Yunnan Geography

      Yunnan is a boarder province of China. It contains more variety than any other province, with towering, icy mountains adjoining Tibet and Burma in the northwest and west and lush tropical jungles bordering Laos and Vietnam in the south where wild elephants still roam. Yunnan is a part of the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau where the average elevation is 2,000 meters above sea level. From north to south, the height gradually drops from 6,700 meters at the peak of Meili Snow Mountain to 76 meters in the south close to Vietnam.
      Yunnan is the source of the Mekong River. It is planned to open the river for navigation sometime in the future. If this should happen cruise boats will arrive in Yunnan from ports on the Mekong River in Viet Nam, Laos and Kampuchea.

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