is a province in the southwest, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
The mountainous province has large reserves
of metals like Al, Pb and Zn.
The Dian people
domesticated horses in the 6th century BC and were skilled metal workers.They left many
During the Panthay rebellion
of Hui and other local people in the 19th century scores were killed. After
taking control again the Manchu Qing
rulers performed a rigorous ethnic cleansing.
Buddhist Lamas attacks on the local French
Catholic missionaries sparked the Tibetan Rebellion
in 1905, which was quickly crushed.
As of today the leaders in
Beijing are wary of everything related to Tibet
, this includes parts of Yunnan nearTibet.
Yunnan's major tourist attractions
are the capital Kunming, the stone forest Shilin, the scenic town of Lijiang with its Naxi culture and the Songzanlin Monastery
in Shangri La.