Wenshanzhou refers to the district encompassing Wenshan city and the surrounding Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. The area is in one of Yunnan province's more remote areas, bordering Vietnam to the south and Guangxi province to the east. China's economic miracle has mostly passed this area by, as a result, the tourism industry is undeveloped and getting here can be tricky as roads are not well maintained.
The karst scenery and lakes around Wenshan are quite nice and relatively unspoiled, but cannot be said to be as awe-inspiring as those near Xishuangbanna. The area's main appeal is its ethnic diversity, it's home to eleven different minority groups, Miao, Yao, Yi and Zhuang, to name a few. With such a diversity of cultures, Wenshan and surrounding townships often brim with good cheer as red-cheeked locals celebrate their unique festivals.