Pingliang

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Pingliang
平凉市
Prefecture-level city
Location of Pingliang City jurisdiction in Gansu
Location of Pingliang City jurisdiction in Gansu
Coordinates: 35°32′N 106°41′E / 35.533°N 106.683°E / 35.533; 106.683Coordinates: 35°32′N 106°41′E / 35.533°N 106.683°E / 35.533; 106.683
Country People's Republic of China
Province Gansu
Municipal seat Kongtong District
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 11,196.71 km2 (4,323.07 sq mi)
Elevation 1,398 m (4,587 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city 2,068,033
 • Density 180/km2 (480/sq mi)
 • Metro 110,483
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 744000
Area code(s) 0933
Licence plate prefixes L
Website pingliang.gov.cn

Pingliang (simplified Chinese: 平凉; traditional Chinese: 平涼; pinyin: Píngliàng; literally: "flat cool") is a prefecture-level city in eastern Gansu province, People's Republic of China, bordering Shaanxi province to the south and east and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to the north. Pingliang is well known for the nearby Kongtong Mountains, which are sacred to Taoism and location of the mythical meeting place of the Yellow Emperor and Guangchengzi, an immortal.

List of divisions[edit]

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Pingliang mcp.png
# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2004 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Kongtong District 崆峒区 Kōngtóng Qū 480,000 1,936 248
2 Jingchuan County 泾川县 Jīngchuān Xiàn 330,000 1,486 222
3 Lingtai County 灵台县 Língtái Xiàn 230,000 2,038 113
4 Chongxin County 崇信县 Chóngxìn Xiàn 90,000 850 106
5 Huating County 华亭县 Huátíng Xiàn 170,000 1,266 134
6 Zhuanglang County 庄浪县 Zhuānglàng Xiàn 420,000 1,556 270
7 Jingning County 静宁县 Jìngníng Xiàn 470,000 2,193 214

Geography[edit]

Pingliang ranges in latitude from 34° 54' to 35° 46' N and in longitude from 105° 20' to 107° 51' E. Bordering prefecture-level cities are Xianyang (Shaanxi) to the east, Baoji (Shaanxi) and Tianshui to the south, Dingxi and Baiyin to the west, and Guyuan (Ningxia) and Qingyang to the north. It is located on the Loess Plateau with elevations ranging from 890 to 2,957 metres (2,920 to 9,701 ft); the city proper itself is at an altitude of around 1,400 m (4,590 ft).

Due to its altitude of around 1,400 m (4,590 ft), Pingliang has a monsoon-influenced, four-season, humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), with cold but dry winters, and warm and humid summers. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −4.6 °C (23.7 °F) in January to 21.1 °C (70.0 °F) in July. Much of the annual rainfall occurs from June to September, and the annual mean temperature is 8.84 °C (47.9 °F). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 46% in September to 65% in December, the city receives 2,381 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Climate data for Pingliang (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.1
(35.8)
4.5
(40.1)
10.0
(50)
17.5
(63.5)
22.0
(71.6)
25.6
(78.1)
27.2
(81)
25.8
(78.4)
20.7
(69.3)
15.0
(59)
8.9
(48)
3.7
(38.7)
15.3
(59.5)
Average low °C (°F) −9.4
(15.1)
−6.4
(20.5)
−1.1
(30)
4.4
(39.9)
8.9
(48)
12.8
(55)
15.7
(60.3)
15.1
(59.2)
10.3
(50.5)
4.2
(39.6)
−2.3
(27.9)
−7.5
(18.5)
3.7
(38.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 3.0
(0.118)
4.9
(0.193)
14.4
(0.567)
31.4
(1.236)
45.6
(1.795)
64.1
(2.524)
109.2
(4.299)
96.9
(3.815)
61.5
(2.421)
38.3
(1.508)
10.3
(0.406)
2.7
(0.106)
482.3
(18.988)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.6 5.0 6.7 7.9 9.6 10.7 12.4 12.9 11.5 9.2 4.6 2.4 96.5
 % humidity 55 56 59 56 60 64 72 75 78 74 65 57 64.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 192.8 164.8 177.5 211.7 237.8 233.0 229.8 216.6 168.7 173.1 180.0 195.2 2,381
Percent possible sunshine 62 54 48 54 55 54 52 52 46 50 58 65 54.2
Source: China Meteorological Administration

Landslide disaster[edit]

Main article: 2010 China floods

In July 2010 13 people died in Huating County in a landslide triggered by heavy rains. 2 people survived.[2]

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