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Barkam or Markang or Muerkvua 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.


马尔康市 · འབར་ཁམས་གྲོང་ཁྱེར། · Muerkvua shi
Overview of the city of Barkam
Overview of the city of Barkam
Barkam City (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Barkam City (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow) and Sichuan
Barkam is located in Sichuan
Location of the seat in Sichuan
Coordinates (Barkam municipal government): 31°54′21″N 102°12′23″E / 31.9057°N 102.2065°E / 31.9057; 102.2065Coordinates: 31°54′21″N 102°12′23″E / 31.9057°N 102.2065°E / 31.9057; 102.2065
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Autonomous prefectureNgawa
Township-level divisions3 towns
11 townships
SeatBarkam Town
 • Total6,639 km2 (2,563 sq mi)
2,615 m (8,579 ft)
 • Total54,735
 • Density8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
Postal code
Area code(s)0837
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese马尔康
Traditional Chinese馬爾康
Hanyu PinyinMǎ'ěrkāng
Tibetan name

Administrative divisionsEdit

Barkam has four towns and 10 townships:[1]

Towns: Barkam (马尔康镇), Zhuokeji (卓克基镇), Songgang (松岗镇), Sha'erzong (沙尔宗镇).

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



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 −0.5 °C (31.1 °F) in December and January to 16.4 °C (61.5 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 8.75 °C (47.7 °F). Nearly two-thirds of the annual precipitation of 784 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 16.0 °C (28.8 °F) annually.


The city had a population of 54,735 in 1999.[4] The area is traditionally inhabited by a branch of Rgyalrong people who speak the Situ language.[5]


  1. ^ (in Chinese) National Bureau of Statistics - Barkam City.
  2. ^ 中国气象数据网 - WeatherBk Data (in Chinese). China Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  3. ^ 中国地面国际交换站气候标准值月值数据集(1971-2000年). China Meteorological Administration. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  4. ^ National Population Statistics Materials by County and City - 1999 Period, in China County & City Population 1999, Harvard China Historical GIS
  5. ^ "Rgyalrong Culture" 嘉绒人文. Ma'erkang City Government website. Archived from the original on 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-09-19.

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