Shiping County

Shiping County

Shiping is located in Yunnan
Location of the seat in Yunnan
Coordinates: 23°42′22″N102°29′38″E / 23.706°N 102.494°E / 23.706; 102.494Coordinates: 23°42′22″N102°29′38″E / 23.706°N 102.494°E / 23.706; 102.494
Country People's Republic of China
Province Yunnan
Autonomous prefecture Honghe
 • Total 3,090 km2 (1,190 sq mi)
 • Total 290,000
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (CST)
Postal code
Area code(s) 0873

Shiping County (Chinese: 石屏县; pinyin: Shípíng Xiàn) is a county in the Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture in the southern part of the Yunnan province, China. It is located about 240 km (150 mi) from Kunming, the provincial capital. The county has a population of approximately 280,000 and its area is 3,037 km2 (1,173 sq mi).

Notable sights [ edit ]

The county features many gardens and colorful murals. Yilong Lake, a large fresh water lake with a surface area of 32 square km, is particularly notable for its scenery, including the colorful lotus flowers that bloom on its surface. It is located about 2 km (1.2 mi) east of the county seat.

The Xiushan Temple is located southwest of the county seat. It was constructed during the Tang Dynasty and renamed Xiushan Temple during the Ming Dynasty.

Ethnic groups [ edit ]

Shiping County has the following ethnic groups (Shiping County Almanac 1990:655-669).[full citation needed]

Culture [ edit ]

The county is known throughout China for its traditional dances and songs. The Yi people of Shiping County who live near Yilong Lake perform a form of traditional music called hǎicài qiāng (海菜腔; 'sea grass melody').[1]

Cuisine [ edit ]

Among the county's culinary specialties is Shípíng dòufu (石屏豆腐). Agricultural products include fruits such as oranges and yangmei (Myrica rubra).

Notable residents [ edit ]

The Qing Dynasty scholar and civil servant Yuan Jiagu (袁嘉谷; 1872-1937) lived in Shiping County, and his home was named on November 16, 1993, for preservation as a “provincial level cultural relic”.

Climate [ edit ]

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