Yunnan province boasts the largest number of minority peoples in China, with 26 out of 52 people groups represented here. MSI’s current sites with long-term workers in Yunnan province are Kunming, Honghe and Liuku. Since 1996, MSI has partnered with provincial and county governments to place teams for medical, English, special education, rehabilitation and livestock work. Read more about our Yunnan sites tabularised on this page.

Honghe County (红河县), the poorest of the 13 counties that make up the Hani & Yi Autonomous Honghe Prefecture in Yunnan Province, consists of a wide range of geographical diversity. The altitude ranges from 250 – 2500m NN, and features a subtropical climate. About 75% of Honghe County’s 320,000 people are Hani, 15% are Yi, 5% Han, while smaller fractions are Dai and Yao. The Hani crafted the famous rice terraces (哈尼梯田).

Invited by the local County Hospital, MSI started medical training by placing the first long-term couple in 2013. Many short-term teams have also contributed to establishing that work.

Established around 2400 years ago, Kunming (KMG) is a famous historical and cultural city. Kunming’s mild climate has earned it the name ‘Eternal Spring City’. It boasts tourist sites like the world famous “Stone Forest”. Kunming is the transportation, economic, cultural, education and political centre for Yunnan. Kunming also serves as China’s gateway city to Southeast Asia and South Asia. Kunming’s Changshui International Airport is one of the largest in China, with flights to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Yunnan Chief Representative Office

MSI established a Chief Representative Office (CRO) in Kunming in 2000. The CRO functions as MSI’s strategic, administrative and financial nerve centre for all our work in Yunnan province. MSI was among the first batch of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to receive Government registration in Yunnan in 2010.

Nujiang is about 10 hour by coach to the west of Kunming. The main population consists of minority groups like Lisu, Bai, Nu and smaller groups like Dulong. Many of the young and middle aged residents speak Putonghua, but the elderly and villagers speak mainly minority dialects. The Nujiang River runs through the County, sometimes at an altitude of over 2,000 metres.

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