishuangbanna.
  • Please wear the sunscreen scream and sunglasses.
  • Please take floral water as there are some bugs in the forest.

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