Shiping County

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Shiping County
Country China
Province Yunnan
Prefecture Honghe
Area
 • Total 3,090 km2 (1,190 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 290,000
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Postal code 662200
Area code(s) 0873
Website http://www.yn.xinhuanet.com/nets/shp/index.htm
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Shiping County (; pinyin: Shípíng Xiàn) is a county, in the Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture in the southern part of the Yunnan province of China. It is located about 240 km from Kunming, the provincial capital. The county has a population of approximately 280,000 and its area is 3,037 km².

Notable sights[edit]

The county features many gardens and colorful murals. Yilong Lake, a large fresh water lake with a surface area of 32 square km, is particularly notable for its scenery, including the colorful lotus flowers that bloom on its surface. It is located about 2 km east of the county seat.

The Xiushan Temple is located southwest of the county seat. It was constructed during the Tang Dynasty and renamed Xiushan Temple during the Ming Dynasty.

Culture[edit]

The county is known throughout China for its traditional dances and songs. The Yi people of Shiping County who live near Yilong Lake perform a form of traditional music called haicai qiang (海菜腔; "sea grass melody").[1]

Cuisine[edit]

Among the county's culinary specialties is Shiping doufu (石屏豆腐). Agricultural products include fruits such as oranges and yangmei (Myrica rubra).

Notable residents[edit]

The Qing Dynasty scholar and civil servant Yuan Jiagu (; 1872-1937) formerly lived in Shiping County, and his home was named on November 16, 1993, for preservation as a “provincial level cultural relic”.

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Coordinates: 23°44′01″N 102°26′41″E / 23.73361°N 102.44472°E / 23.73361; 102.44472