Gongshan County Overview


Gongshan Dulong and Nu Autonomous County (贡山独龙族怒族自治县) is located in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan province, China. Gongshan is a small county in northwest of Yunnan Province. Gongshan is a small charming county with deep valleys and steep, overlapping and magnificent mountains and snow peaks. Biluo Snow Mountain, Gaoligong Mountain, Nujiang River and Dulong River are the highlights of Gongshan County. It has an area of 4,506 square kilometers and a population of 35,910 as 2012 census.


Basic Information

Chinese Name: 贡山县
Location:northwest of Yunnan Province
Zip Code: 673500
Dailing Code: 0886
Area: 4506 square kilometers
Population : 34240



In West Han Dynasty, Gongshan was under the administration of Yuesui Prefecture. Gongshan was a part of Xuanfu Office of Lijiang in Yuan Dynasty, Weixi Office in Qing Dynasty. On 8th April, 1950, Gongshan County government was established. It was changed into Gongshan Dulong and Nu Autonomous County in October, 1956.



The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate. Gongshan is a city with a significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. The climate here is classified as Cfa by the Köppen-Geiger system. The average annual temperature is 16.2 °C in Gongshan. The average annual rainfall is 1555 mm.



Gongshan county occupies the northmost part of Nujiang Prefecture, and in latitude has a range of 27°29’----28°23’N and in longitude has a range of 98°08’----98°56’E, covering an area of 4,506 square kilometers, bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and Burma to the west. The national boundary with Burma is 172.008 kilometers and the provincial boundary of Yunnan-Tibet is 135 kilometers. It is located in the central part of the Hengduan Mountains, and contains the valleys of the Salween, Mekong, and Irrawaddy.



The transportation in Gongshan county is not so convenient, bus transportation is the main travel means here. There is no plane or railway now, but the Nujiang Airport is under the construction.



There is no luxury hotels in Gongshan, but the comfortable hotels and inns. It you want a better stay, you can go to Lushui City.



There is much to see or to do in Gongshan. Travelers, especially visitors who are inclined to adventure trip always regard three parallel longitudinal rivers as the top option. Gongshan enjoys deep valleys and steep, overlapping and magnificent mountains and snow peaks.


Ethnic Culture

Local culture represents the diversity of ethnic culture. In Gongshan, sacrificing an ox of Dulong people are the most remarkable. They believe in different religions, such as the primitive religion, Lamaism, Catholicism and Christianity. Their beliefs can be seen in their daily life. Dulong, the smallest ethnic groups in China. They wear a cape of black and white striped linen. Dulong men like to carry a chopper, cross-bow and quiver with them. Women like to wear big earrings and rattan bracelets. Women used to tattoo their face to protect themselves from the lord in the past. Before the founding of People's Republic of China, Nu people live in the traditional styles, taking note by rope knot and slash-and-burn cultivation.


What to Eat in Gongshan

People who take a tour to Gongshan never forget to taste the food there. As a city having various Chinese ethnic minorities, Gongshan local food is different from the one in other places. All the foods in Gongshan feature local culture of ethnic minorities, and all the materials are from this place. It is the creation of local people and the work of human wisdom. This article will take you into the local life to discover the stunning food in this Yunnan city.All the foods talked about below are the representatives of local food and the essence of local food culture. They are also the top recommended ones to tourists who will be or have been in Gongshan.


What to Buy in Gongshan

Gongshan county is a multi-culture city with many ethnic minority groups, including the Dulong, Nu, Bai and Naxi etc. They live together harmoniously and retain their cultural legacy and life practices. When you travel to Gongshan, you can buy the local mushrooms, herbs, and other products.


Gongshan County in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture

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Location of Gongshan County (pink) and Nujiang Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China
Location of Gongshan County (pink) and Nujiang Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China