Shangri-La County


Shangri-La County
Shangri-La County
Zhongdian County · 中甸县
Chinese transcription(s)
 – Simplified 香格里拉县
 – Traditional 香格里拉縣
 – Pinyin Xiānggélǐlā Xiàn
Tibetan transcription(s)
 – Tibetan script རྒྱལ་ཐང་རྫོང་།
 – Wylie rgyal thang rdzong
 – Tibetan pinyin Gyaitang Zong
Location of Shangri-La County (pink) and Diqing prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China
Shangri-La is located in Yunnan
Shangri-La
Location within Yunnan
Coordinates: 27°50′N 99°42′E / 27.833°N 99.7°E / 27.833; 99.7
Country People's Republic of China
Province Yunnan
Prefecture Dêqên
Area
 – Total 11,613 km2 (4,483.8 sq mi)
Population
 – Total 130,000
 – Density 11.2/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 674400
Area code(s) 0887
Website http://www.xianggelila.org/

Shangri-La County (Chinese: 香格里拉县; Tibetan: རྒྱལ་ཐང་རྫོང་།)is a primarily Tibetan county in northwestern Yunnan province, Southwest China and is the location of the seat of the Dêqên Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

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Name

The county was formerly called Zhongdian County (Chinese: 中甸县 Zhōngdiàn Xiàn) but was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. The local Tibetan population refers to it by the name Gyalthang (Tibetan: རྒྱལ་ཐང་རྫོང་), which is the Tibetan name for Jiantang Town (建塘镇 Jiàntáng Zhèn), the county seat.

Towns

  • Jiantang Town
  • Zhongdian Town
  • Hutiaoxia Town
  • Jinjiang Town
  • Luoji Township

Climate

Shangri-La has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dwb), with influences from the monsoon and the high elevation. Winters are chilly but sunny, with nighttime lows often dropping below −15 °C (5 °F), while summers are cool, with daytime highs of around 19 °C (66 °F), and feature frequent rain; more than 70% of the annual precipitation is delivered from June to September. Except during the summer, nights are usually sharply cooler than the days. Despite the dryness of the winter, the small amount of precipitation is generally sufficient to cause major transportation dislocations and isolate the area between November and March.

Climate data for Shangri-La (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.3
(64.9)
16.2
(61.2)
21.5
(70.7)
22.7
(72.9)
24.2
(75.6)
25.6
(78.1)
25.4
(77.7)
25.1
(77.2)
23.8
(74.8)
20.9
(69.6)
18.8
(65.8)
17.9
(64.2)
25.6
(78.1)
Average high °C (°F) 6.3
(43.3)
6.7
(44.1)
9.2
(48.6)
12.5
(54.5)
17.0
(62.6)
19.2
(66.6)
19.3
(66.7)
18.9
(66.0)
17.4
(63.3)
14.7
(58.5)
11.0
(51.8)
8.2
(46.8)
13.4
Average low °C (°F) −11.2
(11.8)
−7.4
(18.7)
−3.6
(25.5)
−0.5
(31.1)
3.4
(38.1)
8.4
(47.1)
9.8
(49.6)
9.1
(48.4)
7.4
(45.3)
1.3
(34.3)
−5.8
(21.6)
−10.6
(12.9)
0.0
Record low °C (°F) −23.9
(−11.0)
−20.2
(−4.4)
−17.5
(0.5)
−10
(14)
−7.4
(18.7)
−2.1
(28.2)
1.1
(34.0)
1.0
(33.8)
−3
(27)
−11.1
(12.0)
−16.5
(2.3)
−27.4
(−17.3)
−27.4
(−17.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 7.8
(0.307)
14.4
(0.567)
34.8
(1.37)
32.4
(1.276)
25.9
(1.02)
80.2
(3.157)
157.4
(6.197)
151.3
(5.957)
80.6
(3.173)
44.5
(1.752)
12.7
(0.5)
4.9
(0.193)
646.9
(25.469)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 4.2 6.6 9.3 11.1 11.5 17.9 23.2 23.1 19.3 10.1 4.0 2.1 142.4
Source: Weather China

National park

Tibetan houses in the outskirts of Zhongdian
  • Pudacuo National Park, the first national park in China to meet IUCN standards, also incorporates the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site.

Transport

See also

  • Shangri-La
  • Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas - UNESCO World Heritage Site

External links

Coordinates: 27°50′N 99°42.1′E / 27.833°N 99.7017°E / 27.833; 99.7017



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