Yanchi County

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Yanchi County (simplified Chinese: 盐池县; traditional Chinese: 鹽池縣; pinyin: Yánchí Xiàn; Wade–Giles: Yan2-ch'ih2 Hsien4) is a county under the administration of Wuzhong city in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Covering a total area of 6787 square kilometers, it has a population of about 150,000 people.

Characteristics[edit]

Yanchi County is one of China's most impoverished counties. Economic development has been slow, because much of the land in the county is wasteland with alkali soil, making farming difficult. Also, to cancel agricultural taxes on these lands, the county government has in recent years developed the cultivation of honey and high-tech herbs. The town of Huamachi serves as the location for the county government offices. The county's postal code is 751500.

Geography and climate[edit]

Climate data for Yanchi County (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
3.2
(37.8)
9.7
(49.5)
17.8
(64)
23.4
(74.1)
27.6
(81.7)
29.3
(84.7)
27.3
(81.1)
22.4
(72.3)
16.0
(60.8)
8.3
(46.9)
1.7
(35.1)
15.5
(60.0)
Average low °C (°F) −14.1
(6.6)
−10.5
(13.1)
−3.6
(25.5)
3.3
(37.9)
9.2
(48.6)
13.9
(57)
16.7
(62.1)
15.3
(59.5)
9.9
(49.8)
2.8
(37)
−5
(23)
−11.5
(11.3)
2.2
(36.0)
Precipitation mm (inches) 1.9
(0.075)
3.1
(0.122)
10.1
(0.398)
13.6
(0.535)
26.9
(1.059)
34.1
(1.343)
61.1
(2.406)
65.5
(2.579)
34.1
(1.343)
16.2
(0.638)
5.4
(0.213)
1.5
(0.059)
273.5
(10.77)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1.8 2.8 4.1 4.1 5.5 8.0 9.3 10.4 7.9 5.2 2.5 1.3 62.9
 % humidity 49 46 43 37 40 46 55 62 60 56 51 50 49.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 218.6 199.3 224.3 250.6 282.0 280.8 279.0 262.2 235.7 229.4 217.3 212.8 2,892
Percent possible sunshine 72 66 61 64 64 63 62 62 63 66 71 72 65.5
Source: China Meteorological Administration

Coordinates: 37°37′18″N 107°03′07″E / 37.62153°N 107.05189°E / 37.62153; 107.05189