Zhaotong Overview introduces the basic information for you to have a better Zhaotong Tour. Historically, Zhaotong is an important gateway to Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces. It is an important channel for Central Plains culture to enter Yunnan. It is one of the three major cradles of Yunnan culture and is the key hub to China’s famous Ancient Tea Horse Road, also known as “Southern Silk Road”.
- Chinese Name: 昭通市
- English Name: Zhaotong City
- Location: Northeast Yunnan
- Administrative Category: Prefecture-level City
- Seat of Government: Zhaoyang District
- Area: 23,000 square kilometers
- Population: 5,537,000(2017)
- Zip Code: 657000
- Dialing Code: (+86) 0870
- Main Railway Stations: Zhaotong Railway Station, Yanjin Railway Station, Daguan Railway Station, Yiliang Railway Station
- Main Ethnic Groups: Yi, Miao, Hui
- Airport: Zhaotong Airport
- Top Universities: Zhaotong University
- Important Festival and Activities: Festival of Fast-Breaking or Eid al-fitr of Jinuo Ethnic Minority, Corban (Zaisheng) Festival of Hui Ethnic Minority, Yiliang Tourism Festival and Flower Fair, The Cherry Culture Festival, Mawlid or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif Festival of Hui Ethnic Minority
- Famous Attractions: Dashanbao Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve, Jigong Mountain of Dashanbao Nature Reserve, Tongluoba National Forest Park, Huanglianhe River Scenic Area, Memorial Hall of Zhaxi Conference, Doushaguan Scenic Area, Zhaotong Old Town
Zhaotong's terrain is high in the southwest and low in the northeast. It is a typical mountainous tectonic terrain with high mountains and deep valleys. The city's average elevation is 1,685 meters, of which Zhaoyang District is 1,920 meters above sea level. The highest altitude is 4,040 meters, namely, Yaoshan Mountain in Qiaojia County; the lowest elevation is 267 meters, namely Gunkanba in Shuifu City.
There are many mountains that are densely distributed in Zhaotong. Zhaotong has a three-dimensional climate characteristic of the plateau monsoon due to more significant altitude differences. There are small differences in the four seasons in Zhaotong, but there are big differences in climate at different altitudes. There are plateau climate, temperate climate and subtropical climate according to the altitudes from high to low. At the same altitude, the temperature in south Zhaotong is higher than that of the north. Lower than the north. The annual average temperature of Zhaotong is between 11°C and 21°C. The coldest temperature is in January and the monthly average temperature is between 1°C and 12°C; the hottest temperature is in July, and the monthly average temperature is between 20°C and 27°C. Zhaotong is rich in precipitation, but it is unevenly distributed in the north and south. Rainfall in south Zhaotong is more and less in north Zhaotong. Sometimes disasters and droughts occur.
Best Time to Visit Zhaotong
Zhaotong City belongs to the zone of the continental monsoon climate. The temperature of winter is quite low, but comfortable in summer. The annual average temperature is 11.6℃, the average precipitation is 735 mm and the annual sunshine reaches 1902 hours. Zhaotong is a place that can be visited all year around and the best time to visit Zhaotong is spring.
As of 2017, Zhaotong City has jurisdiction over 1 district, 9 counties, and 1 county-level cities; 3 subdistricts, 54 towns, 69 townships, and 17 ethnic townships; 70 residents’ committees and 1,201 village committees. The municipal government is located in Zhaoyang District.
- 1 District: Zhaoyang District(昭阳区)
- 1 County-level City: Shuifu City(水富市)
- 9 Counties: Ludian County(鲁甸县), Qiaojia County(巧家县), Yanjin County(盐津县), Daguan County(大关县), Yongshan County(永善县), Suijiang County(绥江县), Zhenxiong County(镇雄县), Yiliang County(彝良县), Weixin County(威信县)
Zhaotong City has a long history. As early as the Neolithic primitive people here are home. In the Western Han Dynasty, it created the splendid Chinese culture, especially the Ba-Shu culture and Yelang Culture. Zhaotong has a distinct personality characteristics and regional characteristics influenced by the Central Plains Culture.
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Zhaotong Ethnic Culture is diverse and colorful. It is a place where multi-ethnic groups inhabit. Different nationalities create different culture. As one of the important destinations in the classical Yunnan Travel and a multi-ethnic place, Zhaotong has 23 ethnic minorities in Zhaotong including Miao, Yi, Hui,etc. Among the 520 thousand minority people, Yi and Miao ethnic minorities dominate. Each ethnic minority there has its own unique customs, traditions and architectural styles, making Zhaotong picturesque place. You will have the chance to experience the life of minorities people, learn about their lifestyle, religion and cuisine. The unique scenery, coupled with fascinating Zhaotong Culture makes it attractive and charming. Come to Zhaotong and take a Zhaotong Cultural Tour.
Located in the northeast of Yunnan Province, historically one of an important cities in the south-western Silk Road, Zhaotong City is the communication center and the north gate of Yunnan Province leading to Sichuan and areas in middle- and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is also an inland port to Southeast Asia and South Asia. Zhaotong has a convenient transportation system. People can get to Zhaotong by air, train, long-distance bus and ship. State Highway 213 runs through the prefecture-level city and extends to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province. People can get to Zhaotong by air, train, long-distance bus and ship.
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Things to Do in Zhaotong
When you come to Zhaotong, do not worry what to do in Zhaotong. Zhaotong Attractions are abundant and are full of all kinds, including natural sceneries, human sceneries and villages where you can experience the rich ethnic culture. Zhaotong is well-known for Zhaotong Apple and boasts its abundant tourist resources. Zhaotong is a great city to visit. If you are a first time visitor, solo traveler or travelling with family, it is always good to know popular attractions to visit. As a multi-ethnic place, its attractions are definitely related to the ethnic minority culture except the natural landscapes and historical sites. What's more, Zhaotong is a place suitable for traveling and in-depth exploration. Under the background of long history, numerous ethnic groups and unique natural conditions, Zhaotong is the best place to experience the rich ethnic culture. There are a number of places of historical interest and natural scenic spots in Zhaotong for your exploration. Come to Zhaotong and take a unique Zhaotong Tour for your Yunnan Travel.
Top Attractions in Zhaotong
Zhaotong, a place with long history, is always a heaven for many people all over the world. Zhaotong is also a perfect destination for people who want to seek for antiquity, explore the fascinating natural sceneries. When you come to Zhaotong, the top attractions in Zhaotong are must-visit. Zhaotong, known as a land of wonders, both natural and man-made, will make you forget to leave.
- Dashanbao Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve
- Jigong Mountain of Dashanbao Nature Reserve
- Tongluoba National Forest Park
- Huanglianhe River Scenic Area
- Memorial Hall of Zhaxi Conference
- Doushaguan Scenic Area
- Zhaotong Old Town
- Wanghailou Tower
- Long Family Ancestral Temple
- Guandoushan Stone Carving
- West Grand Canyon
- Duojundong Cave
- Dalongdong Cave
- Yaoshan Mountain
- Wuchi Ancient Road
- West Grand Canyon Hot Spring
- Dahaizi Wetland
- Xiaocaoba Scenic Area
- Qingguanting Park
In 2017, Zhaotong's gross domestic product (GDP) reached 83.245 billion yuan, which was 9% higher than that in 2016 in terms of comparable prices. Among them, the added value of the primary industry was 15.638 billion yuan; the added value of the secondary industry was 35.694 billion yuan; the added value of the service sector was 31.813 billion yuan. According to the resident population, the per capita GDP was 15,119 yuan, with an increase of 8%. The proportion of the three industrial structure is 18.79:43:38.22. The contribution rates to economic growth were 12.7%, 49.1%, and 38.2%, respectively.
Zhaotong Regional Overview
- Qiaojia County
- Shuifu County
- Zhaoyang District
- Ludian County
- Yanjin County
- Daguan County
- Yongshan County
- Suijiang County
- Zhenxiong County
- Yiliang County
- Weixin County
Zhaotong Useful Numbers
Zhaotong Useful Telephone Numbers introduce numbers of police, fire, ambulance, travel service, time check, weather information, post code check, embassy and consulates, taxi dispatch, airport, railway stations, bus stations,...
Geography of Zhaotong introduces the Ecological Environment of Zhaotong including the Topography,Landforms,Location, Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Valleys,Regional Divisions,Hydrology,Mountainous Topography,Neighborhoods, Climate,Coordinates and Location Maps. Find the Key facts about Zhaotong’s most...
Economy of Zhaotong desribes the Economy and environment including Income and Living Standards,Regional economies,Zhaotong GDP,Development,Investment cycles,Agriculture,Housing and construction,Energy and mineral resources,Industry and manufacturing,Hydroelectric resources,Financial and banking system,Stock Markets,Labour and...
People and Population in Zhaotong
Population of Zhaotong introduces the official total population of Zhaotong’s permanent resident population and some information of Zhaotong people’s life, Ethnic groups,Rural migrants,official statistics,Zhaotong Population from 1960 to 2021,Historical...
Ludian County History
Ludian(鲁甸) has a long history of 2100 years. The name Ludian came from a mountain named Ludian, which is the language of Yi people. In 135 BC, Ludian was...
Ludian County Culture
It is known to all that Ludian is a county with beautiful mountains and rivers, rich products and long history, it has brilliant and profound culture background. Ludian is...
Qiaojia County History
In 135 AD, Qiaojia(巧家) was a county named Tanglang(堂琅县) under the command of Qianwei prefecture. It was not untile Tang dynasty, Shushi and Qianwei prefecture administrated Tanglang county by...
Qiaojia County Culture
Qiaojia(巧家) ,also named as Tanglang(堂琅) in the old time. The history about it was first found in pre-Qin period, and it was established as a county in Qin and...
Yanjin County History
In the old time, Yanjing was the living area of Bo people. In the Qin dynasty, it was the territory of Shu prefecture and then belonged to Qianwei prefecture(犍为郡)...
Yanjin County Culture
Since the construction of Wuchi Road(五尺道)， Yanjin had became an vital part of southern silk road. A long history of trading, made Yanjin a smelter of central plain culture,...
Daguan County History
In Xia and Shang kingdom, Daguan was the territory of Liangzhou prefecture(梁州). In Han dynasty, it belonged to Shushi prefecture (朱提郡) of Shu kingdom. Then , in 618 AD,...