is a province in China's southwest, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
Yunnan is a very 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 by the 6th century
BC they had domesticated horses.
The Dian were skilled metal workers and left many bronze artifacts to testify their high
level of craftsmanship.
The Dian Kingdom
was a strong slave state and flourished until conquered by the Han Empire
in the 2d century
During the 19th century Panthay rebellion
of the Hui and other local people, scores of them were killed. After
taking back control the Manchu Qing
rulers performed a rigorous and brutal ethnic cleansing.
Buddhist Lamas attacks
on French Catholic missionaries sparked the Tibetan Rebellion
in 1905, but the uprising was quickly and harshly crushed.
communist leaders in Beijing remain very wary of everything related to Tibet
, including the parts of Yunnan that border
the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Yunnan's 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.