Yunnan province, China's largest cigarette maker located in southwestern China, has depended on tobacco to drive economy growth. Iron and steel production, copper-smelting, and commercial vehicle production are some of Yunnan's main manufacturing industries. Yunnan also has significant zinc, lead, and copper reserves. With the imposition of tougher smoking regulations, Yunnan's tobacco growth in stalling, as is its GDP growth; as a result, there is impetus for the province to find a new economic driver.


Like in many other provinces, there are plans to expand railway and expressway coverage across the province. Additionally, the government has plans to expand transportation linkages along the Mekong River, further developing tourism and opening up the province to its southern neighbours as well as making Yunnan a strategically important point.


Yunnan's GDP grew 13% to RMB1.03 trillion in 2012.


Yunnan Quick Facts
  • Area
    394,100 km2
  • Population:
  • Population density:
    112 people/km2
  • Gross domestic product:
    722.4 billion RMB
  • GDP per capita:
    15752 RMB
  • GDP growth:
  • Fixed Asset Investment:
    552.9 billion RMB
  • Utilized Foreign Direct Investment:
    1.33 billion US$
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Top 5 Yunnan Companies
    • Yunnan Baiyao Group Co (SHE: 000538): China’s largest TCM drug maker.
    • Yunnan Copper Co (SHE: 000878): a producer and distributor of copper concentrates, precious metals and chemical products.
    • Yunnan Chihong Zinc & Germanium Co (SHA: 600497): a nonferrous metal miner and smelter.
    • The Pacific Securities Co (SHA: 601099): offers services in securities brokering, investment banking and securities underwriting.
    • Yunnan Tin Co (SHE: 000960): a miner and processor of tin and other non-ferrous metals.

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Yunnan Economic and Technological Development Zones

    Kunming Economic and Technology Development Zone
    Kunming New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
    Kunming Dianchi Tourism & Vacation Zone
    Kunming Airport Economic Zone
    Ruili Border Trade Economic Cooperation Zone
    Wanding Border Trade Economic Cooperation Zone
    Qujing Economic and Technology Development Zone
    Yuxi Economic and Technological Development Zone
    Dali Economic and Technological Development Zone
    Chuxiong Economic and Technological Development Zone
    Songming Yanglin Experimental Zone for County & Township Industries
    Hekou Boundary Economic Cooperation Zone
    Jiegao Border Trade Economic Zone
    Lijiang Yulong Snow Mountain Tourism Zone
    Cangshan Mountain & Erhai Lake Tourism and Vacation Zone at Dali
    Xishuangbanna Tourism and Vacation Zone
    Tengchong Tourism and Vacation Zone
    Yangzonghai Lake Tourism and Vacation Zone
    Fuxian Lake Tourism and Vacation Zone

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