Qumarlêb County

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Qumarlêb County
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Simplified 曲麻莱县
 • Traditional 曲麻萊縣
 • Hanyu Pinyin Qūmálái Xiàn
Tibetan transcription(s)
 • Tibetan script ཆུ་དམར་ལེབ་རྫོང
 • Wylie chu dmar leb rdzong
 • Tibetan pinyin Qumarlêb Zong
Location of Qumarlêb County (red) in Yushu Prefecture (yellow) and Qinghai
Location of Qumarlêb County (red) in Yushu Prefecture (yellow) and Qinghai
Qumarlêb is located in Qinghai
Location of the seat in Qinghai
Coordinates: 34°08′N 95°48′E / 34.133°N 95.800°E / 34.133; 95.800Coordinates: 34°08′N 95°48′E / 34.133°N 95.800°E / 34.133; 95.800
Country China
Province Qinghai
Autonomous prefecture Yushu
 • Total 47,000 km2 (18,000 sq mi)
Elevation 4,191 m (13,750 ft)
 • Total 20,000
 • Density 0.43/km2 (1.1/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 815500

Qumarlêb County (Tibetan: ཆུ་དམར་ལེབ་རྫོང; Chinese: 曲麻莱县) is a county in the northeast of the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, south-central Qinghai province, China.

Geography and climate[edit]

With an elevation of around 4,200 metres (14,000 ft), Qumarlêb County has an alpine climate (Köppen EH), with long, very cold and winters, and short, rainy, cool summers. Average low temperatures are below freezing from mid September to late May; however, due to the wide diurnal temperature variation, average highs are only below freezing from mid/late November thru early March. Despite frequent rain during summer, when a majority of days sees rain, no month has less than 50% of possible sunshine; with monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 51% in June to 78% in November, the county seat receives 2,782 hours of bright sunshine annually. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −14.5 °C (5.9 °F) in January to 8.9 °C (48.0 °F) in July, while the annual mean is −2.13 °C (28.2 °F). Over three-fourths of the annual precipitation of 406 mm (16.0 in) is delivered from June to September.


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