Area: 28,904 square kilometers (11,160 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Yi, Miao
Administrative Division: 1district (Qilin); 7 counties (Malong, Zhanyi, Fuyuan, Luoping, Shizong, Luliang, Huize); 1 county-level city (Xuanwei)
Seat of the city government: No.78, Wenchang Street Qilin District, Qujing City
Bank of China w Branch: Qilin Road (East), Qilin District, Qujing City
China Post Qujing Branch: No.183, Qilin Road (South), Qilin District, Qujing City
Location: Located in eastern Yunnan Prov ince, Qujing is the headstream where the largest river in South China, the Pearl River initiates. It is bordered by Guizhou and Guangxi provinces in the east. The capital city of the province, Kunming lies about 130 kilometers (81 miles) west to it.
History: The Five-Chi Road (Wuchidao) in Qujing was the earliest pass opened during the Qin (221BC-206BC) and Han (206BC-220AD) dynasties to linking the transportation in and around Yunnan. By the western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), county has been established in this area. In the following five hundred years after the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316) set up prefecture to administrate the region, Qujing was always the political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan.
Physical Features: The terrain of Qujing is mainly made up of mountains, hills and plain or basins in plateau. Karst landform also has distribution in the city. Its overall terrain declines from northeast to southwest. Qijing has an average altitude of 2,000 meters (6,562 feet). The vertex of the city is the Guniu Stockade (Guniuzhai) in Huize County northwest of Qujing.
Climatic Features: Qujing enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate, and the weather of the city is temperate and pleasurable throughout the year. The average temperature in coldest January and hottest July are respectively 14 and 19 degree centigrade (57.2 and 66.2 degree Fahrenheit). Due to the high altitude, climatic types ranging from the lower subtropic to north temperate all can be found in the city.
When to Go: Thanks to the temperate weather, Qujing is an all-year-round destination. Notable is that March to October is the period in Yunnan celebrations and festivals of ethnic minorities are densely held, and it is also the pomp season of flowers and fruits. But May to October is the rainy season in Yunnan. Umbrella and warm clothes are the prime priorities.
Local Highlights: traditional festivals of the local ethnic minorities, such as the Torch Festival, folk song festival
Special Local Products: Xuanwei ham, dried beef, edible fungi
Luoping is a small county at the convergence of Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi. Flourishing ape flowers in vast rape fields are the most charming scene in Luoping. It is an ever ideal attraction for photographers. Usually, the Rape Flower Tourism Festival is held around February, 21st. Jinji Peak in northeast of Luoping County is recommended as the best perspective to catch the enthralling pictures of the rape flower field.
Jiulong (Nine Dragon) Waterfall is consisted of ten tiers of waterfalls in 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long reaches of the Jiulong River with a fall of more than a hundred meters (328 feet) in total. It ranks among the six most beautiful waterfalls in China and is reputed as the most spectacular waterfall group as well.
Other Scenic Spots: Duoyi River, Lubuge Mini Three Gorges
Universities in Qujing
Qujing Normal University