Zhenxiong County Overview

Basic information

Chineses name: 镇雄

Location: In the northeast of Yunnan and south of Zhaotong

Population: 1.52 million

Nationalities: Han, Yi, Miao, Hui

Language: Southwestern Mandarin - Yunnan Dialect

Area: 3696square kilometers

Zip code: 657200

Area code: 0870

Geographical Location

Zhenxiong County (镇雄县) is located in the northeast of Yunnan province, China, under the administration of Zhaotong City and bordering Guizhou and Sichuan. Zhengxiong County lies in the northeast of Yunnan, with an area of 3,696 square kilometers (1,427 sq mi). The latitude ranging from 27° 17' to 27° 50' N and longitude from 104° 18' to 105° 19' E, it has a maximum north-south extent of 54 km (34 mi) and a maximum east-west width of 99 km (62 mi). It borders Xuyong County (Sichuan) to the east across the Chishui River, Hezhang County (Guizhou) to the south, Yiliang County to the west, and Weixin County to the north. The village of Delong (德隆村) in Potou Township (坡头乡) is located near the triple intersection point of the three provinces, and is so nicknamed the "fowl cry of the three provinces" (鸡鸣三省). By road, the prefectural seat of Zhaotong is 265 km (165 mi) to the west, Kunming is 598 km (372 mi) to the southwest, Guiyang is 326 km (203 mi) to the southeast, Chongqing is 505 km (314 mi) to the northeast, and Chengdu 618 km (384 mi) to the north-northwest.


The population of Zhenxiong county is 1.52 million, Zhengxiong enjoys the largest population in the county level of Yunnan province, at the same time, it is one of the largest population county in China. The natural resources are quite rich, in the old time, it enjoyed the reputation of “golden Tengyue, silver Zhenxiong”(金腾越,银镇雄) with Tengchong county in the west of Yunnan province. In recent years, the economy of Zhenxiong county develops rapidly, and the public security also improves a lot.


Zhenxiong is a place with a long history, rich resources, beautiful scenery and  historical culture. As early as in Xia, Shang dynasties, it was in the Liangzhou Prefecture and Zhangzhou Prefecture regions. After the Tianbao War (754), it entered the Nanzhao Kingdom and changed its name to the Mangbu. The fifth year of Jiajing age(1526), citing the ancient name of "Daxiong", renamed Zhenxiong Military and People's Government, the thirty-sixth year of Wanli  age(1609), renamed Zhenxiong. Zhenxiong, whose name began to appear frequently in historical books. 

Administrative Division

There are 16 towns, 10 townships, 2 ethnic townships in Zhenxiong County of Zhaotong.

Wufeng town(乌峰镇),  Luokan town(罗坎镇), Yuhe town(雨河镇),  Dawan town(大湾镇) Niuchang town(牛场镇) Wude town(五德镇), Mangbu town(芒部镇), Yile town(以勒镇), Chishuiyuan town( 赤水源镇), Muheng town(母享镇), Poji town(泼机镇), Heishu town(黑树镇), Wanchang town(碗厂镇), Yanyuan town(盐源镇), Muzhuo town(木卓镇), Yigu town(以古镇), Pingshang town(坪上镇), Tangfang town(塘房镇), Changba town(场坝镇), Zhongtun town(中屯镇), Potou town(坡头镇), Hualang township(花朗乡), Huashan township(花山乡), Shanshu town(杉树乡), Yudong township(鱼洞乡), Jianshan township(尖山乡), Guozhu Yi minority township( 果珠彝族乡), Linkou Yi and Miao minority township(林口彝族苗族乡).

Ethnic Groups

In Zhenxiong county, the amount of minority people is 8.23% of the total population. There are only two ethnic groups in the county, they are Yi and Miao People, the population of Yi people is 71945, and Miao people is 31301. The Yi ethnic minority celebrate Torch Festival, and the Miao ethnic minority celebrate the Dancing Flower Festival.


Zhenxiong county has a typical temperate and monsoonal climate with four clearly distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is 11.3℃, and the annual average precipitation is 914.6 mm, in addition, its’ annual sunshine is 1341 hours. There are 218 days without frost.

Best Time to Visit

The best seasons to visit Zhenxiong are Spring, Summer and Winter because of the good weather, and Winter is cold for people to visit there.InCounty Spring, you can enjoy the beautiful flowers, in Summer, you can climb mountains, in Autumn, you can get the pleasant of harvest.


Zhenxiong has formed the transportation system consists of provincial road, county road and village road. Long-distance bus is the main way for local people who take a long journey. There are also short-distance buses, taxi, and minibus in Zhenxiong county.


Zhenxiong county borders Hezhang county of Guizhou province in the south. In the long process of communicating and fusing, Zhenxiong people’s eating pattern has been influenced by Guizhou dishes deeply. At the same time, it keeps its’ own characteristics as a part of Yunnan dishes.

Top Attractions

There are some ethnic cultural landscapes, such as Guozhu Yi Ethnic Town and Linkou Yi and Miao Ethnic Town. There are some natural landscapes, such as Duojundong Cave, Xiaoshanxia Gorge Scenic Area, Red Stone Reservoir, Wude Sinkhole and Fengchishan Forest Park.