• Tengchong is a predominantly Han town located along the old southwestern silk route, sharing a 148km (89-mile) border with Myanmar (Burma) to the northwest. The history of Tengchong can be traced back to the Han Dynasty, around 100 BC. For 2000 years, it was an important station along the old southwestern silk route. Xu Xiake, a great Ming Dynasty traveler, described the place as the "number one furthest city on the border". The area has a stunning volcanic landscape including 97 volcanoes, and plenty of hot springs, volcanic lakes. Besides all these fabulous natural sights, Tengchong also has excellent manmade attractions such as Taoist temples and aged preserved villages.

Best Time to Visit

  • The climate is most pleasant in April

    Average Climate

How to Get There?

  • Beijing to Tengchong: 2921km
    Shanghai to Tengchong: 2697km

    Plane and Bus information
    Beijing-Kunming: CA1403 (07:25-10:50)
    Kunming-Mangshi: CA4455 (14:15-15:10)
    Mangshi-Tengchong: Bus (about 3 hours)

    Shanghai Hongqiao-Kunming: FM9455 (07:35-10:50)
    Kunming-Mangshi: CA4455 (14:15-15:10)
    Mangshi-Tengchong: Bus (about 3 hours)

What to See?

  • Volcano park
    There is a saying in Tengchong: "Nine out of 10 mountains have no head." to describe the volcanoes there. In the last 500 years the area has registered over 70 earthquakes measuring at least five on the Richter scale. The tallest conical volcano in the area (Daying : Beat Hawk) rises 2,614 meters, surrounded by over 70 volcanoes of different sizes.
    Rehai (Hot sea)
    The main attraction there is called Dagunguo (Big Boiling Bowl), a large spring that reaches a temperature of 97 degrees centigrade. Locals offer visitors eggs cooked in the spring's heat. Hot water is ejected intermittently into the nearby streams with a thunderous roar. The water in the hot spring contains a wide variety of minerals, and the sulphur in it benefits our skin and body very much.  Among the numerous smaller springs and geysers, the park also has cooler springs suitable for a swim, including Frog Mouth, Lion Head, Pearl Spring and Drum-beat Spring.
    Beihai Wetland
    Tengchong Beihai (North Sea) Wetland Reserve, located in the northwest to the county, 12.5 kilometers from the city, is the only national wetland protection zones in Yunnan Province. It has highly eco-tourism and scientific exploration value. The broad expanse of paddyfields and lakes, bamboo-made bridges and little boats sliding along the river create a quiet and peaceful scene.
    Heshun Township
    Heshun Township is the most ancient town of the region, 4 KM from Tengchong. This place still holds the tranquility and the simplicity that Lijiang Old Town lost during its development and commercialization in the last decade.
    Heshun means peace and harmony, is a very beautiful place with many ornamental structures like pavilions, memorial halls or archways, lotus ponds, marble balustrades, etc. From ancient times on, it has been a place where talented people were brought up. Many of the Heshunxiang people who live abroad are successful businessmen or scholars of great attainments doing their bits for the prosperity of the countries they reside.
    Yunfeng Mountain
    Mount Yunfeng stands in Ruidian Township and over 50 kilometers away in the northwest of the county seat. Seen from a distance, the mountain looks like a bamboo shoot towering into the sky. The mountain got its name because there are often clouds covering its top. Mount Yunfeng is a holy mountain for the Taoists and enjoys great popularity in the western part of Yunnan and the north of Burma. Pilgrims from home and abroad often go there to make a pilgrimage. "The three flights of steps" is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tengchong. More than one thousand steps lead to the mountain top. The steepest place consists of 43 steps, which is almost vertical and is less than one meter wide. Climbing up to the top, tourists have to get hold of chains and to walk very close to the precipice.
    Volcanic Column Park
    The park houses numerous high-rise stone columns made up of condensed magma from volcanoes, which are called “Columnar Joints” by geologists and shaped like hexagonal tubes.

Useful Information

  • Most of the time of the year Tengchong is very warm, however it can get very cold  when it rains. Bringing a sweater with you even in summer is a  very good idea.

More Information

  • People
    Most are Han people, making up 90% of the whole population. There are also some minorities living in this area, such as Dai、Lisu、Hui、Bai、Achang and so on.

    Souvenirs famous to the area
    Shadow puppet and Paper umbrella made in Gudong county.
    Jadeware, traditional Chinese herbal medicines, Xuan paper, and rattan work.