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Yunnanyi Village: the first place called "Yunnan"

By : InKunming | Published: 2014-March-27

Picture shows the beautiful sunset of Yunnanyi Village(云南驿村), the first place that was named with "Yunnan" in history. [yunnan.cn]

[InKunming--Travel Culture--Attractions]  With profound historic and cultural background, Yunnanyi Village deserves its crown of Chinese Traditional Village.

The village was firstly included into the territory of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 24) as the capital of Yunnan County in 109 B.C. From then on, "Yunnan" has been officially used as the name of the province.

"Yi" literally means courier stations in Chinese. In accord with its name, Yunnanyi Village was an important courier station on the Horse and Tea Trading Route. The village reached its prosperity in Ming(1368 A.D.-1644 A.D.) and Qing(1636 A.D.- 1912A.D.) Dynasties.

During the World War II(1939 A.D.-1945 A.D.), Yunnanyi Village was a significant military base of the Sino-Myanmar battlefield, as well as a crucial air transport hub in the famous Hump Flight Course. At that time, the busy village was crowned as "Miniature of Hong Kong".

Up to today, flight runway built 60 years ago is still well-reserved at Yunnanyi Airport. And a 1.8-meter-long stone pathway and some traditional dwellings along roadsides also remain through the change of time.

It is said that local government is to integrate the village's historic and cultural advantages, so as to design Yunnanyi Village into a tourist-friendly destination in the future.

Location: Yunnanyi Village of Yunnanyi Town, Xiangyun County(祥云县), Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province.

Climate: the average temperature annually is 15.2 degrees Celsius and its annual rainfall is 705.6 mm.

Route: drive via Chuxiong-Dali Expressway from Kunming, then drive into No.320 National Highway in the Xiazhuang Expressway Exit(下庄出口) and keep driving for about 10 kilometers, you’ll get there.

Tavel Tips: there are a lot of hotels and restaurants distributing along the No.320 National Highway. Admission fee to visit the Yunnanyi Historic and Cultural Tourist Area is 40 yuan.

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