Zhaotong City is situated in the northeast of Yunnan Province, sharing boundaries with Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. The city plays an important role in the economy and culture as the northern gate of the province.
Chinese Name: 昭通市 (zhāo tōng shì)
Area: 23,021 square kilometers (8,888 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Yi, Miao
Administrative Division: 1 district (Zhaoyang); 10 counties (Ludian, Qiaojia, Yanjin, Daguan, Yongshan, Suijiang, Zhenxiong, Yiliang, Weixin, Shuifu)
Seat of the City Government: 98, Chongyi Jie, Zhaoyang District, Zhaotong City ,Yunnan Province.
History of Zhaotong
Fossils discovered in the mountain caves indicate that human settlers began to move here one hundred thousand years ago, and many Neolithic relics have been discovered in the city. Before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) established Shu Shire here, it successively belonged to Liangzhou, and the Shu Kingdom. The Qin Court carved out the 'Wuchi Dao' here to connect the economic and cultural communication of Yunnan with Central China.
What to see in Zhaotong?
Located at the juncture of the Yunling Plateau and the Sichuan Basin, Zhaotong exhibits a typical mountainous landform, characterized by lofty mountains, deep valleys and great altitude differences.
Huanglianhe Scenic Area: It is located in Daguan County has a grand waterfall group hidden in the depths of the mountain valleys. Water curtains, caves and many other spectacles make this scenic area an attractive spot in Zhaotong.
Western Grand Canyon Hot Spring: It is located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Shuifu County of Yunan Province and about 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Yibin city of Sichuan Province. It is on the bank of the Jinsha River, only an hour's drive from Yibin of Sichuan. This picturesque ecological garden has many theme pools, such as vinegar hot spring, wine hot spring and herb hot spring that have different characteristics.
Local Highlights: Like many other cities in Yunnan, Zhaotong has a great number of ethnic minorities. Among the 520 thousand minority people, Yi and Miao ethnic minorities dominate. In addition to the traditional festival of Yi and Miao, unique local operas, music and dances are all common entertainments in the local people's daily life.
When to visit Zhaotong?
Zhaotong has a plateau monsoon climate. Due to the terrain, Zhaotong is sunny and warmer in the south region. The climate is capricious, ranging from the south's subtropical to the north's temperate. The temperature varies greatly in accordance with time and place. This is an all-year-round tourist destination due to favorable weather and no distinct seasons.
How to get to Zhaotong?
1. Zhaotong Airport lies in the east of the city proper on the south bank of the Jinsha River, operating flights to Kunming once a day.
2. Zhaotong's long-distance bus station lies at 144, Longquan Lu, Zhaoyang District. It costs six hours from the station to get to the capital city of Yunnan, Kunming.
3. Zhaotong has a passenger port in Shuifu County, operating ships directly to Chongqing, Shanghai and Wuhan.
Zhaotong Tarvel Tips
Special Local Products: apple, konjak, Kuding Tea (Bitter Tea)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0870-96927, 2124059
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 176, Qingnian Road,Zahotong City.
China Post: south section of Qingnian Raod,Zhaotong City