|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||1,020 km2 (390 sq mi)|
|Elevation||777 m (2,549 ft)|
|• Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Ruili (simplified Chinese: 瑞丽; traditional Chinese: 瑞麗; pinyin: Ruìlì) is a county-level city of Dehong Prefecture, in the west of Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. It is a major border crossing between China and Myanmar, with the town of Muse located across the border.
An older name of Ruili is Měngmǎo (勐卯); ruì means "fortunate", and lì means "beautiful".
Ruili is on the border with Myanmar. 64% of the population of Ruili are members of five highland and lowland ethnic minorities including Dai, Jingpo, Deang, Lisu, Achang. It is an important location for trade with Myanmar, in both legal and illegal goods and services. Prostitution and drug trade in the city are not uncommon.
Ruili contains elements of both a tropical wet and dry climate and a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Aw and Cwa, respectively), and is generally humid. Summer is long and there is virtually no "winter" as such; instead, there is a dry season (December thru April) and wet season (May thru October). A drier heat prevails from February thru early May before the onset of the monsoon from the Indian Ocean. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 13.0 °C (55.4 °F) in January to 24.6 °C (76.3 °F) in June, while the annual mean is 20.32 °C (68.6 °F). Rainfall totals about 1,450 mm (57 in) annually, with nearly 70% of it occurring from June to September.
|Climate data for Ruili (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||22.8
|Average low °C (°F)||6.9
|Rainfall mm (inches)||8.8
|Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm)||2.7||4.4||5.6||11.1||18.2||24.9||27.4||24.4||18.8||13.5||8.4||3.6||163.0|
|Source: Weather China|
Han Chinese and Dai mostly live in the valley, in the city; Jingpo and Deang live mostly in the outskirts in the surrounding hills.
Wanding Border Economic Cooperation Zone (WTBECZ) is a Chinese State Council-approved Industrial Park based in Wanding Town of Ruili City founded in 1992 and was established to promote Sino–Burmese trade. The zone spans 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi) and is focuses on developing trading, processing, agriculture resources and tourism.
Ruili Border Economic Cooperation Zone (RLBECZ) is a Chinese State Council-approved Industrial Park based in Ruili founded in 1992 and was established to promote trade between China and Myanmar. The area's import and export trade include the processing industry, local agriculture and biological resources are very promising. Sino-Myanmar business is growing fast. Myanmar is now one of Yunnan's biggest foreign trade partners. In 1999, Sino-Myanmar trade accounted for 77.4% of Yunnan's foreign trade. In the same year, exports for electromechanical equipments came up to US$55.28 million. Main exports here include fiber cloth, cotton yarn, ceresin wax, mechanical equipments, fruits, rice seeds, fiber yarn and tobacco.
The Dali–Ruili Railway, which will connect Ruili with China's national railway network, is under construction.
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