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Yuanmou County
Location in Yunnan
Location in Yunnan
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Autonomous prefectureChuxiong
 • Total2,021 km2 (780 sq mi)
 • Total210,000
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (CST)
Postal code
Area code(s)0878

Yuanmou County (simplified Chinese: 元谋; traditional Chinese: 元謀; pinyin: Yuánmóu Xiàn; Chuxiong Yi script:

, IPA: /pʻə3321 bu33/) is under the administration of the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, in the north of Yunnan province, China, bordering Sichuan province to the north.

The famous Yuanmou Man was found in Yuanmou County in 1965.

Administrative divisions

Yuanmou County has 3 towns and 7 townships.[1]

3 towns
7 townships
  • Laocheng (老城乡)
  • Wumao (物茂乡)
  • Jiangbian (江边乡)
  • Xinhua (新华乡)
  • Pingtian (平田乡)
  • Liangshan (凉山乡)
  • Jiangyi (姜驿乡)

Tourist Resources

Besides the big discovery of Yuanmou Man, Yuanmou County is also famous for its Tulin, which literally means earth forest.It is a natural landscape composed of earth columns or pillars forming like immense forest. The unique landscape was formed by geological movement and soil erosion one or two million years ago. It is named for its shape like immense forest and the main composition of the expansion is earth.There are three scenic areas, which are Wumao Earth Forest, Langbapu Earth Forest and Banguo Earth Forest. Wumao and Langbapu have been developed as scenic areas. Yuanmou Earth Forest has been more and more popular these years.[2]


  1. ^ "国家统计局" (in Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  2. ^ "Yuanmou Earth Forest" Accessed 2014-4-16

Coordinates: 25°43′04″N 101°51′40″E / 25.71778°N 101.86111°E / 25.71778; 101.86111