Nagqu Town

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Nagqu
那曲镇 · ནག་ཆུ་གྲོང་རྡལ།
Town
Railway station
Railway station
Nagqu is located in Tibet
Nagqu
Nagqu
Coordinates: 31°29′N 92°03′E / 31.483°N 92.050°E / 31.483; 92.050
Country China
Province Tibet Autonomous Region
Prefecture Nagchu Prefecture
County Nagchu County
Time zone CST (UTC+8)

Nagqu Town, also known as Nagchu or Naqu (Chinese: 那曲; pinyin: Nàqū), is a town in northern Tibet, seat of Nagqu Prefecture, approximately 328 km (204 mi) by road north-east of the capital Lhasa, within the People's Republic of China.

It is connected by the Qingzang railway at 4,526 m (14,849 ft).

At the time of the visit in 1950 of Thubten Jigme Norbu, the elder brother of Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama, Nagchukha was a small town with only a few clay huts but was also the headquarters of the District Officer, the Dzongpön. It was on the main caravan route coming from Amdo to Central Tibet.[1]

China is planning to build Nagqu Airport, the highest airport in the world at an altitude of 4,436 m (14,554 ft). The construction is planned to start in 2011 and expected to take three years to complete. When completed, it will overtake the current highest, Qamdo Bangda Airport, with an elevation of 4,334 m (14,219 ft).[2]

With all months having a mean temperature below 10 °C, Nagqu has an alpine climate (Köppen EH), with long, very cold and dry winters, and short, cool summers. due to the town's high altitude.

Climate data for Nagchu, Elevation = 4505 m
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −2
(28)
−1
(30)
2
(36)
6
(43)
10
(50)
14
(57)
15
(59)
14
(57)
12
(54)
7
(45)
1
(34)
−2
(28)
6
(43)
Daily mean °C (°F) −13
(9)
−10
(14)
−6
(21)
−1
(30)
3
(37)
7
(45)
9
(48)
8
(46)
5
(41)
0
(32)
−7
(19)
−11
(12)
−1
(30)
Average low °C (°F) −22
(−8)
−19
(−2)
−14
(7)
−9
(16)
−3
(27)
0
(32)
3
(37)
2
(36)
0
(32)
−6
(21)
−15
(5)
−21
(−6)
−8
(18)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2
(0.08)
2
(0.08)
3
(0.12)
10
(0.39)
26
(1.02)
82
(3.23)
106
(4.17)
94
(3.7)
69
(2.72)
20
(0.79)
3
(0.12)
3
(0.12)
419
(16.5)
Source: weatherbase.com[3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Tibet is My Country: Autobiography of Thubten Jigme Norbu, Brother of the Dalai Lama as told to Heinrich Harrer, p. 160. First published in German in 1960. English translation by Edward Fitzgerald, published 1960. Reprint, with updated new chapter, (1986): Wisdom Publications, London. ISBN 0-86171-045-2.
  2. ^ "Tibet to be location of highest airport in the world." 12 Jan. 2010
  3. ^ "Nagchu Climate Guide" - weatherbase.com