Chuxiong City is a county-level city and capital seat of the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan.
Chuxiong is about 130 km west of Yunnan's capital city of Kunming. Chuxiong City is nestled between mountain ranges on all sides in a plateau region at roughly 1800 meters. Chuxiong City has a population of 130,000 inhabitants, and the entire Chuxiong Prefecture has an estimated 2,5 milion inhabitants.
Chuxiong is the first stop from Kunming on the way to Dali and Lijiang. Dali is 180 km northwest of Chuxiong, or about a 2.5 hour drive on GZ65. Lijiang is about 6 hours from Chuxiong, and Lugu Lake is about 11 hours north, on the Sichuan border.
Chuxiong City has a humid subtropical climate bordering on a subtropical highland climate, with a June average of 21.4 °C (70.5 °F). Mild weather dominates year-round, though the summer months can be very humid. The annual precipitation of 860 millimetres (33.9 in) falls almost entirely from May to October.
Yi Ren Gu Zhen ("Ancient Town of the Yi People") is an ancient town and tourist attraction. There is nightly dancing and music with the Yi People (who are one of China's 55 ethnic minorities). The Yi people's authentic, hand-made garb can be purchased in this community, along with many other hand-made items.
The Xin Long Jiang Guang Chang Mall was built in 2007 and is a sign of the prosperity of the city due to its central location between three major tourist attractions in Yunnan (Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang).