Investing in Yunnan

Yunnan is a south-western province known for its numerous waterways that provide hydroelectric power. Besides, Yunnan province’s industrial production is strongly linked to natural resources, tobacco and paper processing, and the steel sector. Kunming is the capital and the largest city of Yunnan province. With a population of 47.2 inhabitants covering a total surface area of 394,000 km2 alongside the rainforest of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province is one of the largest forests in Asia.


Local authority data shows that Yunnan Province recorded total exports of USD 15 billion and total imports of USD 19 billion, with 4,343 established foreign investment companies. In addition to an average urban salary of USD 11,440.


In terms of GDP among the provinces in China, Yunnan ranked 18th, reaching USD 355 billion in 2020 and USD 334 billion in 2019 with a GDP per capita of USD 7,314. Along with GDP growth of +8.1% in 2019 and +4.0% in 2020.


Main Economic Centers (GDP) in Yunnan

  • Kunming (USD 98 billion)

  • Qujing (USD 43 billion)

  • Honghe (USD 35 billion)

  • Wuxi (USD 30 billion)

  • Dali (USD 22 billion)


Main Sectors in Yunnan

  • Raw materials

  • Steel industry

  • Tobacco

  • Tourism


Main Industrial Areas in Yunnan

  • Yunnan Pilot Free Trade Zone

  • Kunming Economic and Technological Development Zone

  • Qujing Economic and Technological Development Zone

  • Songming Yanglin Economic and Technological Development Zone

  • Mengzi Economic and Technological Development Zone

  • Dali Economic and Technological Development Zone

  • Kunming High-tech Industrial Development Zone

  • Yuxi High-tech Industrial Development Zone

  • Kunming Comprehensive Bonded Zone

  • Honghe Comprehensive Bonded Zone

  • Kunming Dianchi National Tourism Resort


(Yunnan) Pilot Free Trade Zone

Established in 2019 and known as the connection area with South and South-east Asia. Focused on connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia and develop an open frontier for South Asia and Southeast Asia through cooperation with neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar.


The target industries are high-end manufacturing, aviation logistics, digital, and logistics center for South and South-east Asia, cross border commerce, and finance. Besides, the functional areas include the Kunming area (76 sq. km), Honghe area (14.1 sq. km), and Dehong area (29.7 sq. km).



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