Tengchong is a famous home town of overseas Chinese, a place of literature and a distributing centre of jadeite. It is also a provincial city of history and culture. In the Western Han Dynasty, it was called Dianyue. In the middle term of Dali Kingdom, Tengchong Mansion was set. Because of the importance of its location, it was defended by massive forces in the past dynasties. In the Ming Dynasty, a stone city was built, which was called “the first city on the pole”.
Heshun is like a southern Chinese riverside town. The green water passes the town. The acting prime minister of the Republic of China Li Genyuan once praised Heshun with the poem “the unique and unrivalled little Suzhou and Hangzhou”.
The old town of Heshun firstly built in the Ming Dynasty still maintains traditional culture and architecture. The ancestral halls, memorial gates and ancient towns of the Ming and Qing Dynasties are still spread all over the town.
On the ancient volcanic tableland, thousands of special dwellings are located by the hills and water. They are placed closely side by side and you can touch the motley years and rich cultural spirit unconsciously.
The museum is the first one that was built and funded by the folk, collected by the folk and themed as anti-war.
Its items on display are mainly over 3,500 cultural relics during WWⅡ, including relics from Chinese Expeditionary Forces, Chinese Troops in India, US-British Allies, and People's War, etc.
Tengchong volcanic cluster is one of the youngest volcanic clusters in China, whose scale and completeness rank the first in China.
It is famous for complete types, large scale, concentrated distribution and complete preservation. And it is called “a natural volcanic geology museum”.
The history of gingko trees is also the history of Gingko Village. There are tens of thousands of gingkoes in Jiangdong. The earth house is built with yellow mud and black tiles. Corn cobs are hung on the girder.
Gingko trees are planted in the front of the door of all families. The old wooden doors of villagers reflect the vicissitude of the old village. And the graceful gingkoes make the old village quite enchanting.
Huge stones stand on the cliff roof with plunging waterfall, which is like turtles with different shapes. Dozens of steps away from the outlet, there is a stone bridge lying on the river, named Tai Chi Bridge.
This bridge is a monumental building and its craft is very important in the history of local architecture.
Tengchong Rehai covers rich underground thermal resources and is famous for its fantastic and grand volcanic landform and many thermal springs.
In Tengchong, there are numerous and distinctive thermal hot spring, such as high-temperature boiling springs, thermal springs, hot springs, fountains, giant springs, low-temperature carbonated springs and so on. In Tengchong, there are numerous and distinctive thermal hot spring, such as high-temperature boiling springs, thermal springs, hot springs, fountains, giant springs, low-temperature carbonated springs and so on.
The terrestrial heat is mainly formed in the areas with volcanoes. In Tengchong Rehai, terrestrial heat causes the eruption of vapor and then many hot boiling springs and hot springs form. The famous “Rehai Dagunguo” is a typical landscape of such landform. Located on the hillside in Rehai, it is a basin-shaped boiling water pool with a diameter of about 3 meters.
The pool is about 1.5 meters in depth. It sprays boiling water with 97 degrees Celsius all the year. In the center, the water temperature can be up to 102, which is like a “gunguo”（boiling pot）with boiling water.
Because of the rich thermal resources, people can dig melt pit and build food steamer near the “gunguo”. And thermal vapor is used to cook food, steam eggs, bake sweet potatoes and bake peanuts.
Location: Tengchong Rehai Area, Qingshui Township, Tengchong County, Baoshan City, Yunnan Province
Ticket: 60 yuan/person
Business hours: Rehai area: 8:00-21:00 (in summer), 8:00-20:00 (in winter); Rehai Hot Spring: 9:00-01:00
Cherry Valley is located in the west of Gaoligong Mountain and Longchuan River and it is in the nature reserves of Gaoligong Mountain. There is no frost all the year and there is abundant rainfall here, so wild cherries blooms are everywhere, from which Cherry Valley got its name.
The hot sp[FS:Page]ring is quite clear for its good water quality and the temperature is 42℃. The fall from hill gate to valley bottom is nearly 400 metres, which forms a typical landform of alpine and gorge region with Gaoligong Mountain. The red wild cherries and yellow larches constitute the obvious “four seasons in a mountain”.
Location: Cherry Valley, Shuangpo Village, Tengchong County, Yunnan Province
Ticket: 90 yuan/person
Business hours: 08:00-18:30
Relying on the natural advantage of thermal resources, the hotel creates a new hot spring experience. People can touch nature in the mountains and rivers, then achieving the complete relaxation in body, mind and spirit.
The hot spring water in the hotel is fluorinated silicic acid springs with medical value and it contains microelement which is beneficial for people’s health. With good water quality and light smell and color, the spring here is one of the few hot springs that can be used for bathing, raising and drinking.
Location: Mayugu International Hot Springs Resorts Beihai Town, Tengchong County, Yunnan
Tel: 0875- 8999888
Fried rice-flour cake is also called “Dajiujia”, which is from Tengchong and is famous in Kunming. It is said that after the Ming Dynasty perished, Li Dingguo and Liu Wenxiu who supported Yongli Emperor Zhu Youlang came to Kunming in 1656. After two years, the armies of Qing came into Yunnan and Wu Sangui led the army to draw near Kunming. Then the emperor fled to west with Li and Liu. When arriving at Tengchong, they had no water to drink for several times and they were in danger. The people in Tengchong gave them fried rice-flour cake and helped them get out of trouble. The emperor said that it saved him. Therefore, the fired rice-flour cake is also called “Dajiujia” (keeping the Emperor safe).
It is said that a minister was sent to guard Tengchong in the last years of the Yuan Dynasty. After going to the border area, he saw that the food brought there to soldiers became cold. Then the minister thought to himself how to make soldiers eat warm food. He asked local craftsmen to make “tuguozi” for cooking, which was both convenient and easy. Solders could eat warm food even after a long distance. Then “tuguozi” became one of the famous food in Tengchong.