Kunming Tangdian Industrial Zone and Kunming Jiaozi Mountain Tourism Development Zone
( chinadaily.com.cn )
Kunming Tangdian Industrial Zone and Kunming Jiaozi Mountain Tourism Development Zone (hereinafter referred to as “the two zones”) are located in north-central Yunnan province, bordering Dongchuan district to the east, the Xundian Hui and Yi autonomous county to the south, the Luquan Yi and Miao autonomous county to the west, and facing Huidong county in Sichuan across the Jinsha River to the north.
The two zones lie in the geographical center of northern Kunming, 120 kilometers away from downtown Kunming. With a total population of 220,300, the two zones cover an area of 1,837.54 square kilometers, 99 percent of which is mountainous area while 1 percent of which is basin. The two zones are home to many ethnic minorities, including the Yi ethnic minority, the Hui ethnic minority, the Miao ethnic minority, the Zhuang ethnic minority and the Bai ethnic minority. The population of these ethnic minorities accounts for 17 percent of the total population of the region.
The two zones feature complex terrain and varied landforms, with the highest point at 4,344.4 meters above sea level, and the lowest point at 735 meters above sea level. The two zones also boast abundant mineral resources, tourist resources, energy resources and biological resources. There is a large reserve of phosphorite ore, iron, lead and titanium. The reserves of phosphorite ore totals 1.58 billion tons, iron 102 million tons, lead 10 million tons, titanium 2.5 million tons, copper 400,000 tons, limestone 1.14 billion tons, quartz sand 70 million tons, and other mineral resources 69 million tons. In the two zones, visitors can see the famous Jiaozi Mountain and magnificent red terrain. With numerous rivers, the two zones have abundant water resources with a theoretical reserve of 650,000 kilowatt hours. Solar energy and wind energy resources are quite rich, the latter having a theoretical reserve of 500,000 kilowatt hours. With 57.9 percent of their land covered by forests, the two zones enjoy rich biological diversity and more than 1,000 kinds of wild herbal medicines. The major agricultural products here are flue-cured tobacco, matsutake, pine nuts, white kidney beans, corn, potatoes, rape, bananas, sugar cane, commercial pigs, black goats and cattle.