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Gejiu

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' is a county-level city and the former capital of Honghe prefecture, Yunnan Province, China, and has 136,000 inhabitants . It is the site of the country's largest tin deposits and its main industry is mining.LocationGejiu is located on top of a mountain to the north of the Red River (pinyin Hong He) valley, which flows from Tibet to Vietnam. To the south-west in this valley is Nansha, which lies directly below the town of Yuanyang. To the north-west lies Jianshui, and to the north Jijie. Mengzi lies 12 miles to the East.LayoutThe town is located in a crater-like depression around a lake on top of a mountain. The main road enters the town from the north through a thin pass. To the east and west are steep cliffs. Those to the west are too steep to inhabit, however extensive new construction along the eastern side has created many new districts.HistoryOriginally a small mining settlement Gejiu was called Gejiuli. Under the Yuan (1206–1368) and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties the mining of silver was begun there.In the late 17th and 18th centuries, mining in Yunnan boomed, but tin mining in Gejiu did not develop until the second half of the 18th century.
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