Nanjian County Overview

Basic Information

  • Chinese Name: 南涧彝族自治县
  • Location: located in the west central part of Yunnan province
  • Area: About 1,731 square kilometers
  • Population: 223,100
  • Language: Bai Language
  • Postal code: 675700
  • Area code(s): 0872

Where to Stay

Nanjian County accommodation is convenient and comfortable. You can choose different hotels according to your requirements.

Where to Visit

Nanjian county is a charming city with green hills and clear water, its tourism resources are unique and various. Within the territory, there are over 10 scenic plots such as Yongan Ancient Bridge, Baiyun Temple, Shidong (Stone Cave) Temple, Lumoshan Temple, Tortoise Mountain, Yanyue Park, Cherry Blossoms Valley of Wuliangshan Mountain, Lingbaoshan National Forest Park…

Best Time to Visit

The best time for touring Dali is between March and June every year, because at that time there is the celebration for the March Street in Dali. It is also the time when the camellias are in bloom. It is warm and there is no wind or sand. Similarly, the best time for touring Nanjian County is also between March and June.


Tiaocai (跳菜), a kind of Yi people's folk dances, was presented by some folk artisans at the Wuliang mountain Eco-Tea Garden in Nanjian County of Dali, Yunnan Province. 

In a folk legend, it is said that the Torch Festival stems from a time when God sent pests to destroy crops in the human world and Yi people drove them away with fire. 


The Yi Ethnic Miority has a long history. They share a common ancestry with the Bai, Naxi, Lahu and Lisu and appeared around present-day Kunming around the 2nd century B.C. In the A.D. 8th century, the ancestor of the Yi and Bai ethnic groups founded the Kingdom of Nanzhao in Yunnan Province.

What to Buy                                                                                       

There are many special things that you can buy, such as Yi Ethnic lacquer wares, Jizong mushroom, Nanjian walnut, Yi Ethnic Satchels-Leather Bags.


Each place has its own special dishes in China. Nanjian bean jelly crust, Jizong mushroom, Nanjian walnut, Nanjian pickles are very famous in Nanjian County.

Administrative Division

Nanjian County is under Dali County’s jurisdiction. There are 5 towns and 3 townships:Nanjian (南涧镇), Baohua (宝华镇), Xiaowandong (小湾东镇), Gonglang (公郎镇), Wuliang (无量镇), Bixi (碧溪乡), Leqiu (乐秋乡), Yongcui (拥翠乡).

Ethnic Groups

The major ethnic groups are Han, Yi, Hui, Bai, Miao, Lisu, Dai, Hui.


The major festivals around Nanjian County include the Yashen Festival of Yi Ethnic Minority, Dragon Lantern (Longdenghui) Festival of Yi Ethnic Minority.


Location of Nanjian County (pink) and Dali Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China Location of Nanjian County (pink) and Dali Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China