220 kilometers south of Kunming,
is a state historic and cultural city. The climatic condition
here is pleasant, neither hot in summer nor cold in winter.
Moreover, it is one of the earliest developed cities in south
Yunnan that enjoys the fame of
being an ancient cultural city and important gateway. Since
the Yuan Dynasty, it was the political, cultural and communication
center in south Yunnan. Jianshui got the name because the
basin was flooded every summer and autumn. In Mandarin, it
was called Jianshui. From the establishment of the city in
the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) to now, Jianshui County has had
a history of over 1,180 years. It is one of the areas that
have been deeply influenced by the Central Plains culture.
The long history of Jianshui has produced its splendid culture.
Due to its early development, Jianshui produced thousands
of scholars. Moreover, with the influence of the grand Jianshui
Confucius Temple, it was rightfully called "the Cultural City"
since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The age-old history, splendid culture
and glorious tradition have produced many historic sites
in Jianshui. With more than 100 ancient temples, 50
ancient bridges and 56 state-protection cultural relics,
Jianshui enjoys the fame "the Museum of Ancient
Constructions", which highlights the ancient Chinese
culture and art. Jianshui is also rich in natural resources,
including manganese, iron, lead -zinc, copper and others.
The reserve of discharge manganese accounts for one-third
of the national total. Besides, Jianshui is devoted
to developing local handicrafts, among which Jianshui
earthenware is the most well known as it is one of the
four celebrated potteries in China.