Mangshi is the capital of Dehong Dai and
Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, a place of mysterious Buddhist
temples and gold pagodas, homeland of the peacock and "
sea of songs and dances ", a pearl on Yunnan's western
Mangshi is Dehong's air link with the outside
world. If you fly in from Kunming there are minibuses funning
direct from the airport to Ruili and most people take this
option. But Mangshi has a casual southeast Asian feel to it
and there are a few sights in and around the town that make
dallying here a day or so worthwhile.
The Kunming - Wanding road, more familiarly
known to most people, especially Americans of World War II,
as the Burma road, connects Kunming with Burma. It is the
only route you can take to Ruili, Wanding and into Myanmar.