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Population  5,459,000
Province  Yunnan
Area  23,192 km2

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Country  Peoples Republic of China
University  Zhaotong Teachers College

Map of Zhaotong

Zhaotong (Chinese: 昭通; pinyin: Zhāotōng) is a prefecture-level city located in the northeast corner of Yunnan province of Southwest China.


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Bird s eye view of zhaotong city yunnan china


Influenced by the low latitude and moderate elevation, Zhaotong has a temperate subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb), with cool, dry winters, and warm, humid summers. Temperatures frequently drop below freezing at night in winter, though the days warm up to around 10 °C (50 °F). Conversely, in summer, average highs rise to 25 °C (77 °F). A great majority of the year's rainfall occurs from May to September.


The prefecture, almost exclusively agricultural, is one of the poorest in China, which led the authorities to encourage young people to migrate to eastern and southern parts of China to find work. For the year 2003, the number of emigrants was 650,000.

The government wanted the number to increase by 50,000 in 2004.


It is the seat of the Latin Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of Zhaotong.


The main industries in the prefecture are mining, tobacco and cement manufacturing

Zhaotong has some of the largest Lignite sources in China.


  • Zhaotong Airport (ZAT), flight destination to Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Guiyang
  • Train service to Kunming, Chengdu, Guangzhou
  • Zhaotong is connected to the Chongqing-Kunming National Highway network.
  • China National Highway 213
  • G85 Yinchuan–Kunming Expressway
  • Zhaotong has several bridges over the Jinsha River, an upstream section of the Yangtze.


    Zhaotong Wikipedia

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