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                World Horti-Expo Garden
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                The World Horti-Expo Garde (shì jiè yuán yì bó lǎn yuán 世界園藝博覽園) is the site of the 1999 Kunming International Horticulture Exposition (kūn míng shì jiè yuán yì bó lǎn huì 昆明世界園藝博覽會). It is a first class garden with typical Chinese and Yunnan (yún nán 云南) characteristics. Here you can see a grand exhibition of horticulture from everywhere in the world. It is situated in the northern suburbs of Kunming (kūn míng 昆明), 6 km from downtown, next to the Golden Temple (jīn diàn 金殿) scenic spot. It sits at an elevation of 1,920-2,010 meters above sea level, with 218 hectares in area, 2.5 km in length, and 1.1 km in width. The theme of this exposition is "Man and Nature, marching into the 21st century."

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                Fuxian Lake
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                Fuxian Lake (fǔ xiān hú 撫仙湖) is located in the area connecting Chenjiang (chéng jiāng 澄江), Jiangchuan (jiāng chuān 江川) and Huaning (huá níng 華寧) counties. It is about 60 kilometers from Kunming (kūn míng 昆明). The total area of Fuxian Lake valley is 1,084 square kilometers. Here, the land is fertile and abounds with various local products: rice, wheat, broad beans, tobacco and rape-seed. It is the well-known center of Yunnan tobacco in China. It is a glittering pearl in the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau.

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                Menghai
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                Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion Menghai (méng hǎi 勐海) is one of three counties of Xishuangbanna. One architectural attraction to be found in Menghai County is the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion. This Hinayana Buddhist temple which was constructed jointly by the Han and Dai people at the beginning of the eighteenth century, in honour of Sakyamuni and served as a meeting hall. It is located on a hill in Jingzhen village (about 87km from Jinghong).

                 

                Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion (jǐng zhēn sì 景真寺)
                The pavilion is a three tiered half timbered structure about 20 meters tall. Each side if the octagon is decorated with exquisitely carved designs of animals such as elephants and tigers.
                The outside of the pavilion and its roof are in-laid with multi-coloured glass and silver chips which lends it a wonderful shimmering quality in the sunlight. These are thought to ward of bad omens. Inside, there are various gilded pictures as well as four beautifully carved doors directed to the compass points. There is also a copper statue of Sakyamuni contained within a niche. Legend has it that the design for the pavilion was modeled on the shape of the hat he used to wear. Built in 1701, it was destroyed during a war in 1852, the pavilion was painstakingly restored to its former beauty and it is now a protected site of cultural and historic significance.

                Entrance fee is 10 RMB. (Reductions are available for groups). 8am-6pm.

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                Tengchong
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                Tengchong County

                Tengchong County (Téngchōng Xiàn 騰沖縣) is situated in Baoshan City, western Yunnan Province, China. It is well known for its volcanic activity. It borders with Burma in the northwest with a boundary line of 151 kilometres long. It is 750 kilometres away from the provincial capital Kunming and 160 kilometers westward from Baoshan city.

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                Yuanyang Rice Terraces
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                ?Yuanyang Rice Terraces

                Yuanyang County (yuán yáng xiàn 元陽縣) is located in Honghe Prefecture (hóng hé zhōu 紅河州), Yunnan province (yún nán shěng 云南省), China. It is well known for its spectacular rice-paddy terracing. It covers an area of 2200 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 365,000 (2002), of which 88% belong to ethnic minorities and 95% is associated with agriculture.

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