by Wesley Kawato
Records about the Yi date back to about 100 B.C. Chinese historians mention that the Yi lived in what is now Yunnan Province. Around 700 A.D. the Yi unified to form the Kingdom of Nanzhao. This ancient kingdom grew rich by controlling the region’s tea and gem trade routes. After the collapse of Nanzhao, the Kingdom of Dali was formed, but it didn’t last long.
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