YUNNAN - As an important border province of southwestern in China, Yunnan borders Burma, Vietnam, and Laos. It has an average altitude of 2,000 meters and a temperate tropical plateau monsoon climate. It boasts impressive natural scenery, such as snowcapped mountains, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, plateaus, virgin forests, and tropical rainforests. In addition, it is abundant in biological resources and enjoys such good reputations as the Kingdoms of Plants and the Realm of Animals.
Yunnan is known as one of the birthplaces of human beings, and the remains of the ‘Yuanmu’ Man found in the province date back 1.7 million years. Furthermore, countless places of historic interest are scattered throughout the province. Yunnan is inhabited by 26 ethnic groups such as the Han, Dai, Bai, Yi, and Hani, making it the province with the most nationalities in the whole of China. Each ethnic minority has its unique, colourful customs and traditions. A famous tourist province in China, Yunnan has now two World Heritage sites, namely the Lijiang Ancient Town in the north and the tiger leaping gorge.