Main entrance of a bazaar in the county seat of Qiemo
Location of Qiemo County (pink) in Bayingolin Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||138,645 km2 (53,531 sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
The Qiemo (Qarqan) County (Chinese: 且末; pinyin: Qiěmò), also known as Cherchen County in the Uighur language, is a county under the administration of the Bayin'gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region to the south. Its area is 138,645 square kilometres (53,531 sq mi) and, according to the 2002 census, it has a population of 60,000. The county seat is at Qiemo Town.
"Qiemo 且末 = modern Cherchen or Charchan (Uighur: Qarqan). There has been some confusion about this name as Chavannes (1907), p. 156, and
then Stein (1921a), Vol. I, 296 ff., gave an incorrect romanization for the first character (Chavannes, using the French EFEO romanization system, gave tsiu, and Stein used the Wade-Giles equivalent, chü). In fact, the character is correctly rendered k’ie in EFEO, ch’ieh in Wade-Giles and qie in pinyin. Nevertheless, there has never been any serious dispute about its identification with modern Cherchen."
- Jumo Han
- Zuomo (左末) Song Yun
- Jumo Jun [Sui]
- Zhemotuona (折摩馱那) Xuanzang
- Boxian Zhen (播仙鎮) [Tang, after A.D. 674]
- Jurjān [Mīrzā Haidar, sixteenth century]
- Charchan [modern name]
It was called Calmadana in Kharoshthi documents found in the region.
From the south to the north, the lands of the county run from the main range of the Kunlun Mountains (which forms the border with the Tibet Autonomous Region) to the middle of the Taklamakan Desert. The southernmost area of the county includes the northern side of part of the Ulugh Muztagh range (the main range of the Kunlun), and a section of the Altyn-Tagh range which runs roughly parallel to the main range of the Kunlun. Most of the county population lives in the northern foothills of the mountains, in the oases watered by snow-fed rivers.
The Qiemo River (Qarqan River) near the town of Qiemo is frozen for two to three months in the winter. From the foot of the mountains to the oasis of Qiemo, it has a faIl of nearly 4000 feet.
|Climate data for Qiemo (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||−0.5
|Average low °C (°F)||−13.8
|Precipitation mm (inches)||.5
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||1.1||.7||.3||.5||1.0||2.9||3.5||1.8||.6||.1||.1||.8||13.4|
|Source: Weather China|
The modern county is based on the ancient kingdom of Qiemo (且末) mentioned in the Hanshu and the Hou Hanshu. According to the Hanshu, during the Early Han it had 230 households, 1,610 individuals and 320 persons able to bear arms.
- "The ancient Chü-mo seems to have been located on the east of the Cherchen (Charchan) river, across from the modern Cherchen (Cherchen Bazar)."
Several mummies were found in Cherchen including the so-called Cherchen Man.
The Qiemo Airport is located within this county.
- Hill (2009), p. 83.
- Giles (1930-1932), p. 846.
- Hill (2009), pp. 83-85.
- Miller (1959), p. 24, n. 44.
- Giles, Lionel (1930–1932). "A Chinese Geographical Text of the Ninth Century." BSOS VI, pp. 825–846.
- Hill, John E. (2009) Through the Jade Gate to Rome: A Study of the Silk Routes during the Later Han Dynasty, 1st to 2nd Centuries CE. BookSurge, Charleston, South Carolina. ISBN 978-1-4392-2134-1.
- Miller, Roy Andrew (1959). Accounts of Western Nations in the History of the Northern Chou Dynasty. University of California Press.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.