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Doilungdêqên ( ; Wylie: Stod-lung-bde-chen rdzong ; simplified Chinese: 堆龙德庆县; pinyin: Duīlóngdéqìng Xiàn) is a county north-west of the main centre of Lhasamarker, Tibet. Tsurphu Monasterymarker is located in the county.


Landscape near Tsurphu Monastery
Doilungdêgên County is located in central and southern Tibet and is a suburb of Lhasamarker. It covers an area of 2682 square kilometers, with 9.6 million mu of cultivated land. It has jurisdiction over 11 townships, one town, and 89 village committees. Doilungdêqên Town has a notable missile base and is located just 11 or 12 kilometres from Lhasa. Other towns include Donggarmarker and Ryugo. The county was established in under the Lhasa Municipal People's Government. The Yarlung Tsangpo river (Brahmaputra) flows through the county from west to east. The maximum altitude is 5,500 meters, with the lowest elevation at 3640 meters. The valley to the southeast of the county is flat and open and is a temperate semi-arid monsoon plateau area. Precipitation during the rainy season is concentrated with intense solar radiation but a low temperature. Annual sunshine is about 3,000 hours, with an annual frost-free period of 120 days. Annual precipitation is 440 millimeters on average and natural disasters, droughts, hail, frost, snow, pests, floods and so on are common.


The main mineral resources are coal, iron, clay, lead, zinc and so on. Wildlife resources are: river deer, otters, brown bears, leopards, black-necked crane, Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Chinese caterpillar fungus, Fritillaria, snow lotus etc.

Doilungdêgên County is based on agriculture. It is rich in wheat, spring wheat, barley, peas, beans, potatoes and so on. In 2004, 5.22 million mu of grain was sown. Livestock is also important with cows, sheep, goats, poultry and so on.



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