Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture (楚雄彝族自治州) is named after the Yi ethnic minority that live in the area. The Yi is one of the largest ethnic minorities in China, and is spread throughout the southwest. Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture is one of the autonomous prefectures under the jurisdiction of Yunnan Province. It is located in central Yunnan Province, east of Kunming City, west of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, south of Puer City and Yuxi City, north of Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province.