The Huocheng (Korgas) County (simplified Chinese: 霍城县; traditional Chinese: 霍城縣; pinyin: Huòchéng Xiàn; Uyghur: قورغاس ناھىيىسى, ULY: Qorghas Nahiyisi, official (strict): K̂orĝas Naĥiyisi) is situated within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and under the administration of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. It's located between Yining and the border to Kazakhstan, occupies an area of 5,466 km2 (2,110 sq mi) and has a population of 360,000 (2004 estimate). Including the Han and Uyghur nationalities, there are twenty nine ethnic groups living in the county.
Towns and villages
The county includes 5 towns (镇), 3 villages (乡), and 2 ethnic-minority villages (民族乡).
- Süydüng (水定) (the county seat);
- Chingsixoza (清水河),
- Losigung (芦草沟),
- Küre (惠远),
- Sarbulaq (萨尔布拉克, Sarbulaq)
- Lengger (兰干),
- Sandixoza (三道河),
- IchigashenXibe ethnic village (伊车嘎善锡伯族乡),
- Sengung Hui ethnic village (三宫回族乡),
The Jinghe–Yining–Khorgas Railway through Huocheng county was completed in 2010, reaching practically to the Kazakhstan border. There are plans to construct a connecting railway line on the Kazakh side, creating China's second railway link to Central Asia besides Alashankou.
- Huocheng County information, at the site of Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture (Chinese)
- County Map (Chinese)
- Thoughts about the history of Yining City and Huocheng County (the writer's point of view on how the places should be called) (Chinese)
- Henry Lansdell, "Russian Central Asia: Including Kuldja, Bokhara, Khiva and Merv", vol. I. Full text available at Google Books; there is also a 2001 facsimile reprint of the 1885 edition, ISBN 1-4021-7762-3. (Chapters XIV-XVI in Volume I describe Lansdell's visit to the area in the early 1880s, soon after the Russian withdrawal). (English)
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