and county offices set up by the Qing court.

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: 6.57 millionMajor area of distribution: Sichuan,▓ Yunnan, Guizhou and GuangxiLanguage:▓ YiReligion: PolytheismThe Yi ethnic group, with a population of 6,578,500, is mainly dis▓tributed

he 16th century, lar

over the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and G▓uizhou, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomou▓s Region. There are more than one million Yis in Sichuan Province, and most of them live in an area

ge numbers▓ of

south of the Dadu River and along th▓e Anning River. Traditionally, this area is subdivid▓ed into the Greater Liangshan Mountain area, which lies ea▓st of the Anning River and south of the

Jingpo people mo

Huangmao Dyke, and the Lesser Liangshan Mountain area, which ▓covers the Jinsha River valley and the south bank of the Dadu River. There are over a millio▓n Yis in the Liangshan Yi Auton

ved to the Dehon

omous Prefecture, which holds the single largest Yi community in China. Yunnan Province has more than three million Yis, most of whom are concentrated in an area hemmed in by the Jinsh

a and Yuanj▓iang rivers

  • , and the Ailao and Wuliang mounta▓ins. Huaping, Ninglang and Yongsheng in western Yunnan form what is known as the Yunnan Lesser▓ Liangshan Mountain area. In Guizhou, more than half a mill▓ion Yis live in compact

    • d Dais, who
  • communities in Anshun and Bijie. Several thousand Yis live in Longlin and Mu▓bian counties in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.Most Yis are scattered in mountain areas, some in frigid mountain areas at high

    • had advanc
  • altitudes, and a small number live on flat lan▓d or in valleys. The altitudinal differences of the▓ Yi areas directly affect their climate and precipitation▓. Their striking differences have given rise▓ to the

    • ed product

ion skills and practiced a feudal econom

old saying that "the weather is different a few miles away" in the Yi area. This is the primary reason w▓hy the Yis in various areas are so different from one another in the ways they make a living.Th

os began to use iron tools includ▓ing

e Yi areas ar▓e rich in natural resources. The Jinsha River running through Sichuan and Yunnan and its tributaries surging through the Yi areas ▓in nort

  • hern and northeastern Yunnan are enormous sources of water power. The Yi areas are not on▓ly rich in coal and iron, but are also among China's major producers of non-ferrous metals▓. Gej

    

    , China's famous tin center, reared the firs

    t generation of Yi industrial workers. Various Yi areas in the Greater and Lesser Liangshan Mountains, western Guizhou, and eastern a▓nd southern Yunnan abound in dozens of ▓mineral re

    d

    urces, including gold, silv▓er, aluminum, m

    anganese, 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, camp▓hor, kapok

    nd

    d other trees of economic value grow in gr

  • eat numbers. The forests teem with wild animals and plants as well as pilose ▓antler, musk, bear gallbladders and me▓dicinal herbs such as poris cocos and pseudoginseng.Pork contaminatio

    b

    spreads to Northern Irel▓andS. Korea cabine

    t offers resignation over U.S. beef rowSEOUL, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The entir▓e South Korean cabinet Tuesday offere▓d its resignation to President Lee Myung-Bak over U.S. beef dispute, Yon

    ha

    p lis agency reported. The resignation of

    fer came as a record 1 ▓million people are expected to hold street ralli▓es nationwide Tuesday night in protest ▓against the Lee administration's U.S. beef import deal and other reform po

    New

    cies. Prime Minister Han Seung-soo tendere

the ploug

h, and later learned to grow rice in paddy f

d his and the cabinet's resignations over a weekly cabinet meeting to take responsibility for the intensifying political turmoi▓l triggered by the government decision in mid-April to unconditionally lift a b

s learning proce

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