Dêqên County

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Dêqên County
County
Tibetan transcription(s)
 • Tibetan script བདེ་ཆེན་རྫོང་
 • Wylie dge chen rdzong
 • Tibetan pinyin Dêqên Zong
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Simplified Chinese 德钦县
 • Traditional Chinese 德欽縣
 • Pinyin Déqīn Xiàn
De Qin.jpg
Location of Dêqên County (pink) within Diqing Prefecture (yellow) and Yunnan
Location of Dêqên County (pink) within Diqing Prefecture (yellow) and Yunnan
Dêqên is located in Yunnan
Dêqên
Dêqên
Location in Yunnan
Coordinates: 28°12′N 98°59′E / 28.200°N 98.983°E / 28.200; 98.983
Country People's Republic of China
Province Yunnan
Prefecture Diqing
Area
 • Total 7,596 km2 (2,933 sq mi)
Elevation 3,300 m (10,800 ft)
Population
 • Total 62,400
 • Density 8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 674500
Area code(s) 0887
Website deqin.gov.cn

Dêqên County (Standard Tibetan: བདེ་ཆེན་རྫོང་), or Deqin County (Chinese: 德钦县), is under the administration of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, located in the northwest of Yunnan province, China.

Geography and climate[edit]

Dêqên occupies the northwest corner of Diqing Prefecture, and in latitude has a range of 27° 33'−29° 15' N and in longitude has a range of 98° 36'−99° 33' E, covering an area of 7,596 square kilometres (2,933 sq mi),[1] bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region to the northwest and Sichuan to the northeast. It is located in the central part of the Hengduan Mountains, and contains the valleys of the Salween, Mekong, and Jinsha Rivers.

Being located at an altitude of 3,300 metres (10,800 ft), Dêqên lies in the transition between a subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) and humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), which is remarkable for its latitude. Although mean maximum temperatures, as in Lhasa and Shigatse, stay above freezing year-round, minima are below freezing from November to March, and temperatures average −2.1 °C (28.2 °F) in January, 12.7 °C (54.9 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 5.65 °C (42.2 °F). The town is nonetheless a little warmer during the winter than Shangri-La County to the east despite being slightly higher in elevation, due to its more southerly aspect. Rainfall is concentrated between June and September, accounting for nearly 60% of the annual total of 622 mm (24.5 in); snowfall is rare but still causes major transport problems in the winter. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 29% in July to 62% in December, the county seat receives 1,989 hours of bright sunshine annually, with autumn and winter sunnier than spring and summer.

Climate data for Dêqên County (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
4.5
(40.1)
6.8
(44.2)
10.1
(50.2)
15.0
(59)
17.9
(64.2)
18.1
(64.6)
17.7
(63.9)
15.9
(60.6)
12.8
(55)
8.8
(47.8)
5.6
(42.1)
11.4
(52.6)
Average low °C (°F) −6.2
(20.8)
−5
(23)
−2.4
(27.7)
0.6
(33.1)
4.7
(40.5)
8.6
(47.5)
9.6
(49.3)
9.4
(48.9)
7.7
(45.9)
3.3
(37.9)
−1.6
(29.1)
−5
(23)
2.0
(35.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 8.8
(0.346)
19.0
(0.748)
52.3
(2.059)
56.8
(2.236)
47.0
(1.85)
60.8
(2.394)
118.5
(4.665)
112.2
(4.417)
73.1
(2.878)
46.9
(1.846)
19.8
(0.78)
6.9
(0.272)
622.1
(24.491)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 6.5 10.2 14.4 13.4 12.4 15.5 21.6 20.7 15.9 9.1 5.3 3.6 148.6
 % humidity 57 65 72 73 70 77 83 83 82 74 62 54 71.0
Mean monthly sunshine hours 191.1 159.6 168.2 161.0 190.9 157.9 125.1 133.5 133.4 179.1 191.2 198.3 1,989.3
Percent possible sunshine 59 51 45 42 46 38 29 33 36 50 60 62 45
Source: China Meteorological Administration

Transportation[edit]

Deqin can be reached by many daily buses traveling North from Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Zhongdian - Deqin.

The route is a very scenic and most of it is a newly built highway apart from the Zhongdian to Deqin section which is a winding mountain road through the scenic North Yunnan/Tibetan mountains.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "德钦城市介绍" (in Simplified Chinese). Weather China. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 

Coordinates: 28°12′N 98°59′E / 28.200°N 98.983°E / 28.200; 98.983