Dêqên County

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Dêqên County (Standard Tibetan: བདེ་ཆེན་རྫོང་), or Deqin County (Chinese: 德钦县), is under the administration of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, located in the northwest of Yunnan province, China.

Dêqên County

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Location of Dêqên County (pink) within Diqing Prefecture (yellow) and Yunnan
Location of Dêqên County (pink) within Diqing Prefecture (yellow) and Yunnan
Dêqên is located in Yunnan
Location in Yunnan
Coordinates: 28°12′N 98°59′E / 28.200°N 98.983°E / 28.200; 98.983Coordinates: 28°12′N 98°59′E / 28.200°N 98.983°E / 28.200; 98.983
CountryPeople's Republic of China
 • Total7,596 km2 (2,933 sq mi)
3,300 m (10,800 ft)
 • Total62,400
 • Density8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)0887
Dêqên County
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese德钦县
Traditional Chinese德欽縣
Tibetan name

Geography and climateEdit

Dêqên occupies the northwest corner of Diqing Prefecture, and in latitude has a range of 27° 33'−29° 15' N and in longitude has a range of 98° 36'−99° 33' E, covering an area of 7,596 square kilometres (2,933 sq mi),[1] bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region to the northwest and Sichuan to the northeast. It is located in the central part of the Hengduan Mountains, and contains the valleys of the Salween, Mekong, and Jinsha Rivers.

Being located at an altitude of 3,300 metres (10,800 ft), Dêqên lies in the transition between a subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) and humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), which is remarkable for its latitude. Although mean maximum temperatures, as in Lhasa and Shigatse, stay above freezing year-round, minima are below freezing from November to March, and temperatures average −1.4 °C (29.5 °F) in January, 13.6 °C (56.5 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 6.32 °C (43.4 °F). The town is nonetheless a little warmer during the winter than Shangri-La County to the east despite being slightly higher in elevation, due to its more southerly aspect. Rainfall is concentrated between June and September, accounting for nearly 60% of the annual total of 640 mm (25.2 in); snowfall is rare but still causes major transport problems in the winter. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 29% in July to 62% in December, the county seat receives 1,989 hours of bright sunshine annually, with autumn and winter sunnier than spring and summer.


There are many Tibetans who live in Dêqên and they, compared to Tibetans in Tibet, have had longer-lasting trade relations with Han-Chinese and other ethnic minorities.[4]


Meilishi (梅里石) is in Foshan Township,[5] in the northernmost part of the county.[6]


Deqin can be reached by many daily buses traveling North from Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Zhongdian - Deqin.

The route is a very scenic and most of it is a newly built highway apart from the Zhongdian to Deqin section which is a winding mountain road through the scenic North Yunnan/Tibetan mountains.

See alsoEdit

  • Bamê, a village in Foshan, Dêqên County
  • Meili Xue Shan (Chinese translation: "Mainri snowy range") or Mainri Snow Mountains (Tibetan: སྨན་རི།).


Reference notesEdit

  1. ^ 德钦城市介绍 (in Chinese). Weather China. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  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. ^ Galipeau, p. 7 (PDF 22/148).
  5. ^ Galipeau, p. 6 (PDF 21/148).
  6. ^ Galipeau, p. 5 (PDF 20/148).

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