is a province in China's southwest, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
It is a mountainous province and holds
large reserves of metals like Al, Pb, Cu and Zn.
The Dian people
lived in the present day Kunming region and they had domesticated
their horses as early as the 6th century BC. The Dian were skilled metal workers and left many bronze artefacts
to testify their high level of craftmanship.
The Dian Kingdom
was a strong slave state and florished until conquered by the Han Empire in
the 2d century BC.
During the Panthay rebellion
of the Hui and other local people in the 19th century scores were killed.
After taking control back the Manchu Qing
rulers performed a rigorous ethnic cleansing.
Buddhist Lamas attacked
on French Catholic missionaries sparked the Tibetan Rebellion
in 1905, but the uprising was quickly crushed.
leaders in Beijing are very wary of everything related to Tibet
and this includes the parts of Yunnan that border the Tibetan
Yunnan's major tourist attractions are the capital Kunming, the karst stone forest Shilin, the old town
of Lijiang with its Naxi culture and the Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri La.