Weishan County Overview

1.Basic Information

  • Chinese Name: 巍山彝族回族自治县
  • Location: in the western part of Yunnan Province, south of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture.
  • Area: About 2,200 square kilometers
  • Population: 320,154
  • Language: Bai Language
  • Postal code: 672400
  • Area code(s): 0872

2.Where to Stay

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

3.Where to Visit

Weishan 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 Xiaojizu Mountain, Tianmoya Temple, Xinggong Tower, Weibao Mountain, Yuanjue Temple and different traditional ethnic village.

4.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 Weishan County is also between March and June.


Referred to as “Xielong” and “Menghua” in ancient times, Weishan is one of the earliest places in Yunnan to be set as counties. Weishan Old Town is claimed to be “the old capital of Nanzhao Kingdom” and is in fact the cradle of Nanzhao Culture.   


Weishan County has its historical importance, for the Nanzhao Kingdom had its start right here, in the 7th century, when the town was known as Mengshe, the capital of one of the six native chiefdoms, or zhao, roughly in the area that is now Dali Prefecture.

7.What to Buy                                                                                       

There are many special things that you can buy, such as glazed fruit, bandhnu, pickles.


Each place has its own special dishes in China. Small green bean cake, glazed fruits and Erkuai are very famous in Weishan County.

9.Administrative Division

Weishan County is under Dali County’s jurisdiction. There are 4 towns and 6 townships: Nanzhao Town(南诏镇), Miaojie Town(庙街镇), Taicang Town(大仓镇), Yongjian Town(永建镇), Wewibaoshan Township(巍宝山乡), Maanshan Township (马鞍山乡), Zhijin Township (紫金乡), Niujie Township (牛街乡), Qinghua Township (青华乡), Wuyin Township (五印乡)

10.Ethnic Groups

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


The major festivals around Weishan County include the Dragon Worship (Jilong) Festival of Yi Ethnic Minority, Weishan Snack Festival, The Ancestor Worship Festival of Yi Ethnic Minority.