- Honghe Prefecture - literally translates into the "Red River" prefecture. The prefecture does, in fact, straddle the river and while the north of Honghe is generally warm and arid, the south is generally tropical and green. No matter where you are within the prefecture, however, you can rely on some fantastic mountains ranges or hilly terrain
- Yuxi Prefecture
- - tin miners' city in Honghe Prefecture
- - a gateway to Vietnam
- - a historic city, with Southern China's largest Temple of Confucius
- - county level city in Honghe Prefecture
- (石屏) - the culture the Yi People
- - mosques around the shores of Lake Qilu
- - famous for Hani people's terrace rice fields
- - capital of Yuxi Prefecture, home to the biggest tobacco factory in Asia
Kunming–Hai Phong RailwayConstructed by French capital and Chinese labor at the beginning of the 20th century, the Yunnan section of the meter-gauge railway connecting Yunnan and Vietnam is a feat of engineering. Although there is no passenger service on most of this line anymore (trains run on the standard-gauge line instead), the railway is preserved and continues to have some limited use for freight. A commuter service on a small section of this line still operates in Kunming, and a tourist train runs on a side branch of this railway in Jianshui.
Mengzi has an airport as well.
There is a century-old old narrow-gauge, 100 km or so to the east of the new standard-gauge line, but it has no passenger service.
By busBuses can be used to travel everywhere else; Mengzi is the region's main hub.
The Red River flows in a narrow and deep valley, about 1,000 m below the towns north or south of it, so all the roads descending into it have an impressive series of switchbacks.
Be aware of the combination of the usual hazards of riding in China. When crossing industrial/commercial suburbs of most cities, you'll go through a belt of congested roads, smoke and dust. Once outside of the densely populated area, the traffic is usually low, but the road may have some sections being repaired - or in dire need of repair.
- The Chengjiang fossil site, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
- Fuxian lake