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Olive Dam (Ganlan Ba)

There is a saying goes that "No trip to Xishuangbanna is complete without a visit to Olive Dam". The Olive Dam(Ganlan Ba) is a small basin in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China. It derives its name from the fact that its forever clothed in greenery and that it takes the shape of an olive. The dam is known in the language of the Dai people as Menghan. The Olive Dam (Ganlan Ba) on the Lancang Rivers is called by the local Dai people as " peacock tail ", meaning the most beautiful part of Xishuangbanna. It is said that once upon a time Buddha came here to deliver Buddhist scriptures.

View of Olive DamSituated at 27,000 meters down the Lancang River from Jinghong, and covering an area of 50 square kilometers at the lowest point of Xishuangbanna, Olive Dam is home to a total of 64 Dai-inhabited villages. They are found on the sandbar, and bamboo abodes gleam in the verdure of coconut trees, with water flowing past them all the year round, and flowers in full bloom in all four seasons. The Olive Dam, its tropical landscape looking sylvan in the ethnic Dai tradition, evinces an air of classic sanctity and natural repose.

The weather in Olive Dam is hot, humid, which brings in various tropical fruits like coconut, areca, banana, mango, litchi, carambola, pineapple honey, etc, as well as great amount of candied fruit. Within the forest, bamboo houses on stilts and typical Buddhist pagodas can be seen. Slim and graceful Dai girls in colorful traditional ankle-length sarongs and woven bamboo hats carry split-bamboo baskets, selling sweet fruit and melons and other home made local produce.

 

Olive Dam Tour

Just as  the saying goes: "No trip to Xishuangbanna is complete without a visit to Olive Dam". Tourists of Xishuangbanna tour should not miss this tropical landscape looking sylvan.