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thousand Yis live i▓n Longlin and Mubian counties in the Guangxi Zhuang Aut▓onomous Region.Most Yis are scattered in mountain areas, some in frigid mountain areas at high altitudes, and a small number live on flat land or in valleys. The altitudinal differences of the Yi areas direct▓ly affect their climate and precipitation. T▓heir striking differences have given rise to the old saying that "the weather is different a few miles away" in the Yi area. This is the prima▓ry reason why the Yis in various areas are so different from▓ one another in the ways they make a living.The Yi areas are rich in natu

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ral resources. The Jinsha River running through Sichuan and Yunnan and its tributaries surging through the Yi areas in northern and northeastern Yunnan are enormous sources of water power. The Yi areas are no

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t only rich ▓in coal and iron, but are also among China's major producers of non-ferrous metals. Gejiu, China's famous tin center, reared the first generation of Yi indus▓trial workers. Various Yi areas in the Greater and Lesser Liangshan Mountains, western Guizhou, and eastern and southern Yunnan abound in dozens of mineral resources, including gold, silver, aluminum, manganese, antimony and zinc. Vast forests stretch across the Yi areas, where Yunnan pine, masson pine, dragon spruce, Chinese pine and other timber trees, lacquer, tea, camphor, kapok and other trees of economic value grow in great numbers. The forests ▓teem with wild animals and plants as we▓ll as pilose antler, musk, be