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Bailongtan·Baihuaxi Valley Scenic Spot

Introduction of Bailongtan Baihuaxi Valley       

Baihuaxi Valley Scenic Spot is located in Nanhu, Lujiangba, Baoshan City, Yunnan Province. Nanhu is a Dai village, where the Dai total population accounts for 90% or more, with rich Dai style atmosphere. In addition to the beautiful natural scenery, there are also a wide variety of tropical crops, the cultural heritage behind them and the hospitable Dai people.

The name of Nanhu comes from the pool at the edge of the village. "Nan" means water in the Dai Language, "Hu" means the beauty of paradise. In the middle of the bamboo forest, appeared a pool of crystal clear water, that is Bailongtan Baihuaxi Valley.

Baihuaxi Valley is a good place to live and travel, with unique all-for-one tourism resources. It has the all-for-one ecological beauty, all-for-one hot spring resources, all-for-one colorful culture, all-for-one land of plenty, and all-season tourism climate. There is plenty of sunshine here, no frost all year round, green woods at the four seasons, fragrant flowers and fruits, and the pastoral farmlands and hillsides next to the village are planted with tropical crops such as coffee, longan, mango, banana, chili, oriental tobacco, sugar cane, etc. There are also big trees inside the village and hot springs underground.

Local Dai customs are well preserved. Folk events like Ganbai, water-sprinkling, offering to Buddha, dance performances are held at each Water-Sprinkling Festival, Kapok Flower Festival, and Coffee Tourism Festival. With the promotion of ethnic culture protection, inheritance and rural tourism in the village, the tourism income in the village has increased year by year, and rural tourism has become the main channel for villagers' income.

Introduction of Scenic Tourism Products        

Sun Valley Coffee

Sun Valley Coffee is a boutique coffee brand in Baihuaxi Valley. The coffee planting base is Arabica–Caturra Coffee, which is planted in the finest standardized organic farmland, located in the organic farmland of Xinzhai Village in the dry-hot river valley. With an annual sunshine of 2,751 hours, and at an altitude of 1,600 – 1,700 meters, the Coffee Cuig hits 88 points.

Sun Valley Coffee has three major product lines, namely, fine coffee beans, filter coffee, and drip bag coffee. With clear and multi-levelled taste, it has various flavors like cream, apple, chocolate and brown sugar.

Nanhu Grilled Fish

Nanhu grilled fish is an original ecological dish passed down for centuries by the local Dai villagers. Fishes are from the groundwater of Bailongtan, silky, sweet and delicious. Lemongrass along with wild pepper, home-made chili, onion, ginger, garlic, vegetable oils, and Nanhu special dressing are put into the belly of the fish. Then the special dressing is applied on the surface of the fish. Then the fish is grilled.

Nanhu grilled fish has become the most famous dishes in Baihuaxi Valley, tourists from different places come to taste the delicious Nanhu grilled fish.

Zhengye Pot Tea

 Zhengye Pot Tea is a cultural creative tourism product in Baihuaxi Valley Scenic Spot, which has strong collection value. The Deang people are the "tea" people. The tea is harvested from the 800- year- old ancient tea tree of ​​the Deang people at Lujiangba. Through the traditional processes of fine picking, rough filtration, fine filtration and dry baking, the tea is all made by hand. Adopting the South Silk Road caravan culture, using the pentatonic scale in ancient China to respond the four seasons and the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), the tea is stored in earthenware pot with the idea of Chinese medicine to create a pot of fine tea.

Introduction of Attractions in the Scenic Spot

Huachao Avenue

Huachao Avenue is at the entrance of Baihuxi Valley Scenic Spot. It is planted bauhinia flower, sunflowers, morning glory, Euphorbia milii, Viola cornuta. The avenue adopts garden art, builds a flowers trail which is consisted of five flower gates, representing acquaintanceship, mutual understanding, falling in love, mutual affection, and companionship. Walking on the avenue, there are shades of green leaves and flowers, vines at your feet, and fragrance in the air. It is also an outdoor wedding photography base for the people in Baoshan. The name Huachao is a good wish hoping that happiness and romance be delivered via the traditional culture.

White Elephant Palace

Baiyue ethnic group, the ancestors of the Dai people, had an indissoluble bond with the elephant in ancient times. Dai land is like [FS:Page];a paradise for elephants. In the eyes of the Dai people, white elephant is most worthy of worship, because white elephant is a symbol of good weather, bumper harvest, peace and tranquility. It is said that white elephant lives together with the Valley God, and there is a close marriage relationship between the two. Therefore, wherever the white elephant appears, there is the disaster relief, the smooth weather, and the bumper harvest.

The White Elephant Palace is the dining center of the scenic area. The whole building is a palace building of the Dai Nationality. The sculpture technique and cultural display of the “Daguang Kingdom” are used to make the White Elephant Palace shine. The whole building is composed of white theme, which is like a silver palace. The White Elephant Palace not only provides high-quality Dai catering services for the scenic spots, but also becomes the most popular wedding reception venue in Baoshan. It uses the belief of the white elephant god to bless the love and happiness.

Dripping Baths

Water is the source of life and the foundation of all things. The dripping ceremony is a blessing ceremony for Buddhism in South China. The scenic spot is in a dry and hot valley climate. It is hot all year round. It uses Bailongtan groundwater for tourists to swim and play with. At the same time, there is a bodhi in the bath center. Its saplings and seedlings are transplanted from the 1100-year old bodhi tree in Binmen Village. Every visitor can receive gifts from nature and Theravada Buddhism blessings in the Dripping Baths.

Dry-hot Valley Botanical Garden

The Dry-hot Valley Botanical Garden is a leisure landscape trail in the scenic area. Many cherished plants are is provided by the Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Economic Crops, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences at Lujiangba, for visitors to enjoy and for popularization of science. Among them are coffee trees planted during the era of the educated youth, 800-year old mango trees and dragon fruit trees. There are centuries-old ancient tea trees, Plumeria rubra of plum blossoms, and longan trees that attract bees. If you stay overnight in the scenic spot, it is the best place to go after a meal.

Never-ending Water-Sprinkling Square

The never-ending Water-Sprinkling Square is the carnival venue of the Lujiangba Water-Sprinkling Festival. During the festival, tourists from all over the world come. In the middle of the square is a 300-year-old ancient banyan tree. The banyan tree is also a southern Buddhist tree tower. A hundred-year-old Buddha statue held by the tree is praying for the Dai villages. The Water-Sprinkling Square has four ponds, placing various types of props splashing water. Every year, from the water-sprinkling festival time to the eve of the winter season, you can participate in water-sprinkling activities every day.

Golden Carp Fishing Terrace

Golden carp is a legend in Bayeux manuscripts, the epic of the Dai people. It is a classic story of a Dai girl's pursuit of love and romance. The golden carp fishing terrace is named after the story. A lot of fish from Bailongtan groundwater basin is raised here, along with family and friends, visitors can experience the fun of fishing, and have them cook to the delicious Nanhu grilled fish.

Rainforest Starry Self-drive Camp

Rainforest Starry Self-drive Camp is a smart spot in the scenic area. It uses holographic projection and light show to make visitors feel like they are in the depths of the rainforest. Every night, when it gets dark, the stars start shining, the petals start flying, all kinds of wild animals become vivid. Moreover, there is bonfire party and Rainforest Cultural & Creative Market in the middle of the camp. The self-drive camp is full of dream experience.

Bailongtan

Bailongtan is a pool formed by the geothermal spring water. The water quality is clear. It is rare to see such a stable water flow with excellent water quality in the surrounding tens of miles. The pool water and the surrounding bamboo forest and the ancient banyan tree complement each other, making it a god pool in the hearts of local people.

The water source of Bailongtan is the karst groundwater. It spurts up and down day and night, raising the common people and nourishing this fertile land. It is said that in ancient times, Bailongtan was inhabited by Bailong (a white dragon) and Heilong (a black dragon). Bailong controls rain, and Heilong controls drought. Therefore, every year around the village offers a large number of tributes to Bailong and Heilong. Later, Heilong killed Bailong, devoured the tribute alone. Thus, drought came, no harvest anymore. A girl volunteered to become a tribute, and her brother, wh[FS:Page]o was hanging on together with her, went down underwater to fight with Heilong. The water was calm again, but the brother never came up again. From then on, the weather was smooth and there was no drought, therefore people call the brother Bailong and the pool Bailongtan.

Bailong Temple

In the minds of most people, the Dragon King is god of water, the Dragon King belief is quite common in ancient times, is one of the most popular gods welcomed by ancient people. Nanhu Village builds the Bailong Temple beside Bailongtan, worshiping Bailong and praying for good weather and good harvest. The local area is an area where people rely on agriculture. Food is the most important thing for human, so people worship the Dragon King who dominates the rain more than other gods, and there are legends of Bailongtan, so the Bailong Temple is built here.

Buddha Bath Pool

Buddha bath is an important rite of Theravada Buddhism, aiming to remind people to keep a pure heart at any time. There is a statue of Sakyamuni in the Buddha bath pool. Visitors who want to free captive animals or feed the fish in Bailongtan need to wash their hands in this pool to cleanse their minds.

Educated Youth Commune

On January 2nd, 1956, the first reclamation team composed of 389 young people hold high the big banner of "be hard-working and brave, be strong and tenacious, conquer the wasteland, and build the border" burst into Lujiangba. More than half a century has passed, Lujiangba has undergone a skyrocketing change, becoming an economic zone for hot crops, and the lives of ordinary people are getting better and better. The educated youth also left beautiful stories here. The educated youth commune recorded many stories of educated youth, old photographs, and old artifacts, so that every visitor who wants to know the history of educated youth can see the hymns of the educated youth.

Dragon Fruit Picking Garden

The dragon fruit picking garden is an experience spot in the scenic spot. The hillsides are covered by dragon fruits. The cactus-like fruit trees are very spectacular. The fruit hangs on the tree from May to November, visitors can enter the picking garden and pick up the favorite dragon fruit. The fruit is red heart, sweet and sour, high water content, and can also be processed into dragon fruit juice in the garden, which is a must choice for summer thirst.

Tree House Cafe

The Tree House Cafe is the tasting center of Sun Valley Coffee. The café is built beside the banyan tree and blends with nature. It is surrounded by a row of Dai stilted house, which complements the coffee culture and national culture and is full of exotic flavors. Professional coffee makers will brew coffee for tourists. Experience training is provided as well, so that visitors can have a more comprehensive knowledge and understanding of coffee culture from picking to brewing.

Bauhinia Water World

     Bauhinia Water World is the entertainment facility of the scenic spot. It is the largest water recreation center in Lijiangba. Visitors can experience blast surfing, skateboarding, rainbow slides, children's water slides, fairy tale fountains and other projects here.

Coffee Tent Hotel

The Coffee Tent Hotel is a characteristic homestay in the scenic spot. The tent is designed to the shape of a coffee bean. From a distance, it looks like a huge coffee bean lying in the scenic spot. The sculpture landscape in the middle of the house is related to coffee. There is a coffee tree around the tent. There are huge coffee cup seats, beautiful coffee pot cabins, and a variety of coffee utensils, as if you were in a fairy tale world of coffee.

The tent hotel is fully equipped with coffee utensils. Staying at the coffee tent hotel, visitors can not only look to the starry sky at night, but also can enjoy the coffee culture, the taste brought by the fine coffee, making people linger.