Barköl Kazakh Autonomous County

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Barköl County

باركۆل ناھىيىسى
Barköl Kazakh Autonomous County
باركۆل قازاق ئاپتونوم ناھىيىسى
باركول قازاق اۆتونوميالى اۋدانى
Barkól Qazaq aýtonomııalyq aýdany
Location of Barköl County (red) within Hami City (yellow) and Xinjiang
Location of Barköl County (red) within Hami City (yellow) and Xinjiang
Coordinates: 43°35′56″N 93°01′01″E / 43.599°N 93.017°E / 43.599; 93.017Coordinates: 43°35′56″N 93°01′01″E / 43.599°N 93.017°E / 43.599; 93.017
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Autonomous regionXinjiang
Prefecture-level cityHami
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Barköl Kazak Autonomous County (sometimes Barkul or Balikul in English) is part of Kumul Prefecture in Xinjiang and has an area of 38,445.3 km2 (14,843.8 sq mi). It forms part of the China–Mongolia border (bordering the Mongolian provinces of Khovd and Govi-Altai) on the county's north, while bordering Yizhou District to the south, Yiwu County to the east and Changji's Mori Kazakh Autonomous County to the west.

Barköl was made an autonomous county on October 1, 1954. It is noted for camel and horse breeding with the Barköl horse well known throughout China. Due to the large number of camels, which is unparalleled in China, the county is nicknamed of the "county of ten thousand camels".

Ethnic groups in Barkol, 2000 census[edit]

Barköl Kazakh Autonomous County
Barkol Lake, Xinjiang.jpg
Barkol Lake and Barkol, astronaut photograph from ISS
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese巴里坤哈薩克自治縣
Simplified Chinese巴里坤哈萨克自治县
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese鎮西縣
Simplified Chinese镇西县
Uyghur name
Uyghurباركۆل قازاق ئاپتونوم ناھىيىسى
Kazakh name
Kazakhباركول قازاق اۆتونوميالى اۋدانى
Barkól Qazaq aýtonomııalyq aýdany
Ethnic group Population Percentage
Han 55,169 64.18%
Kazakh 29,236 34.01%
Mongol 1,173 1.36%
Hui 164 0.19%
Uyghur 134 0.16%
Manchu 26 0.03%
Tatar 22 0.03%
Russian 11 0.01%
Yi 9 0.01%
Others 20 0.02%

Lake Barkol[edit]

Lake Barkol or Barskul (Lake of Snow Leopard, بارسكۆل, Uyghur), is an alkali lake in a closed basin located at 43°40′05″N 92°48′11″E / 43.668°N 92.803°E / 43.668; 92.803. Current rainfall averages 210 millimetres (8.3 in), while the annual evaporation rate is 2,250 millimetres (89 in). Ancient shorelines show up as concentric rings on the satellite photo at right, indicating that water levels have varied many times in the past. One study identified five climates at Lake Barkol over the past 8,000 years, ranging from warm and wet to cold and wet and finally cold and dry at present. The average annual temperature in the area is now just 1 °C (34 °F), though temperatures swing from extreme highs (33.5 °C (92.3 °F)) to extreme lows (−43.6 °C (−46.5 °F)).[1]