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Yunnan Map.jpgNujiang, also known as Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture, is located throughout southwest China's Yunnan Province. Nujiang is one of the rivers within the Three Rivers Natural Reserve, a world heritage site listed by UNESCO. Nujiang flows into Myanmar, where it joins the Salween River and ends its journey at the India Ocean. 

Nujiang Facts:

Full Name: Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture
Chinese Name: 怒江傈僳族自治州 (nù jiāng lì sù zú zì zhì zhōu)
Population: 470,000  
Area: 14,703 square kilometers (5,677 square miles) 
Nationalities: Lisu, Han 
Administrative Division: 2 counties (Lushui, Fugong); 2 autonomous counties (Gongshan Dulong and Nu Autonomous County, Lanping Bai and Primi Autonomous County)  
Seat of the Prefecture Government: Renmin Bei Lu, Liuku Town, Lushui County

History of Nujiang

Yunnan, especially the western part, is an important cultural source of ancient China, and Nujiang Prefecture was the hometown of many primitive tribes. Along with many regions in Yunnan, this area was brought under the administration of the central government in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), and was later governed by Nanzhao (738-937) and Dali (937-1253) states during the Tang and Song dynasties. Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Region was established in 1954 and changed to a prefecture three years later.

Geography of Nujiang

Location: Situated in the northwest of Yunnan Province, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture neighbors Lijiang City, Diqing and Dali prefectures in the east. It is also bordered by Tibet in the north and shares a boundary of nearly 450 kilometers (280 miles) with Burma in the west.  

Physical Features: Lying in the longitudinal valley area of Hengduan Mountains in western Yunnan, Nujiang is made up of lofty mountains and roaring rivers, with more than forty peaks in the prefecture over 4,000 (13,123) meters high. Its terrain generally slopes downward from north to south. Other than a small area of flat land on the fringe, Lancang and Dulong rivers, mountainous regions constitute the main part of the area.

What to see in Nujiang?

Nujiang is one of the rivers within the Three Rivers Natural Reserve, a world heritage site listed by UNESCO. It is located throughout southwest China's Yunnan Province and flows into Myanmar, where it joins the Salween River and ends its journey at the India Ocean. Nujiang Gorge running from northwest Yunnan to Tibet lies in a narrow strip of land bordering Myanmar, sandwiched to the west by Gaoligong Mountain range and the Biluo Mountain range on the east. It runs through one of China's remotest areas, with carved canyons running through it. However, due to its inaccessibility, the Nujiang River has never been a popular tourism destination. 

Nu RiverDulong GorgeBinzhongluo TOWN
          Nujiang Grand Canyon             Dulong Gorge               Binzhongluo Scenic Area
Zhiziluo 2.jpgLaomudeng VillageShiyueliang village
          Zhiziluo Village          Laomudeng Village               The Stone Moon

When to visit Nujiang?

Enjoying a plateau monsoon climate at low altitude, Nujiang is characterized by clear dry and wet seasons, great temperature difference between day and night and small temperature difference during the whole year. Due to the landform and altitude, it is colder in its northern part and warmer in the south. September is the best time to visit here, just after the rainy season. 

How to get to Nujiang?

There are three main routes to Nujiang. Visitors can take buses from Kunming directly to Liuku Town or Gongshan County of Nujiang. Regular buses are available from Kunming Passenger Transportation Bus Station at the south end of Beijing Lu, neighboring Nanyao Railway Station. Liuku is about 581 kilometers (361 miles) from Kunming. The whole journey takes 13 hours. 
Visitors can get to Baoshan and Dali by air first, and then change to buses to Liuku. Dali is about eight hours' drive to Liuku, and four hours from Baoshan.

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Nujiang Highlights: This area is the only autonomous prefecture for Lisu ethnic minority. Nu and Dulong are minority groups unique to this region. Lanping Bai and Primi Autonomous County is the main community of Primi. People of ethnic minorities still maintain their traditional culture and customs.   

Nujiang Special Products: braided rug of Dulong ethnic minority, sumac, herbs, marble

Nujiang Useful Telephone Numbers: 

Tourist Complaints: 0886-3624247 
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
China Post Nujiang Branch: Renmin Bei Lu, Liuku Town, Lushui County

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