Guyuan

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Guyuan

固原市 · ﻗُﻮْﻳُﻮًا شِ
Xumishan grottoes
Guyuan City (yellow) within Ningxia
Guyuan City (yellow) within Ningxia
Guyuan is located in Ningxia
Guyuan
Guyuan
Location of the city center in Ningxia
Coordinates (Zhongxin Park (中心公园)): 36°00′36″N 106°15′25″E / 36.010°N 106.257°E / 36.010; 106.257Coordinates: 36°00′36″N 106°15′25″E / 36.010°N 106.257°E / 36.010; 106.257
CountryPeople's Republic of China
RegionNingxia
Municipal seatYuanzhou District
Area
 • Total14,412.83 km2 (5,564.82 sq mi)
Elevation
1,777 m (5,830 ft)
Population
(2007)
 • Total1,455,200
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
756000
Area code(s)(0)954
ISO 3166 codeCN-NX-04
Licence plate prefixes宁D
Websitewww.nxgy.gov.cn
"Cou-yuen-tcheou" and other "second-order" towns of Shaan-Gan from Du Halde's 1736 Description of China, based on reports from Jesuit missionaries

About this soundGuyuan  (Chinese: 固原; pinyin: Gùyuán), formerly known as Xihaigu (Chinese: 西海固; pinyin: xīhǎigù), is a prefecture-level city in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. It occupies the southernmost section of the region, bordering Gansu province to the east, south, and due west. This is also the site of Mount Sumeru Grottoes (须弥山), which is among the ten most famous grottoes in China.[1] The area was declared by the United Nations to be, "one of China's most impoverished regions and one of the world's least habitable areas for human beings."[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Map
Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Xiao'erjing Population (2003 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
Yuanzhou District 原州区 Yuánzhōu Qū ﻳُﻮًاﺟِﻮْ ٿُو 490,000 1,965 99
Xiji County 西吉县 Xījí Xiàn ثِکِ ﺷِﯿًﺎ 460,000 3,985 115
Longde County 隆德县 Lóngdé Xiàn ﻟْﻮدْ ﺷِﯿًﺎ 190,000 1,269 150
Jingyuan County 泾源县 Jīngyuán Xiàn دٍﻳُﻮًا ﺷِﯿًﺎ 120,000 961 125
Pengyang County 彭阳县 Péngyáng Xiàn پْعیْا ﺷِﯿًﺎ 250,000 3,241 77

Geography and climate[edit]

Guyuan has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), with long, cold, dry winters, and warm, rainier summers. With temperatures cooled by the elevation that exceeds 1,770 metres (5,810 ft), highs average slightly below freezing in January and reach only 25 °C (77 °F) in July. Much of the year's precipitation is delivered from June to September.

Climate data for Guyuan (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
18.3
(64.9)
22.8
(73)
30.1
(86.2)
31.5
(88.7)
32.2
(90)
34.6
(94.3)
33.8
(92.8)
31.5
(88.7)
24.8
(76.6)
20.2
(68.4)
14.1
(57.4)
34.6
(94.3)
Average high °C (°F) −0.4
(31.3)
2.1
(35.8)
7.4
(45.3)
15.1
(59.2)
19.9
(67.8)
23.2
(73.8)
25.0
(77)
23.7
(74.7)
18.7
(65.7)
13.0
(55.4)
6.9
(44.4)
1.5
(34.7)
13.0
(55.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) −8.1
(17.4)
−4.9
(23.2)
1.0
(33.8)
8.2
(46.8)
13.4
(56.1)
17.0
(62.6)
18.9
(66)
17.8
(64)
12.8
(55)
6.6
(43.9)
−0.3
(31.5)
−6.0
(21.2)
6.4
(43.5)
Average low °C (°F) −14.2
(6.4)
−10.6
(12.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
1.9
(35.4)
6.8
(44.2)
10.3
(50.5)
12.9
(55.2)
12.3
(54.1)
7.7
(45.9)
1.6
(34.9)
−5.5
(22.1)
−11.7
(10.9)
0.6
(33.1)
Record low °C (°F) −27
(−17)
−23.2
(−9.8)
−18.9
(−2)
−12.0
(10.4)
−6.4
(20.5)
0.1
(32.2)
4.0
(39.2)
3.1
(37.6)
−2.3
(27.9)
−11.2
(11.8)
−20.0
(−4)
−30.9
(−23.6)
−30.9
(−23.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3.0
(0.118)
4.0
(0.157)
11.8
(0.465)
24.9
(0.98)
43.8
(1.724)
61.8
(2.433)
88.8
(3.496)
102.2
(4.024)
56.1
(2.209)
29.7
(1.169)
7.0
(0.276)
2.1
(0.083)
435.2
(17.134)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 2.1 2.9 4.3 3.4 5.9 8.7 12.2 11.9 8.1 4.4 2.6 1.9 68.4
Source: Weather China

Transportation[edit]

The city is served by Guyuan Liupanshan Airport, though travelers may also choose Zhongwei Xiangshan Airport and Yinchuan Hedong International Airport as well. The G70 Fuzhou–Yinchuan Expressway passes through the area on its way to the regional capital of Yinchuan.

As there is no high-speed railways to Guyuan, one of the fastest ways to travel to Guyuan from a major city is an approximately 4-hour drive from Yinchuan,[3] which is actually faster than traveling by train, which takes at least 5 hours.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ^ http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/ningxia/guyuan/
  2. ^ "Photographer captures the beauty of Xihaigu".
  3. ^ "Guyuan – Travel guide at Wikivoyage". en.wikivoyage.org. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  4. ^ "Trip.com Official Site | 1+ million hotels. Flights to 5,000+ destinations". www.trip.com. Retrieved 2018-10-02.

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