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Bazhong is a prefecture-level city in north-eastern Sichuan province, China. Its population was 3,283,771 at the 2010 census whom 1,126,790 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made up of Bazhou urban district.HistoryBazhong was made a prefecture-level city in 1993. Its history, however, goes back much further. During the Xia and Shang Dynasties, it was purportedly a vassal territory of the Liang State. In the Spring and Autumn Period, it was called Bazi (巴子). In the Qin and Western Han dynasties it was called Ba County (巴郡). In the Eastern Han Dynasty around the year 100 AD it was changed to Hanchang County. One hundred years later it reverted to Baxi County (巴西). Since then, it has usually either been called Liang County (梁郡) or Yi County (益州).GeographyBazhong is located at the southern end of the Daba Mountains, and borders Shaanxi province in the north, Dazhou to the east, Nanchong to the south, and Guangyuan to the west. Its area is. The area is mountainous with elevations ranging from 208.3to above sea level.Bazhong has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa) and is largely mild and humid, with four distinct seasons. Winter is short, mild, and foggy, though actual precipitation is low. January averages 5.8°C, and while frost may occur, snow is rare. Summers are long, hot and humid, with highs often reaching. The daily average in July and August is around, with August being slightly warmer. Spring is warm and temperatures rise quickly but unstably, and hail is common. Rainfall is light in winter and can be heavy in summer, and more than 70% of the annual total occurs from May to September. The annual frost-free period lasts from 260 to 280 days.
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