Located at the north bank of the Red River in south Yunnan Province, Jianshui used to be the political, economic and cultural center of southern Yunnan for a long time. In 1994, it was honored with “National Historic and Cultural City” and “Key Scenic Spot of China”. Jianshui has been a center for Confucian studies for nearly eight hundred years and owns the third largest Confucian temple complex in China. It is also home to several ethnic minorities, including Hani, Yi, Dai, Hui and Miao. Thanks to the fusion of various cultures, Jianshui is a great place to immerse yourself in some of yunnan’s finest cuisine, observe the skills of traditional craftsman, and find some well-preserved architectural gems.