From the Yuanmou Earth Forest to the dinosaur bones of Lufeng, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture is steeped in a history that stretches back millions of years. The fossilised remains of the Yuanmou Man, an ape-like human ancestor that lived over 1.7 million years ago, were discovered here in 1965 and evidence of human activity predating the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.) has been found throughout the prefecture.
The complex and diverse geographical environment has created a variety of natural landscapes such as terraced fields.
The Yi or Nuosuo people (historically known as Lolo) are an ethnic group in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Half of the Yi people in China can be found in the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.
The Yi ethnic group is famous for its colourful clothes with various patterns of embroidery and decorations.
The Torch Festival is an important event to the Yi people like the Spring Festival to the Han people. For 3 days, men and women, young and old, carry flaming torches and engage in a variety of activities. This time is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet prospective spouses.
Extensive historical data prove that the Yi language which is still in use today is the oldest language known to mankind. The later Oracle, Sumerian and Maya were developed based on the Yi language.
Waterfalls, rocks and ancient trees constitute the beautiful natural scenery in the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture. Calm water and rapids can both be found.
For people traveling to lufeng, Lufeng Dinosaur Museum is a must-see spot on their plan. Lufeng is so diverse that it caters to every tourist’s needs.
Yuanmou Earth Forest is a wonderland area of clay formations which developed in the past 1.5 million years. This scenic area is located 210 km northwest of Kunming. Every visitor will be bewitched by the spectacular clay formations, which project from the ground abruptly and glisten like yellow crystals.
History, splendid culture and lives are everlasting in this place.