Yunnan Province (云南省), China Travel Guide

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Yunnan Province (云南省) is a province in the southwestern region of China. It covers 394,100 sq km (152,200 sq mi), making it the 8th biggest province of the country. Yunnan Province borders Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guizhou Province to the east, Sichuan Province to the north and Tibet Autonomous Region to the northwest. It also shares international borders with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan Province
Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan Province
Author: Luis Franco (Creative Commons Attribution 2.1 Spain)

Yunnan Province has a population of 46 million (2011 estimate). Its capital and largest city in Kunming. The province had a 2009 GDP of CNY 616.8 billion, putting it in 24th position, and a per capita GDP of CNY 13,494, ranking it in 29th position.

Yunnan Province is one of the poorest provinces in China. It is however rich in mineral and natural resources. The province has one of the highest reserves of tin, lead, zinc and aluminium in the country. It is also home to 30,000 species of plants in China. It has an abundance of lakes and rivers with much unexploited reserves of hydropower.

Stone Forest, Yunnan Province
Stone Forest, Yunnan Province
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Going to Yunnan Province

The Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (KMG) is the gateway for air travelers. It receives domestic flights from major cities of China, as well as some destinations in Southeast Asia.

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Tourist Destinations in Yunnan Province

  1. Chuxiong
  2. Dali
  3. Shangrila
  4. Stone Forest
  5. Xishuangbanna

Main Cities of Yunnan Province

  1. Kunming - provincial capital
  2. Deqin
  3. Jinghong
  4. Lijiang
  5. Ruili
  6. Wenshan
  7. Yuxi

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