Ruili

Capital of the subtropical frontier county of Ruili, Ruili Town lies on the east bank of the golden Ruili River, Whence comes her name. People call Ruili "the foggy town". In winter, she wakes up under a blanket of fog. In the afternoon, when the sun had burned away the fog, the streets swarmed with women in their bright parasols held over their heads. At a local market along the main street, Dai women offer slices of watermelon for sale and colorful silks and yarns.

Ruili is without a doubt one of the more interesting towns in southwestern China. It's just a few kilometers from Myanmar and it has a real border-town feel. There's a great mix of Han Chinese, minorities and ubiquitous Burmese traders hawking jade, and travelers tend to linger longer than they intended, just for the atmosphere. Comparing with the rest of China, Ruili seems unrestricted, like people get away with a lot more here. At first sight it doesn't seem like much (and the place is getting dustier with all the new construction work) but it's worth spending a couple of days here.

Ruili is a beautiful land covered by green subtropical rain forest, dotted with big Banyan trees, each one looking like a forest. Buddhist temples can be seen everywhere in this city. The most famous temple is Jiele Golden Temple composed of 17 a ring - shaped towers. The main tower is 36 meters high, surrounded by 16 other smaller towers.


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