Libo County

荔波县

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Libo is the southeasternmost division in this map of Qiannan
Qiannan in Guizhou
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Libo
Location of the seat in Guizhou
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Libo (Southwest China)
Coordinates (Libo County government): 25°25′26″N 107°53′56″E / 25.4238°N 107.8988°E / 25.4238; 107.8988Coordinates: 25°25′26″N 107°53′56″E / 25.4238°N 107.8988°E / 25.4238; 107.8988
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceGuizhou
Autonomous prefectureQiannan
Area
 • Total2,432 km2 (939 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total144,849
 • Density60/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
558400
Area code(s)0584
Websitehttp://www.libo.gov.cn/

Libo County (simplified Chinese: 荔波县; traditional Chinese: 荔波縣; pinyin: Lìbō Xiàn) is a county of southern Guizhou province, China, bordering Guangxi to the south. It is under the administration of the Qiannan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture.

Geography

The county is located in the remote southeastern corner of the prefecture, on the border with Guangxi. Two local sites, Xiaoqikong (小七孔) and Dongduo (洞多), notable for their spectacular karst formations, form part of the multi-site South China Karst UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 2007.[1]

Transportation

The Libo Airport, opened in late 2007, has capacity to receive planes of the Boeing 737 class, and to handle up to 220,000 passengers annually.[2] However, the $57-million facility is rather underutilized so far.[2] According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) statistics, 151 paying passengers flew into or out of the airport in 2009 - which was a 98% drop compared to the previous year (7886 passengers), and placed the airport the last in list of the nation's 166 airports by traffic volume.[3] Currently 4 airlines use the airport.

Flora

The karst environments in Libo County consist of the following types of forests.[1]

Common angiosperm genera include Beilschmiedia, Cryptocarya, Casearia, Diospyros, Pittosporum, Acer, Carpinus, Ulmus, Viburnum, Prunus, and Rosa. Protected wild plants in Libo County include Handeliodendron bodinieri, Mussaenda anomala, Taxus chinensis, Paphiopedilum emersonii, Paphiopedilum barbigerum and Paphiopedilum micranthum, Pinus kwangtungensis, Pseudotsuga sinensis, Pseudotsuga brevifolia, Calocedrus macrolepis, Tetrathyrium subcordatum, Trachycarpus nana, Emmenopterys henryi, Liriodendron chinense.[1]

Climate

Climate data for Libo (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 26.2
(79.2)
32.3
(90.1)
34.4
(93.9)
35.8
(96.4)
36.1
(97.0)
36.5
(97.7)
37.9
(100.2)
39.2
(102.6)
37.3
(99.1)
35.6
(96.1)
31.3
(88.3)
29.2
(84.6)
39.2
(102.6)
Average high °C (°F) 12.6
(54.7)
14.7
(58.5)
18.7
(65.7)
24.2
(75.6)
27.8
(82.0)
30.0
(86.0)
31.6
(88.9)
32.2
(90.0)
29.8
(85.6)
25.0
(77.0)
20.7
(69.3)
15.8
(60.4)
23.6
(74.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 8.5
(47.3)
10.5
(50.9)
14.1
(57.4)
19.2
(66.6)
22.8
(73.0)
25.2
(77.4)
26.4
(79.5)
26.2
(79.2)
23.8
(74.8)
19.6
(67.3)
15.0
(59.0)
10.4
(50.7)
18.5
(65.3)
Average low °C (°F) 5.7
(42.3)
7.7
(45.9)
10.9
(51.6)
15.7
(60.3)
19.2
(66.6)
22.0
(71.6)
23.2
(73.8)
22.6
(72.7)
19.9
(67.8)
16.1
(61.0)
11.4
(52.5)
6.8
(44.2)
15.1
(59.2)
Record low °C (°F) −4.3
(24.3)
−1.9
(28.6)
0.0
(32.0)
3.8
(38.8)
7.9
(46.2)
12.5
(54.5)
15.7
(60.3)
17.5
(63.5)
11.8
(53.2)
5.3
(41.5)
−0.1
(31.8)
−4.0
(24.8)
−4.3
(24.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 26.2
(1.03)
34.5
(1.36)
45.8
(1.80)
94.9
(3.74)
160.7
(6.33)
249.2
(9.81)
215.7
(8.49)
178.0
(7.01)
88.7
(3.49)
59.5
(2.34)
37.9
(1.49)
20.8
(0.82)
1,211.9
(47.71)
Average relative humidity (%) 74 74 75 77 78 82 83 82 79 77 76 72 77
Source: China Meteorological Data Service Center

References

  1. ^ a b c "South China Karst". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
  2. ^ a b "Plenty of new airports but few passengers in China: A construction spree brings flight service to some unlikely locales, and a hoped-for spurt in air traffic fails to materialize." David Pierson / Los Angeles Times / March 12, 2010
  3. ^ 民航机场业务量. CAAC. February 2010. Archived from the original (html) on July 18, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2010.