: Yúlín) is a prefecture-level city
in the Shaanxi
province of the People's Republic of China
. It has an area of 43,578 km² and a population of 3,380,000.
Geography and climate
Yulin is the northernmost prefecture-level city of Shaanxi province, and borders the provincial-level divisions of Inner Mongolia
to the north, Shanxi
to the east and Ningxia
to the west as well as Yan'an
City to the south. To the north and northwest of the city lies the Ordos Desert
, though the countryside is very green due to the many small shrubs which have been planted to slow the process of desertification
. The city is based in a valley which extends north-south, which rises to a very large vantage point to the north east, where a spectacular view of the west and northwest is seen.
Yulin has a continental
-influenced semi-arid climate
), with very cold, rather long winters, and hot and somewhat humid summers. Monthly averages range from to in July, and the annual mean is . Spring is especially prone to sandstorms blowing in from the northwest. There is only of precipitation annually, 73% of which occurs from June to September. Due to the aridity, diurnal temperature variation
is large for most of the year, averaging annually, and sunshine is abundant, averaging 2,780 hours annually.
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