Zhaoyang District Overview

Basic information

Chineses name: 昭阳

yLocation: In the northeast of Yunnan and southwest of China

Population:  871900

Nationalities: Han, Yi, Miao, Hui

Language: Southwestern Mandarin - Yunnan Dialect

Area: 2167 square kilometers

Zip code: 657000

Area code: 0870



Geographical Location

Zhaotong city is located in the junction of Yunnan , Sichuan and Guizhou province, and the nuclear area of Panxi-Liupanshui economic development zone(攀西-六盘水经济开发区). It borders Weining county of Guizhou province in the east, Ludian county in the south, Jinyang county in the west across the Jinsha river, Yiliang county and Daguan county in the north. The urban area is 341 Km away from Kunming, 450 Km away from Guiyang, 550 Km away from Chengdu and 580 Km away from Chongqing.


Zhaotong city is the political, economical and cultural center of Zhaotong municipality. The communication here is quite convenient ,some important expressways  and highways go through the urban area, in addition, there is a airport in the city. It is rich in natural resources, especially coal, like anthracite, iron, copper and so on. Among them, the reserve of lignite reaches 8,16 billion ton, ranks No.1 in southern China and No.2 in China. Dashanbao(大山包) is listed as the vital International Wetland and National black-necked crane natural protection area, and it enjoys the reputation of the Hometown of black-necked crane.


Zhaoyang has long history, and many talents were gathered there. In the ancient time, Zhaoyang was one of the earliest developed areas, which had become the most important communication center for the South Silk Road, and there were lots of cultural memories in Zhaoyang, people can do the business freely and the city became more and more profound.

Administrative Division

Taiping Street(太平街), Longquan Street(龙泉街), Fenghuang Steet(凤凰街).

Jiupu town(旧圃镇), Yongfeng town(永丰镇), Beizha town(北闸镇),

Sujiayuan township(苏家院乡), Leju township(乐居乡), Sayu township(洒渔乡), Panhe township(盘河乡), Jingan township(靖安乡), Sujia township(苏甲乡), Yanshan township(炎山乡), Dazhaizi township(大寨子乡), Dashanbao township(大山包乡), Tianba township(田坝乡),

Shouwang Hui Minority township(守望回族乡), Xiaolongdong Hui and Yi Minority township(小龙洞回族彝族乡), Qinggangling Huiand Yi Minority township(青岗岭回族彝族乡), Buga Hui Minority township(布嘎回族乡).

Ethnic Groups

There are many ethnic groups inhabit in Zhaotong city . Like most counties under the administration of Zhaotong, Hui, Miao and Yi people are dominant. Miao people ranks first and its’ population reaches 98 thousand.


Best Time to Visit

Zhaoyang 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.


There are long-distance bus stations, and there is an airport and a passenger port. People can take them to different places, and there are also short-distance buses, taxi, and minibus.


Zhaotong food is effected by Sichuan cuisine and Guizhou Cuisine. It has Sichuan cuisine's spicy and pungent flavor and Guizhou cuisine's intence, and they are good at using ingredients and pickling. Thay emphasize that the spicy and pungent flovor can defeat the damp.

Top Attractions

Zhaotong is a great city to visit. If you are a first time visitor, solo traveller or travelling with family, it is always good to know popular attractions to visit. As a multinational place, its attractions are definitely related to the ethnic minority culture except the natural landscapes and historical sites. Shuitianwanzi is a Miao ethnic village in Weixin where you can observe the ancestor's house and daily utensils such as grinding mills, looms, spinning wheels, mills for making Ciba cake and farming tools. Zhaotong played an important role in economy communication of Yunnan and Sichuan province in the past, so you couldn’t miss the historical sites like Zhaotong Old Town. Zhaotong reserves a ecological landscape for Black-necked Cranes.