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马尔康市 · འབར་ཁམས་གྲོང་ཁྱེར། · Muerkvua shi
County-level city
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: 31°55′N 102°14′E / 31.917°N 102.233°E / 31.917; 102.233
Country People's Republic of China
Province Sichuan
Autonomous prefecture Ngawa
Township-level divisions 3 towns
11 townships
Seat Barkam Town
 • Total 6,633 km2 (2,561 sq mi)
Elevation 2,615 m (8,579 ft)
Population (1999)
 • Total 54,735
 • Density 8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Postal code 624000
Area code(s) 0837
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 马尔康
Traditional Chinese 馬爾康
Hanyu Pinyin Mǎ'ěrkāng
Tibetan name
Tibetan འབར་ཁམས།
Qiang name
Qiang Muerkvua

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.

Administrative divisions

An area in northwestern Barkam County

Barkam has 3 towns and 11 townships:[1]

Towns: Barkam (马尔康镇), Zhuokeji (卓克基镇), Songgang (松岗镇).

Townships: Suomo (梭磨乡), Baiwan (白湾乡), Dangba (党坝乡), Muerzong (木尔宗乡), Jiaomuzu (脚木足乡), Shaerzong (沙尔宗乡), 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 has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) bordering on a 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 1.7 °C (35.1 °F) in January to 18.2 °C (64.8 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 10.63 °C (51.1 °F). Nearly two-thirds of the annual precipitation of 786 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 16.02 °C (28.84 °F) annually.


The city had a population of 54,735 in 1999.[2]


  1. ^ (in Chinese) Profile of Barkam County Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ National Population Statistics Materials by County and City - 1999 Period, in China County & City Population 1999, Harvard China Historical GIS

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