Zhaotong Overview

Chinese Name: 昭通 English IPA: Zhao Tong Location: Northeast of Yunnan Population (city): 5,213,000 Language: Yunnan Dialect Zip code: 657000 Tel code: 0870 Time zone: UTC+8

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”. It is the important channel for Yunnan to connect the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone. It is a two-way corridor leading to the South Asia, Southeast Asia and Yunnan to the inland. Located in the northeast of Yunnan, Zhaotong is used to be the venue of an important conference held in February of 1935 during Chinese Red Army’s Long March.

Highlights of Zhaotong

  • Colorful Ethnic Culture: Like many other cities in Yunnan, Zhaotong is the place where a great number of ethnic minorities gather. Among the 5,537,000(permanent resident population in 2017) people, Yi and Miao ethnic minorities are the main ethnic groups in Zhaotong. Therefore, the traditional festivals of Yi and Miao, unique local operas, dances, music and other art forms are the common entertainment methods in Zhaotong. Multi-ethnic settlement makes Zhaotong City full of colorful ethnic culture, whether the festivals or the food.
  • Best Place for Bird-watching: Dashanbao Black-necked Cranes Nature Reserve is one of the most popular destination for Yunnan Birding Tours. Covering a total area of 19,200 hectares, the Reserve is a plateau marshland. There are more than 1,300 black-necked cranes wintering in Dashanbao Reserve which has become the largest winter habitat of black-necked cranes and is regarded as one of the “Hometowns of Black-necked Cranes in China”. The reserve  has been designated as a Ramsar site since 2004. 
  • Paradise for Animals and Plants: Zhaotong City is rich in plant resources and biological resources due to topography, landform, climate, soil and other factors. There are 151 families, 457 genera, 1025 species (excluding bryophytes), and 174 families and 1604 species of grassland vegetation resources. It is distributed from the southern subtropical zone to the north temperate zone, including 2 national first-class protected plants, 24 secondary protected plants, and 32 tertiary protected plants. The national first-class protected animals in Zhaotong City include leopard, black-necked crane, red-crowned crane, and white-crowned long-tailed pheasant, etc. 

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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. [...]

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Climate & When to Go

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Festivals and Activities

Zhaotong Festivals and Activities are very colorful and Zhaotong is the best place to take a festival tour. Zhaotong Festivals and Activities give a brief introduction of festivals and activities in Zhaotong, and tell travelers what to do when come to Zhaotong. Known as one of the important destinations in the classical Yunnan Travel, Zhaotong City is the hometown of Black-necked Crane which enjoys a reputation in the world. It’s a place where many minorities inhabit together and the festivals [...]

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Travel Tips

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Useful Maps

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Zhaotong Accommodation

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