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  • Health issues not a factor in smoke industry earnings
    The Standard, Hong Kong -
    ... It agreed to acquire Yunnan-based cigarette packaging maker Kunming World Grand Colour Printing, which has annual sales of more than 10 million yuan (HK$9.42 ...
  • Coal mine cave-in traps 10 in Yunnan
    Xinhua, China -
    11 (Xinhuanet) -- Rescuers have been busy looking for the 10 workers who were trapped in a coal mine cave-in Thursday in Yunnan Province, a local government ...
  • "Dynamic Yunnan" sets for world tour
    Xinhua, China -
    ... China Radio International reported Monday. Dynamic Yunnan is an original ethnic dance musical. The director illustrates the richness ...
  • Vietnam wants closer ties with China's Yunnan province
    Xinhua, China -
    3 (Xinhuanet) -- Vietnam's four northern cities and provinces would like to beef up multi-faceted relations with the Chinese province of Yunnan, especially in ...
  • Yunnan fights hard against human trafficking
    China Daily, China -
    Senior public security officials have called for the fight against the trafficking of women and children to be intensified in Southwest China's Yunnan Province ...
Yunnan (Simplified Chinese: 云南, Traditional: 雲南, pinyin: Yúnnán) is a province of the People's Republic of China, located in the far southwestern corner of the country.

Yúnnán Shěng
Province Abbreviation(s): 滇 (Diān) or 云 (Yún)
Capital Kunming (昆明)
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 8th
394,000 km²
 - Total (2000)
 - Density
Ranked 12th
Administration Type Province
Governor Xu Rongkai
Image:China provinces yunnan.png

1 History

2 Geography

3 Economy

4 Demographics

5 Culture

6 Tourism

7 Miscellaneous topics

8 External links

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From the 7th to the 13th centuries, Yunnan was the site of the Bai kingdom of Nanchao.

In 1894, George Ernest Morrison, an Australian correspondent for The Times, travelled from Beijing to British-occupied Burma via Yunnan. His book An Australian in China details his experiences.

From 1916 to 1917, Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews led the Asiatic Zoological Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History through much of western and southern Yunnan, as well as other provinces of China. The book Camps and Trails in China records their experiences.


Yunnan is one of the most culturally and geographically varied province in China, with many minority peoples nestled throughout the region's mountains, jungles and river-valleys.

See also: Maotianshan shales


Several major rivers flow through the province, including:


Bordering provinces are Tibet, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi. Bordering countries are Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.



Ethnic groups include:


One of Yunnan's famous products is Pu'er tea, named after the town of Pu'er.


Tourist centres in Yunnan include Dali, the Naxi town of Lijiang, Zhongdian, The Stone Forest and Jinghong, Xishuangbanna.

The Old Town of Lijiang, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Miscellaneous topics

External links