Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County

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Zhijiang County
芷江县
County
芷江侗族自治县
Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County
Skyline of Zhijiang County
Location in Huaihua City
Location in Huaihua City
Coordinates: 27°21′01″N 109°35′24″E / 27.3503°N 109.59°E / 27.3503; 109.59Coordinates: 27°21′01″N 109°35′24″E / 27.3503°N 109.59°E / 27.3503; 109.59
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hunan
Prefecture-level city Huaihua
Area
 • Total 2,096 km2 (809 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 354,562
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 4191XX
Area code(s) 0745

Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County (simplified Chinese: 芷江侗族自治县; traditional Chinese: 芷江侗族自治縣; pinyin: Zhǐjiāng Dòngzú Zìzhìxiàn) is a county of western Hunan province, China, bordering Guizhou to the west. It is under the administration of Huaihua City. On 21 August 1945 Japan officially surrendered to China near the airfield in Zhijiang. The Japanese Vice General Secretary signed the surrounding treaty, marking the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Geography[edit]

Zhijiang County is situated in western Hunan at the eastern end of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, amongst the southern end of the Xuefeng and Wuling Mountains. It borders Xinhuang Dong Autonomous County and Guizhou's Wanshan District and Tianzhu County to the west, Huitong County and Hongjiang Administrative District to the south, Zhongfang County and Hecheng District to the east, and Mayang Miao Autonomous County to the north.

Zhijiang County has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with an annual mean temperature of 16.53 °C (61.8 °F). Winters are mild and brief, beginning somewhat dry and turning wet and gloomy as the season progresses. Spring is very rainy, especially in May, which is the wettest month. Summer is hot and humid (but tempered compared to much of the province), with moderate levels of rain, and generous sunshine; on average, July and August are the only two months where the area receives more than half of possible sunshine. Autumn is the driest season. From March to June, on average, more than half of the days each month receive some precipitation. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 4.9 °C (40.8 °F) in January to 27.2 °C (81.0 °F) in July. The annual precipitation is around 1,230 mm (48 in). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 15% in February to 56% in August, the county receives 1,482 hours of sunshine annually.

Climate data for Zhijiang County (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.6
(47.5)
10.2
(50.4)
14.7
(58.5)
21.4
(70.5)
25.9
(78.6)
28.9
(84)
32.0
(89.6)
32.3
(90.1)
28.2
(82.8)
22.6
(72.7)
17.1
(62.8)
11.8
(53.2)
21.1
(70.1)
Average low °C (°F) 2.3
(36.1)
4.0
(39.2)
7.5
(45.5)
13.1
(55.6)
17.4
(63.3)
21.2
(70.2)
23.3
(73.9)
23.0
(73.4)
19.2
(66.6)
14.1
(57.4)
9.0
(48.2)
4.2
(39.6)
13.2
(55.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 45.7
(1.799)
49.9
(1.965)
77.5
(3.051)
150.0
(5.906)
202.2
(7.961)
209.0
(8.228)
130.7
(5.146)
110.5
(4.35)
69.7
(2.744)
102.5
(4.035)
53.7
(2.114)
28.7
(1.13)
1,230.1
(48.429)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 13.4 13.0 16.4 18.0 16.7 15.4 11.2 10.4 9.0 12.6 9.7 9.0 154.8
 % humidity 80 79 81 82 82 84 80 79 78 80 79 77 80.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 53.9 48.3 60.6 98.2 130.5 145.4 232.9 228.8 170.0 126.8 102.6 84.0 1,482
Percent possible sunshine 16 15 16 26 32 35 55 56 46 36 32 26 33
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