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Facts about Yunnan, China

Location: Southwestern China, bordered by Myanmar, Lao P.D.R., Vietnam, provinces of Tibet, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi.

Area: 152,100 square miles. Geography ranges from the 20 thousand-foot mountains of the Tibetan plateau to the tropical lowlands of Xishuangbanna.

Population: 39 million, a third of whom are members of 25 different ethnic groups (who are closely related to the peoples of Southeast Asia).

Capital: Kunming, situated on the high central plateau, with a population of 3.6 million.

Economy:Rich in natural resources, such as copper and other valuable minerals, abundant forests of rubber, cocoa and cinchona trees, sisal, pepper vines, medicinal herbs and China's largest variety of animal life. Agriculturally it is self-sufficient in food from farms, rivers and lakes and contains extensive tobacco plantations. In recent years it has also become a modern business hub for the region and a leading tourist destination.

Climate: Kunming is known for its "Eternal Spring" weather, with mild winters. In Dali and Lijiang winters are very cold with clear blue skies but summers are long and pleasant. In the south it is usually hot and humid. The rainy season is June to August.

Language: Mandarin and minority languages of the Tibeto-Burman and Thai families. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Time: Like the rest of China, Yunnan is GMT plus 8 all year round.

Currency: RMB yuan.

IDD: Country code - 86 Area code - 871 (Kunming)

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