Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture
凉山州 · ꆃꎭ
凉山彝族自治州 · ꆃꎭꆈꌠꊨꏦꏱꅉꍏLiangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||60,423 km2 (23,329 sq mi)|
|• Density||75/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture|
|Commonly abbreviated as "Liangshan Prefecture"|
Romanisation: niep sha nuo su zyt jie jux dde zho
Liangshan (Chinese: 凉山; Yi: ꆃꎭ Niep Sha, pronounced [nɛ̀ʂā]), officially the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, is an autonomous prefecture occupying much of the southern extremity of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China; its seat is Xichang. Liangshan has an area of 60,423 km2 (23,329 sq mi) and over 4.5 million inhabitants (2010). It is also has the largest population of ethnic Yi nationally.[clarification needed]
Yi people came into Chinese and western history books as "罗罗" (Lolo) and "夷" in the beginning. After the Chinese Communist Party came into power in mainland China, the government changed the name from "罗罗" to "彝" since the old name was widely regarded as derogatory.
The appellations of Lolo, Lolopu, etc. are related to the Yi people’s worship of the tiger, as “lo” in their dialects means "tiger". "Lo" is also the basis for the Chinese exonym Luóluó 猓猓, 倮倮, or 罗罗. The original character 猓, with the "dog radical" 犭and a guǒ 果 phonetic, was considered condescending, comparable to the Chinese name guǒran 猓然 "a long-tailed ape".
Languages reforms in the People’s Republic of China replaced the 猓 character in Luóluó twice: first by Luó 倮, with the "human radical" 亻and the same phonetic, but that was a graphic variant for luǒ 裸 "naked"; and later by Luó 罗 "net for catching birds". However, the stigma remained and resulted in negative remarks when people of the prefecture visited other cities. So the government changed the name of the prefecture.
Terrain and climate
Owing to its low latitude and high elevation, Liangshan has a mild climate. Under the Köppen system, the prefecture belongs to the humid subtropical zone (Köppen Cwa). Winters feature mild days and cool nights, while summers are very warm and humid. Monthly daily mean temperatures range from 9.6 °C (49.3 °F) in January to 22.3 °C (72.1 °F) in July. Unlike much of the province, which lies in the Sichuan Basin, humidity levels in winter are rather low, but like the rest of the province, rainfall is concentrated in the months of June through September, and the prefecture is virtually rainless in winter.
|1||Xichang City||西昌市||Xīchāng Shì||ꀒꎂꏃ||580,000||2,655||218|
|2||Yanyuan County||盐源县||Yányuán Xiàn||ꋂꂿꑤ||330,000||8,388||39|
|3||Dechang County||德昌县||Déchāng Xiàn||ꄓꍣꑤ||190,000||2,284||83|
|4||Huili County||会理县||Huìlǐ Xiàn||ꑌꄷꑤ||440,000||4,527||97|
|5||Huidong County||会东县||Huìdōng Xiàn||ꉼꄏꑤ||370,000||3,227||115|
|6||Ningnan County||宁南县||Níngnán Xiàn||ꆀꆆꑤ||180,000||1,667||108|
|7||Puge County||普格县||Pǔgé Xiàn||ꁌꐭꑤ||140,000||1,905||73|
|8||Butuo County||布拖县||Bùtuō Xiàn||ꀭꄮꑤ||140,000||1,685||83|
|9||Jinyang County||金阳县||Jīnyáng Xiàn||ꏁꇉꑤ||150,000||1,587||95|
|10||Zhaojue County||昭觉县||Zhāojué Xiàn||ꏪꐦꑤ||230,000||2,699||85|
|11||Xide County||喜德县||Xǐdé Xiàn||ꑝꅇꑤ||150,000||2,206||68|
|12||Mianning County||冕宁县||Miǎnníng Xiàn||ꍿꆈꑤ||340,000||4,423||77|
|13||Yuexi County||越西县||Yuèxī Xiàn||ꃺꄧꑤ||270,000||2,257||120|
|14||Ganluo County||甘洛县||Gānluò Xiàn||ꇤꇉꑤ||190,000||2,156||88|
|15||Meigu County||美姑县||Měigū Xiàn||ꂿꈬꑤ||190,000||2,573||74|
|16||Leibo County||雷波县||Léibō Xiàn||ꃀꁧꑤ||240,000||2,932||82|
|17||Muli Tibetan Autonomous County||木里藏族
Ethnic groups in Liangshan, 2010 census
|Tibetan||60,679 (2000)||1.49% (2000)|
|Mosuo and Mongol||27,277 (2000)||0.67% (2000)|
|Hui||18,385 (2000)||0.45% (2000)|
|Lisu||9,121 (2000)||0.22% (2000)|
|Buyei||5,459 (2000)||0.13% (2000)|
|Nakhi||5,199 (2000)||0.13% (2000)|
- Ramsey, Robert S. (1987). The Languages of China, p. 160. Princeton University Press.