Gateway to Southeast Asia and South Asia

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The Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the most important Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan, is known as the Little Potala Palace. [Photo/VCG]

Population: 47,209,277 (2020)

Area: 394,100 square kilometers


Located in Southwest China, Yunnan province borders Guizhou province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in the east, Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality in the north, and Tibet autonomous region in the northwest.

Yunnan is the hub and gateway to Southeast Asia and South Asia. It shares a 4,060-kilometer border with Myanmar in the west and southwest, and Laos and Vietnam in the south.


The regional GDP of Yunnan province achieved a growth of 8.9 percent year-on-year in 2018. A total of 33 impoverished counties along with 1.51 million people were lifted out of poverty in 2018, which was the first time in history that the number of impoverished counties decreased. The per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents climbed by 8 percent and 9.2 percent year-on-year.

The number of tourists from home and abroad visiting Yunnan in 2018 saw a growth of 20 percent year-on-year and gross tourism revenue rose by 22 percent. Yunnan’s total foreign trade value increased 24.7 percent in 2018.

Administrative divisions:

Yunnan province governs eight prefecture-level cities – Kunming, Qujing, Yuxi, Zhaotong, Baoshan, Lijiang, Pu'er, Lincang – and eight autonomous prefectures – Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture, Nujiang Lisu autonomous prefecture, Diqing Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Dali Bai autonomous prefecture, Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture, Honghe Hani and Yi autonomous prefecture, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefecture and Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture. Yunnan province also has 16 urban districts, 15 county-level cities, 69 counties and 29 autonomous counties.

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