With an average elevation of around 2000 meters above sea level, Yunnan features huge differences in altitude: while Yunnan's north borders Tibet and the Eastern Himalayas (up to 6740 m), the subtropical landscapes of the south are not higher than 100 meters. As a plateau and mountainous province, Yunnan belongs to the southward extension part of the Tibetan Plateau.
A local saying goes Four seasons can be found along the same mountain slope and different weather conditions can be witnessed over a short distance of 10 li (about 5 km). The climate in Yunnan is vertically diversified and its unique and special topography provides the province with a rich variety of plants. No wonder, Yunnan is also called the Kingdom of Plants, Hometown of Spices, the Natural Garden or the Treasure-house of Medicinal Herbs.
Below a list of selected Yunnan cities with respective altitute in meters (A-Z):
|Baoshan||1653 m||Luxi||1704 m|
|Chuxiong||1772 m||Mengding||511 m|
|Dali||1990 m||Nujiang||1100 m|
|Dehong||1000 m||Pu’er||1302 m|
|Deqin||3485 m||Qujing||1898 m|
|Gongshan||1591 m||Ruili||776 m|
|Honghe||2000 m||Shangri-La||3276 m|
|Huaping||1244 m||Tengchong||1654 m|
|Huize||2109 m||Weixi||2325 m|
|Jingdong||1162 m||Wenshan||1590 m|
|Kunming||1891 m||Xishuangbanna||552 m|
|Lancang||1054 m||Yiliang||1532 m|
|Lijiang||2393 m||Yuanmou||1120 m|
|Lincang||1502 m||Yuxi||1636 m|
|Lushui||1804 m||Zhaotong||1949 m|
Every traveler to Yunnan shall be aware that altitude sickness can occur at some destinations. Lijiang, Shangri-La and Deqin, as popular visiting spots, shall specifically be mentioned. Wonders Of Yunnan Travel suggests starting a Yunnan Tour from a relatively low place and gradually 'climb up' for having enough time adapting to the higher altitudes.
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