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Ruili

Ruili
瑞丽市
County-level city
Ruili is located in Yunnan
Ruili
Location in Yunnan
Coordinates:
Country People's Republic of China
Province Yunnan
Prefecture Dehong
Area
 • Total 1,020 km2 (390 sq mi)
Elevation 777 m (2,549 ft)
Population
 • Total 140,000
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 678600
Area code(s) 0692
Website www.rl.gov.cn
www.rlr.gov.cn

Ruili (simplified Chinese: 瑞丽; traditional Chinese: 瑞麗; pinyin: Ruìlì) is a county-level city of Dehong Prefecture, in the west of Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. It is a major border crossing between China and Myanmar, with the town of Muse located across the border.

Contents

  • Name 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demography 3
  • Industrial parks 4
  • Transportation 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Name

ruì means "auspicious", and 丽 means "beautiful"; an older name of Ruili is Měngmǎo (勐卯).

Geography

Ruili is on the border with Myanmar. 64% of the population of Ruili are members of five highland and lowland ethnic minorities including Dai, Jingpo, Deang, Lisu, Achang. It is an important location for trade with Myanmar, in both legal and illegal goods and services. Prostitution and drug trade in the city are not uncommon.[1][2]

Ruili has a warm humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), and is generally humid. Summer is long and there is virtually no "winter" as such; instead, there is a dry season (December thru April) and wet season (May thru October). A drier heat prevails from February thru early May before the onset of the monsoon from the Indian Ocean. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 14.8 °C (58.6 °F) in January to 25.5 °C (77.9 °F) in June, while the annual mean is 21.6 °C (70.9 °F). Rainfall totals about 1,450 mm (57 in) annually, with nearly 70% of it occurring from June to September.

Climate data for Ruili (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 26.9
(80.4)
31.3
(88.3)
33.8
(92.8)
36.3
(97.3)
36.4
(97.5)
36.3
(97.3)
33.8
(92.8)
34.4
(93.9)
34.8
(94.6)
32.9
(91.2)
30.9
(87.6)
27.3
(81.1)
36.4
(97.5)
Average high °C (°F) 22.8
(73)
25.0
(77)
28.7
(83.7)
30.7
(87.3)
30.4
(86.7)
29.3
(84.7)
28.3
(82.9)
28.8
(83.8)
29.1
(84.4)
28.2
(82.8)
25.3
(77.5)
22.7
(72.9)
27.4
(81.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.8
(58.6)
16.8
(62.2)
20.3
(68.5)
23.3
(73.9)
24.9
(76.8)
25.5
(77.9)
25.0
(77)
25.2
(77.4)
24.9
(76.8)
23.2
(73.8)
19.4
(66.9)
15.9
(60.6)
21.6
(70.9)
Average low °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
8.6
(47.5)
11.9
(53.4)
16.0
(60.8)
19.4
(66.9)
21.8
(71.2)
21.8
(71.2)
21.7
(71.1)
20.8
(69.4)
18.2
(64.8)
13.6
(56.5)
9.1
(48.4)
15.8
(60.5)
Record low °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
2.2
(36)
5.5
(41.9)
9.7
(49.5)
13.6
(56.5)
16.3
(61.3)
16.5
(61.7)
15.8
(60.4)
15.4
(59.7)
9.5
(49.1)
5.2
(41.4)
2.2
(36)
1.4
(34.5)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 8.8
(0.346)
19.4
(0.764)
22.5
(0.886)
53.6
(2.11)
149.1
(5.87)
268.4
(10.567)
323.4
(12.732)
257.5
(10.138)
166.9
(6.571)
109.1
(4.295)
63.5
(2.5)
11.8
(0.465)
1,454
(57.244)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 2.7 4.4 5.6 11.1 18.2 24.9 27.4 24.4 18.8 13.5 8.4 3.6 163.0
Source: Weather China

Demography

Han Chinese and Dai mostly live in the valley, in the city; Jingpo and Deang live mostly in the outskirts in the surrounding hills.

Industrial parks

Wanding Border Economic Cooperation Zone (WTBECZ) is a Chinese State Council-approved Industrial Park based in Wanding Town of Ruili City founded in 1992 and was established to promote Sino–Burmese trade. The zone spans 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi) and is focuses on developing trading, processing, agriculture resources and tourism.[3]

Ruili Border Economic Cooperation Zone (RLBECZ) is a Chinese State Council-approved Industrial Park based in Ruili founded in 1992 and was established to promote trade between China and Myanmar. The area's import and export trade include the processing industry, local agriculture and biological resources are very promising. Sino-Myanmar business is growing fast. Myanmar is now one of Yunnan's biggest foreign trade partners. In 1999, Sino-Myanmar trade accounted for 77.4% of Yunnan's foreign trade. In the same year, exports for electromechanical equipments came up to US$55.28 million. Main exports here include fiber cloth, cotton yarn, ceresin wax, mechanical equipments, fruits, rice seeds, fiber yarn and tobacco.[4]

Transportation

The Dali–Ruili Railway, which will connect Ruili with China's national railway network, is under construction.

References

  1. ^ Moe, Kyaw Zwa (January 2005). "Yunnan's Sin City".  
  2. ^ Sex, Drugs and The Roll of Dice, Time Asia, September 27, 1999
  3. ^ RightSite.asia | Wanding Border Economic Cooperation Zone
  4. ^ RightSite.asia | Ruili Border Economic Cooperation Zone

External links

  • Ruili City Official Website
  • Ruili Municipal People's Government
  • Article about Ruili's economy
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