Yunnan ( literally means "South of the Clouds" ) is a province in most southwestern China, sharing a border of 4,060 km(2,523 mi) with Burma in the west, Laos in the south, and Vietnam in the southeast as well as the Chinese provinces and regions of Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Tibet. From snow-capped mountains to true tropical environments, the average altitude of Yunnan is 1,980 m(6,496 ft). The mountains are highest in the Northwest where they reach more than 5,000 m (16,404 ft). The highest point in the Northwest is the Kawagebo Peak(main peak of the Meili Snow Mountain) in Deqin County, which is about 6,740 m(22,113 ft) high; and the lowest is in the Honghe River Valley in Hekou County, with an elevation of 76.4 m(251 ft). Due to the wide different on geography in such a short distance about 850 km (528 mi) from east to west, a wide range of flora and fauna can be found in this area, therefore the province has been called a natural zoological and botanical garden.
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