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Mountains and Valleys of Yunnan Province, China

February 21st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Yunnan Province, China - February 19th, 2009

Yunnan Province, China - February 19th, 2009

Yunnan, literally “South of the Clouds”, is a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country spanning approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 square miles).

The capital of the province is Kunming. The province borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.

Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast.

Most of the population lives in the eastern part of the province.

In the west, the relative height from mountain peaks to river valleys can be as much as 3,000 m.

Yunnan is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China, with over 17,000 of the approximately 30,000 species of higher plants in China.

Yunnan also has over 600 rivers and lakes, which provide an annual water supply of 222 billion cubic meters.

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