Slow down for an easy break
2012-March-5 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Tired of Shenzhen's fast pace? Why not take a trip to some small towns far from the big metropolis and enjoy a slow, relaxed way of life? Here are some places with few visitors and a great environment for slowing down in a rural and quiet atmosphere.

Mangshi, Yunnan

Minority Cultural Palace in Mangshi.

Mangshi is a town under the jurisdiction of Luxi, capital of the Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China's Yunnan Province. Visitors to Mangshi will find the language, costumes and ways of life resemble those of Myanmar, Laos or Thailand.

The town has an area of 10 square kilometers and a population of 60,000.

Scenic spots include temples of Hinayana Buddhism: Wuyun Temple, Foguang Temple, Temple in a Banyan Tree and Sati Temple. Other beautiful spots include the Sanxian natural cave, local hot springs and Mangjiu Dam.

Bodhi Monastery is one of the most famous places in Mangshi. It's situated in the middle section of Xinan Road, a site that dates to the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The original monastery was destroyed in a war. A cycle of repeated reconstructions and destructions followed. The existing monastery was built in 1978. The roof features the Han style, but the monastery's architecture as a whole, especially the balustrades and railings, are of the Dai style. The monastery is well-known in Southeast Asia and the Dai areas of Yunnan.

Everything in Mangshi is slow. In the neighboring villages, a meal can last for a whole day. Delicious, Dai-style food is a must-try for visitors.

Transport: Fly to Kunming from Shenzhen International Airport and transfer to a flight to Mangshi.

Delicacies: Lemon water, barbeques, pickled chicken feet, dried beef and fruit juice.

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