Vacations to Jianshui, China

Jianshui is a charming and peaceful town in the south of China’s Yunnan province. Visitors are drawn here to wander through streets lined with old buildings and spot the ladies that still dress in colorful traditional costume. There are markers of China’s imposing history here and examples of fine bridges and temples.

A standout highlight of Jianshui is the enormous Confucian temple. Famous for its size, and for being modelled after a temple in Confucius’ hometown in the Shandong province, it was finished back in 1285. After exploring the temple, it’s worth heading to the Zhu Family Garden, another expansive place, to see the ponds, gardens, mazes and ancestral buildings that make up this historical site.

By basing yourself in Jianshui for a night or two, you can easily reach the 700-year-old Twin Dragon Bridge to cross the confluence of the Lu and Tanchong Rivers. It features seventeen arches and you can’t fail to be impressed at the engineering of such a longstanding structure.

It’s not just history and impressive architecture that Jianshui’s got going for it. Swallow’s Nest Cave is nearby too, on the road towards Gejiu, where aspiring explorers can venture eight kilometers into a spectacular karst cavern, then deeper still by dragon boat to discover the mysteries of this captivating and eerie cave. In spring and summer, hundreds of thousands of swallows are found in the cave, creating an extraordinary spectacle.

Jianshui is without doubt an interest place to visit in itself, and is most often used as a stop en route to the Yuanyang rice terraces.


  • Marvel at the ancient engineering of the Twin Dragon Bridge

  • Journey deep into a cavern to spot hundreds of thousands of swallows

  • Visit the gigantic Confucian temple in Jianshui town

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