Changning County is a multi-national agricultural county in the mountain area. It is located at the intersection of three city-level counties of western Yunnan – Dali, Lincang and Baoshan. With the Yun – Bao line that connects No. 320 and No. 214 national highways crossing its border, Changning County is 80km away from Baoshan Airport and 594km away from the capital city Kunming. It has 8 country sides, 5 towns and 125 villages under it, 340000 population and eight minor nationalities including Yi, Dai, Miao, Bulang and Lisu, etc.
Changning County has rich resources of tourism and a number of scenic spots, presenting high potential and value of development. It has the “No. 1 natural twin tower in the World”, the largest ten thousand mu of artificial Taiwania flousiana Gaussen forest, the rare one thousand mu of wet land, ten thousand mu of red cuckoo that dye the eighty thousand mu of original forest to red, and five km of red cuckoo that forms a corridor. This is also one of the four bases of tea leaves of the country.
A famous tourist in the Ming Dynasty had highly favorable comments on Changning tourism and rated it as “top of the border”, appraised Jifei Spring as the most beautiful scenery and Changning Jizong as the most delicious valuable from the mountain. He also did specific description of the Xiaoqiao Spring and Dalu Mountain. In his travelogue, over 6000 words are about Changning.
Hong Kong Ta Kung Pao comments the Jifei female and male tower as the “No. 1 natural twin tower in the World”, and media including People’s Daily, Guangming Daily, Economic Daily, Yunnan Daily, CCTV and Yunnan TV have publicized 147 articles about Changning tourism resources. By August 2004, there are 325 scenic spots that are recognized by provincial experts and Changning ranks the top in the city and the province in terms of rich resources and number of scenic spots. However, only eight of these spots are listed under county-level protection and none of them is in the city-level protection list. There is a strong contrast in rich resources and lack of tourism product.
Among these tourism resources, 119 are natural and 206 are artificial and they can be divided into three parts. The south part centers on the National Culture Park area and the scenic spots are Site of Ming Dynasty Mengboluo Battle Field, Wandian tropical fruit garden, Nino Tea base, Xi Guilin area, Jasmine planting base, site of tribe leader, Wandian Benglongtian Spring Park, Lusi Meeting on Ancient Banyan Tree, Dragon Cave, Changshan Miao National Culture, Mingshan Water Reservoir, Limushan Primary Forest, Hot Spring Area, Mabang Mountain, Bats’ Cave, Wandian River, Paxu Temple. The central part targets for a new garden city and consists of Binhe Park, Longtan Temple, Xishan Forest Park, Guanyinshan Forest Field, Martyrs's Park, Yangtianwa Reservoir Resort, Hexi Reservoir, Mengting Hui Nationality Residential Area, Century Plaza, Welcome Plaza, Ecological Bamboo Park, Qingling Temple, Water Lily Park, Xiaoqiao Sring, and Dajiujia Cave Cluster. The north ecological tourism area centers around Lancang River valley and mainly consists of Chahe Wharf, Mala, Shangzhai River Watching point, Datianba Cave, Copper Culture Site, Tiantangshan Primary Forest, Wet Land, Changning Forest, Aganshan Cuckoo Cluster, Guangshan Monkey group, Heihui River Zhujie Wharf, Xiaowan Power Station, Limuhe Water Product Raising Area, Ancient Tea Tree Cluster, Chama Ancient Road, River Watching Building, etc.