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Yunnan: A land of scenery, culture and connectivity

Updated:2017-05-18 15:05:48   yunnangateway.com

Yunnan, also referred to as “Dian” or “Yun”, is one of the cradles of human history, whose oldest inhabitant can be traced back to the Yuanmou Man 1.7 million years ago, the earliest mankind ever identified in China and Asia at large.

An overview

Yunnan map made up of by scenic miniatures of its 16 divisions

Today under the jurisdiction of Yunnan province, there are 16 cities/prefectures, namely cities of Kunming, Qujing, Yuxi, Baoshan, Zhaotong, Lijiang, Pu’er and Lincang, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture and Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The province governs all together 129 counties/districts/county-level cities, including 29 ethnic autonomous ones. Home to a population of 47.418 million in 2015, Yunnan is the 12th most populous province in China.

Yunnan’s location

Geographically, Yunnan is situated in the southwest frontier of China, and it neighbors Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the east, Sichuan Province on the north and Tibet Autonomous Region in the northwest. Also, the province borders Myanmar on the west and Laos and Vietnam on the south. Yunnan covers an area of 394,000 square kilometers, or 4.1% of the land of China. At a length of 4,060 kilometers, the boundary line of Yunnan is one of the longest among all provinces and regions of the country.

Kawakarpo Peak of the Meili Snow Mountain at dawn

As a mountainous highland province, Yunnan is covered by mountains and plateaus in 94% of its territory. Altitude difference within the province amounts to as huge as over 6,000 meters. At a linear distance of 900 kilometers, Kawakarpo Peak of the Meili Snow Mountain in Deqin County, the highest of its kind in the province, towers to 6,740 metres above sea level, while the lowest point, at the intersection of the Nanxi River and Red River in Hekou County, stands on a mere altitude of 76.4 meters. To be specific, Yunnan features amazing scenery, diverse culture and easy connectivity.

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