Situated in the northeast of Yunnan Province, Zhaotong City is about 350 kilometers away from Kunming, sharing boundaries with Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. It is known as the “North Gate of Yunnan” and has been a vital passage from Yunnan to Sichuan since ancient times.

Zhaotong exhibits a typical mountainous landform with high mountains and deep valleys. The unique terrain of Zhaotong has nurtured the splendid natural landscape of mountains, rivers, and canyons such as Dashanbao and Huanglian River. As one of the three birthplaces of early Yunnan culture, Zhaotong also has a long history and rich cultural relics.

ABC’s of Zhaotong

Area: 23 000 km2
Average annual temperature: 12 degrees
Geography: In the northeast of Yunnan Province
Population: 5 092 600 inhabitants (2021) The minority population accounts for 10.17% of the total registered population
Elevation: 1 685 m
Ethnic minorities: Hui, Yi, Miao
Economy: Water resources, Mineral Resources, Agricultural special products
Language: Mandarin, Zhaotong Dialect

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A Little History of Zhaotong

Zhaotong was called “Zhuti” and “Wumeng” in ancient times. It has a history of more than 2,100 years since the establishment of Zhuti Shire by Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty in 135 BC.

During the Tang and Song Dynasties, Nanzhao and Dali two local regimes successively dominated the Yunnan region, but Zhaotong failed to fully accept the influence of Nanzhao and Dali cultures.

In the Ming Dynasty, Wumeng House was set up. Zhaotong Prefecture was established in the Qing Dynasty.

Since the Qin Dynasty opened the “Five-foot Road” and Han built the “Nanyi Road”, Zhaotong has become an important channel for the introduction of Central Plains culture to Yunnan, and it is an important commercial center of the “Southern Silk Road.”

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