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e on flat land or in valleys. The altitudinal differences of the Yi areas directly affect their cl▓imate and precipitation. Their striking diff▓erences have given rise to the old saying that "the wea▓ther is different a few miles away" in the Yi area. This is the primary reason why

Sichuan, Yunn

the Yis in various areas are so differen▓t from one another in the ways they make a living.The Y▓i areas are rich in natural resources. The Jinsha River running through Sichuan and Yunnan and its tributaries surging through the Yi areas in northern and northeastern Yun▓nan are e

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normous sources of water p▓ower. The Yi areas are not only rich in coal and iron, but are also among China's major producers of non-ferr▓ous metals. Gejiu, China's famous tin center, reared the first generation of Yi industrial workers. Various Yi areas in the Greater and Lesser Li