Located in the northeast of Yunnan Province, historically one of an important cities in the south-western Silk Road, Zhaotong City is the communication centre and the north gate of Yunnan Province leading to Sichuan and areas in middle- and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is also an inland port to Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Zhaotong’s long history, wonderful ancient Zhuti Culture, numerous places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and special topography make the city a unique place for tourism. Humanistic sights include: the Five-ruler Path of China’s South Silkroad; the Rub-Rock inscribed by Yuanzi , envoy of Tang Dynasty under orders to confer King of Nanzhao in Yunnan; the Suspended Human Coffins on the cliffs along the swift currents; the large-scale unearthed historical relics of the New Stone Age; the Pavilion of Honest and Upright Officials, interveining with water and with the style of Suzhou Gardens; former residences of patriotic generals Long Yun and Lu Han, and the memorial for General Luo Binghui. There are also many natural resorts: the many waterfalls falling from the cliffs; the limestone cavern, Black Dragon Cavern, to compare beauty with Swallow Cavern and Alugu Cavern; Great Biaoshuiyan Waterfall with a fall of 65 meters and a width of more than 20 meters which is as grand as Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou Province; and finally, the Huanglianhe Natural Beauty Spot which contains waterfall groups, splendid Baichuan Hanging Rock, and Watershade Long Corridor as a whole.
Zhaotong covers an area of 23,021 square kilometers and has a population of more than 2,07million. Here we have 23 minorities, among which 11 have lived here for generations, and they include Yi, Wa, Dai, Laku, Bulang, and Deang. The population of Yi, Miao, Hui reaches 180,000.
Administrative Divisions: Daguan County, Ludian County, Qiaojia County, Shuifu County, Suijiang County, Weixin County, Yanjin County, Yiliang County, Yongshan County, and Zhenxiong County.
Tel Code: 0870