Qujing is a prefecture-level city in eastern Yunnan Province. It is an important industrial city, and is Yunnan's second largest city by population, after Kunming (nearly 6 million people). The famous destination Luoping is part of this prefecture.
Qujing is located about 130 kilometers east of Kunming and borders Guizhou for the biggest part. Like much of the central and eastern parts of the province, it is part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, Qujing has a mild subtropical highland climate, with short, mild, dry winters, and warm, rainy summers. Frost may occur in winter but the days still generally warm up to around 15 °C (59 °F). During summer, a majority of the days features some rainfall, and daytime temperatures rise to 25 °C (77 °F). A great majority of the year's rainfall occurs from June to October.
Qujing is linked to Kunming by the National Highway 320. Driving time is about three hours. The transportation system in Qujing is well developed. You can access almost every corner of the city by the Kun Qu Freeway. Buses to Kunming depart from Qujing Bus Station every half hour, the trip takes about three hours. The bus station also provides transportation to Honghezhou and other destinations around Qujing. Taxi and buses are available in Qujing.
Two train routes, Guizhou to Kunming and Nanning to Kunming, run through eight towns in Qujing each day. It takes between one and one and a half hour to get from Qujing to Kunming. There is a plan for a high speed train to run between Chengdu and Nanning by the year 2015, which will make the trip from Kunming to Qujing only 30 minutes long.
Tobacco, automobiles, power generation and chemical engineering are the main industries in Qujing.
The Qujing Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ) is a provincial development zone approved by Yunnan Provincial Government in August 1992. It is located in the east of urban Qujing, the second largest city in Yunnan in terms of economic strengths. The location of the development zone is the economic, political and cultural center of Qujing. As an agency under Qujing municipal Party committee and municipal government, the administrative commission of QETDZ functions as an economy supervising body at the prefecture level and an administration body at the county level.
Sites of interest
Jiulong Waterfall (Nine Dragons Waterfall) in Luoping County
Tiansheng Cave, formerly Xianren Dong (Fairy Cave, although some translate it as Celestial Being Cave)