Barkam

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Barkam
马尔康市 · འབར་ཁམས་གྲོང་ཁྱེར། · Muerkvua shi
County-level city
Overview of the city of Barkam
Overview of the city of Barkam
Barkam County (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Barkam County (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Barkam is located in Sichuan
Barkam
Barkam
Location of the seat in Sichuan
Coordinates: 31°55′N 102°14′E / 31.917°N 102.233°E / 31.917; 102.233Coordinates: 31°55′N 102°14′E / 31.917°N 102.233°E / 31.917; 102.233
Country People's Republic of China
Province Sichuan
Autonomous prefecture Ngawa
Township-level divisions 3 towns
11 townships
County seat Barkam Toen
Area
 • Total 6,633 km2 (2,561 sq mi)
Elevation 2,615 m (8,579 ft)
Population (1999)
 • Total 54,735
 • Density 8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Postal code 624000
Area code(s) 0837
Website maerkang.gov.cn

Barkam (Tibetan: འབར་ཁམས་གྲོང་ཁྱེརWylie: 'bar khams grong khyer; simplified Chinese: 马尔康市; traditional Chinese: 馬爾康市; pinyin: Mǎ'ěrkāng) is a county-level city in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, in the northwest of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China. The city seat is the town of Barkam.

Administrative divisions[edit]

An area in northwestern Barkam County

Barkam has 3 towns and 11 townships:[1]

Towns: Barkam (马尔康镇), Zhuokeji (卓克基镇), Songgang (松岗镇).

Townships: Suomo (梭磨乡), Baiwan (白湾乡), Dangba (党坝乡), Muerzong (木尔宗乡), Jiaomuzu (脚木足乡), Shaerzong (沙尔宗乡), Longerjia (龙尔甲乡), Dazang (大藏乡), Kangshan (康山乡), Caodeng (草登乡), Ribu (日部乡).

Transport[edit]

Climate[edit]

Due to its elevation, Barkam lies in the transition between a subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) and humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), with strong monsoonal influences; winters are frosty and summers warm with frequent rain. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −0.6 °C (30.9 °F) in December and January to 16.1 °C (61.0 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 8.57 °C (47.4 °F). Nearly two-thirds of the annual precipitation of 786 mm (30.9 in) occurs from June to September. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 36% in June to 65% in December, the town receives 2,133 hours of bright sunshine annually. Diurnal temperature variation is large, averaging 15.9 °C (28.6 °F) annually.


Climate data for Barkam (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10.4
(50.7)
13.2
(55.8)
16.5
(61.7)
19.5
(67.1)
21.9
(71.4)
23.4
(74.1)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77)
21.6
(70.9)
18.3
(64.9)
14.6
(58.3)
10.4
(50.7)
18.3
(64.9)
Average low °C (°F) −7.7
(18.1)
−4.5
(23.9)
−0.8
(30.6)
2.8
(37)
6.4
(43.5)
9.5
(49.1)
10.8
(51.4)
10.2
(50.4)
8.1
(46.6)
3.7
(38.7)
−2.8
(27)
−7.3
(18.9)
2.4
(36.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2.7
(0.106)
6.4
(0.252)
23.1
(0.909)
52.1
(2.051)
108.0
(4.252)
155.0
(6.102)
128.0
(5.039)
104.5
(4.114)
131.0
(5.157)
65.1
(2.563)
7.9
(0.311)
2.6
(0.102)
786.4
(30.958)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 2.8 4.9 10.1 14.9 20.0 22.4 20.5 18.0 19.8 15.3 4.7 2.1 155.5
Average relative humidity (%) 44 44 49 55 64 74 76 74 79 74 57 48 61.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 200.8 178.4 187.3 189.3 184.2 153.4 161.1 177.3 142.0 164.3 193.8 201.4 2,133.3
Percent possible sunshine 63 57 51 49 43 36 37 43 38 47 61 65 48
Source: China Meteorological Administration


Demographics[edit]

The city had a population of 54,735 in 1999.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) Profile of Barkam County.
  2. ^ National Population Statistics Materials by County and City - 1999 Period, in China County & City Population 1999, Harvard China Historical GIS

External links[edit]