Zoigê County

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Zoigê County

若尔盖县 · མཛོད་དགེ་རྫོང་།
Baozuo township in Zoigê County
Baozuo township in Zoigê County
Zoigê County (pink) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Zoigê County (pink) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Zoigê is located in Sichuan
Zoigê
Zoigê
Location of the seat in Sichuan
Coordinates (Zoigê County Cultural Pavilion (若尔盖县文化馆)): 33°34′30″N 102°57′43″E / 33.575°N 102.962°E / 33.575; 102.962Coordinates: 33°34′30″N 102°57′43″E / 33.575°N 102.962°E / 33.575; 102.962
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceSichuan
Autonomous prefectureNgawa
County seatDazhasi (达扎寺镇)
Area
 • Total10,620 km2 (4,100 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total69,000
 • Density6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)
 • Major nationalities
Tibetan - 90.4%
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
624500
Area code(s)0837

Zoigê County (Tibetan: མཛོད་དགེ་རྫོང་།, Wylie: mdzod dge rdzong, ZYPY: Zoigê Zong; simplified Chinese: 若尔盖县; traditional Chinese: 若爾蓋縣; pinyin: Ruò'ěrgài Xiàn) is a county of Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, China, bordering Gansu to the north. It is the northernmost county of the province. It is part of the Tibetan traditional region of Amdo.

It has an area of 10,620 km2 (4,100 sq mi) and a population of 69,900, 90.4% of which are Tibetan people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Zoigê County is found in the easternmost sections of the Tibetan Plateau. The county is primarily a highland basin made up of the Zoigê Marsh between the Min Mountains and Amne Machin. The western border of the county, shared with Maqu County in Gansu, is formed by the first major bend of the Yellow River where it changes course nearly 180 degrees and heads back towards Qinghai.

Climate[edit]

Zoigê has an alpine subarctic climate (Köppen Dwc), featuring very cold nights even in summertime, and very cold winters with extreme diurnal temperature ranges. Snow can fall any time of the year and usually does not melt until summer due to repeated nightly freezing even when maxima are above 0 °C (32 °F). Therefore, access to Zoigê is heavily restricted during the winter months from late October to early May. Sitting at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet, high-altitude sickness is another common problem for tourists.

Climate data for Zoige
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.4
(54.3)
15.5
(59.9)
18.3
(64.9)
23.5
(74.3)
23.3
(73.9)
24.1
(75.4)
25.2
(77.4)
25.4
(77.7)
23.8
(74.8)
22.6
(72.7)
16.2
(61.2)
11.4
(52.5)
25.4
(77.7)
Average high °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
2.4
(36.3)
5.9
(42.6)
9.3
(48.7)
12.6
(54.7)
15.0
(59.0)
17.2
(63.0)
17.2
(63.0)
13.3
(55.9)
9.2
(48.6)
4.8
(40.6)
1.7
(35.1)
9.1
(48.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.1
(13.8)
−7.0
(19.4)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.7
(35.1)
5.5
(41.9)
8.7
(47.7)
10.7
(51.3)
10.1
(50.2)
6.5
(43.7)
1.8
(35.2)
−4.2
(24.4)
−8.8
(16.2)
1.0
(33.9)
Average low °C (°F) −19.3
(−2.7)
−15.0
(5.0)
−8.5
(16.7)
−4.0
(24.8)
−0.1
(31.8)
3.4
(38.1)
5.3
(41.5)
4.4
(39.9)
1.7
(35.1)
−3.2
(26.2)
−10.5
(13.1)
−17.0
(1.4)
−5.2
(22.6)
Record low °C (°F) −33.6
(−28.5)
−31.8
(−25.2)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−16.6
(2.1)
−11.5
(11.3)
−6.6
(20.1)
−3.7
(25.3)
−5.6
(21.9)
−9.6
(14.7)
−15.5
(4.1)
−23.4
(−10.1)
−28.0
(−18.4)
−33.6
(−28.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4.8
(0.19)
7.9
(0.31)
17.2
(0.68)
36.6
(1.44)
76.8
(3.02)
101.6
(4.00)
122.4
(4.82)
112.6
(4.43)
101.0
(3.98)
57.0
(2.24)
7.8
(0.31)
2.8
(0.11)
648.5
(25.53)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.4 7.5 11.8 14.8 18.5 19.8 18.6 16.7 18.7 15.7 5.8 3.7 157
Source: Weather China

Transport[edit]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Zoigê County has 2 town and 15 townships:[2]

  • Town:
    • Dazhasi (达扎寺镇)
    • Tangke (唐克镇)
  • Townships:
    • Banyou (班佑乡)
    • Axi (阿西乡)
    • Xiaman (辖曼乡)
    • Hongxing (红星乡)
    • Maixi (麦溪乡)
    • Neiwa (嫩哇乡)
    • Donglie (冻列乡)
    • Chong'er (崇尔乡)
    • Re'er (热尔乡)
    • Zhanwa (占哇乡)
    • Jiangzha (降扎乡)
    • Baxi (巴西乡)
    • Axirong (阿西茸乡)
    • Qiuji (求吉乡)
    • Baozuo (包座乡)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of Zoigê County" (in Chinese). Official website of Ngawa Prefecture Government. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  2. ^ "Profile of Zoigê County" (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-06-07.