Yanjin County Overview

Basis information

Chineses name: 盐津

Location: In the northeast of Yunnan and northwest of Zhaotong

Language: Southwestern Mandarin - Yunnan Dialect

Population: 362400

Nationalities: Han, Yi, Miao, Hui, Bai

Area: 2091.5 square kilometers

Zip code: 657500

Area code: 0870

Geographical Location

 Yanjin county(盐津县) is located in the northeast part of Yunnan province, the junction area of Yunnan province and Sichuan province, it lies in the middle of Zhaotong city and Yibin city, borders  Junlian county and Yibin county in the northeast, Yiliang county in the south, Suijiang county and Yongshan county in the west, Shuifu county in the north. It stretches 62.5 kilometers from north to south and 46 kilometers from east to west. The total land area of Yanjin county is 2091 square kilometers with its population of 372.6 thousand.


In the old time, Yanjin was the region where the Bo ethnic group inhabited. It was not until 1917, Yanjin was known by people as a county, and the name “Yanjin” was for its function as a ferry to transport salt, which was produced here. Yanjin county is known for its historical sites list as follow: Wuchi road(五尺道) which was built in Qin dynasty, “Yuanzi’s Inscription on the Cliff”  in Tang dynasty and “Hanging-coffin Burials of the Bo People”. Yanjin county also possesses rich natural resources like coal, medicinal matereials, orchid and hydro-energy.


Yanjin got such a beautiful name for there was a old solt well in this county.  There were some Bo people lived there in the ancient time. It belonged to Liangzhou Profecture during the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties. In 1917, it becomes Yanjin County formally.

Administrative Division

There are 4 towns and 6 townships are under the administration of Yanjin county, they are listed as follow: Yanjing town(盐井镇),  Puer town(普洱镇), Dousha town(豆沙镇), Zhonghe town(中和镇), Xinglong township(兴隆乡), Luoyan township(落雁乡), Tantou township(滩头乡), Niuzhai township(牛寨乡), Miaoba township(庙坝乡) and Shizi township(柿子乡).

Ethnic Groups 

There are totally 13772 minority people in Yanjin county. Among them, Miao people is dominant, and its population reaches 13073. The amount of other minority people is relatively less.


Yanjin county enjoys the characteristics of “one mountain at Four Seasons, different weather within 10 km”, hot in summer, wet and warm in winter, the distinction between seasons are obvious.


There is no any 5-star or 4-star hotel in Yanjin. But there are some traditional hotels for you to enjoy your visits.Transportantation


Yanjin is a county with many valuable food materials like Jizong mashroom(鸡枞),Yanjin soybean, black-bone chicken and so on. Like its neighboring county-Shuifu, Yanjin has mixed the characteristics of Yunnan dishes and Sichuan dishes.


There are two famous towns for people to have a look, Yanjing Town and Dousha Old Town. There are a lot of cultural landscapes in Yanjin, such as Cliff Inscriptions of Yuanzi, Guanyin Pavilion, Bo People Hanging Coffin of Doushaguan, Wuchi Ancient Road between Yunnan and Sichuan and Doushaguan Pass. Yanjin is rich in natural resouces, such as Meier Mountain and Doushaguan Scenic Area.

Yanjin county in Yunnan province


Location of Yanjin County (pink) and Zhaotong Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China
Location of Yanjin County (pink) and Zhaotong Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China
Zhaotong City
1,416 km2 (547 sq mi)
320/km2 (830/sq mi)