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Travel to Jino lands

Basic route: Kunming  - Jinghong (Xishuangbanna) - Jinoshan (基诺山).

Most of the Jino people live in and around Jinoshan, a well forested complex of mountains about 30 km off Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna Dai and Hani Autonomous Prefecture. From Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, to Xishuangbanna there are several flights very day, almost one flight every two hours. In Jinghong there is a wide range accommodation: from humble (and usually clean) hotels in the 80-100Y price to luxury hotel and resorts for about 800-1000Y/night.

The distance between Jinghong and Jinoshan is about 45 minutes by car. In Jinghong Station there are small cars (6-7 seats) departing from 8:00-8:30 in the morning until 2:00-3:00 pm. Usually they leave when they are full. A taxi or a private car will cost about 150Y. Mengyang Township is near than Jinghong City to Jinoshan, it can be an alternate starting point, with some nice (and noisy) hotels and cars leaving for Jinoshan in the morning.

In the administrative center of Jinoshan there is basic accommodation, but it seems that it is not all year open, and the quality is below the humblest places in Jinghong and Mengyang.

Coming from Jinghong or Mengyang the driver will try to drop you in Jinoshan Cultural Center, a touristic venture where everyday are performed some Jino dances and there are some halls with objects of Jino traditional culture. Though I don’t consider an interesting place it can arouse the interest of those coming to Jino Mountain for the first time. Most of the people working there are really Jino, leaving in the adjoining village. Of course in the village there are also a lot of people carrying their lives. Most of them are really friendly to foreigners but most of the elder people can speak only Jino language and the young ones Chinese. Crossing the main street of the village you can walk in the Jino Mountains, see the Jino agricultural activities, etc. From this village (and the Cultural Show) to the administrative center there is only 3 km. On the way you can visit some new villages; most of the Jino villages where moved from the mountain to a better location near the road.  

In the same road, that cross most of Jino territory you can find many villages, some of them as near as a 20 minutes’ walk from the Township. Usually the last car back to Jinghong leaves about 3:00-4:00 pm.

Some Jino villages can be accessed also from the southern part of Jino Mountain; that is from the road from Jinghong to Mengla. Among these villages Basa is famous for its bamboo handicrafts and in the slack season is very common to found many people engaged in their traditional bamboo works.

To visit the formerly isolated Jino people speaking the Buyuan dialect, on the northern border of Jino Mountain, one must go to Mengwang Township. There are some Jino villages just in the outskirts of the township, as most of them were relocated some years ago.

The best time to visit Jino lands is on Temaoke Festival, on Feb 6th of the solar calendar. Sometimes on 5th there are also some activities in the Township. Many people attend the festival in Jinoshan Township, it usually consists in some dances more or less related with Jino tradition, but the street is full of people dressed in their traditional dress. In the following days traditional ceremonies are performed in the main villages, with the most important staged near the Cultural Center early in the morning of the 7th, with the head of the village making some offerings to their main deities. It is supposed that after Feb. 7th the smaller villages would also celebrate the festival but we were informed in Basa village that they do on Feb. 1st.  

Updated to 2014, April.

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Jino Women Gathered in Temaoke Festival
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Jino woman weaving in Basa Village

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