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yunnan Chinese nameyunnan ['cloud' 'south']
Population45,100,000
Area394,000
CapitalKunming
Main Industriesagriculture (rice)
GDP10,504
Foreign Trade6,225
Ethnic minorities33%
Urbanization32%
Inner Mongolia Xinjiang Heilongjiang Jilin Gansu Liaoning Ningxia Qinghai Tibet Hebei Yunnan Shandong Sichuan Guangxi Shanxi Hainan Shaanxi Guangdong Chongqing Fujian Henan Guizhou Zhejiang Hunan Jiangsu Hubei Shanghai Jiangxi Beijing Anhui Tianjin

The mountainous province of Yunnan (Southern Cloud) Province marks the South-Western bulwark of China. Part of the Nanzhou kingdom up until the 13th century it is still ethnically diverse but much more like China than Tibet.

It has number of natural beauty spots such as the Stone Forest (Shi Lin) and Dali.

A British film made the small town of Lijiang famous in 1994 with Beyond the Clouds. This was a ground-breaking, incisive documentary about everyday life in remote Yunnan.

See also :

Traditional Temple, Yelong Mountains
Chengdu-Kunming Railway

Visitor Guide to Yunnan

Lijian Yunnan
Lijiang garden architecture, Yunnan 1979

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