Covering an area of 7 km2, the Moli Tropical Rainforest Scenic Area (Moli Scenic Area) locates 20km northeast of Ruili, a city in Yunnan Province. “Moli” indicates “beautiful waterfalls” in the language of Dai people and is also called “Zhaduo”. Legend has it that, once upon a time, Buddha came here, and then he fasted for practicing Buddhism and took a bath by the hot spring in this area and later left a giant footprint. In memory of the arrival of Buddha himself, later generations call this area “Zhaduo” in Pali language.
With forest coverage of more than 96%, the Moli Scenic Area mainly features the landscape of original tropical ravine rainforest vegetation against waterfalls. In it, there are more than thousands of tropical or subtropical plants, including 1,500 species of wild plants and 479 species of flower plants and spice and aromatic plants, all of which together block out sunlight and create a wonderland on earth. Walking through it, people will feel cool breeze and get various floral fragrance carried on their clothes.
When you walk into the Mori Scenic Area, perhaps due to the power of "Zhaduo", you will feel you are being followed with an enigmatic feeling. The original tropical rainforest plants here block out sunlight, and you can see the huge century-old vine like a "hammock", the cruel "strangler fig" with a nickname of "tropical cold-blooded killer", and the millennium-old fern and ten-millennia-old fossil resembling textbooks of time; After walking through the sunless rainforest for a long time, you can faintly hear the pitter patter of water. Following the sound to the end of the canyon where it turns as high as a thunder, your horizon suddenly becomes wide and you are facing the sky as well as a gargantuan waterfall pours down from a cliff 60 m above you. "Splashing water flies away like fluffed cotton without use of a bow" and this is how we describe the Zhaduo Waterfalls.