Located in southwest China, Yunnan Province is the country’s 6th largest province, with an area of 394,000 km2 (the equivalent of 3/4 of France, and the total of Germany). The 7% land of Yunnan is cultivated land, forest with 40%, and the territory is covered at 94% by mountains. In the center and east Yunnan (such as Kunming, Shilin, Luoping, and Puzhehei), these are high karst plateaus with eroded peaks.
The northwest (Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La) is a region of high mountains, austere and wild. The more northerly region (Deqin) which borders on Tibet, culminates at more than 5000 m of altitude.