Yunnan was territory of State Dian in ancient times. It came to be known as Nanzhao in the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907 and Dali in the Song Dynasty from 960 to 1279. Yunnan Xingzhong Administration was established in the region in the Yuan Dynasty from 1271 to 1368. This Province was formally proclaimed here in the Qing Dynasty from 1644 to 1911, which has remained unchanged until now.
It 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 altitude can vary from the mountain peaks to river valleys as much as 3,000 metres
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