Keriya County

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Keriya County
كېرىيە ناھىيىسى
于田县
County
Location of the county
Location of the county
Country China
Province Xinjiang
Prefecture-level divisions Hotan Prefecture
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

The Keriya (Kériye) County (Chinese: 于田县, Pinyin: Yútián Xiàn; Uyghur: كېرىيە ناھىيىسى‎, ULY: Kériye Nahiyisi, UYY: Keriyə Nah̡iyisi?)[1] or Yutian (Yútián) County is a county within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is under the administration of the Hotan Prefecture. It contains an area of 39,023 km². According to the 2002 census, it has a population of 220,000. Its government is located at Keriya Town.

History[edit]

Yutian County (于阗 县) was formed in 1882, its administrative center was Karakash, and Keriya was only a post station. In 1885, the administrative center of the county was moved to Keriya. The ancient name of Keriya was Ganmi (Gyuymi, Umi). The names Yutian and Ganmi were used by the Chinese envoy Zhang Qian in his 125 BCE report on his embassy's travels.

In 1959, the official Chinese spelling of the name "Yutian" was changed from 于阗 to 于田.

Administrative division[edit]

Yutian County consists of 2 villages and 13 parishes.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The official spelling is "Keriya" according to Zhōngguó dìmínglù 中国地名录 (Beijing, SinoMaps Press 中国地图出版社 1997); ISBN 7-5031-1718-4; p. 306.

Coordinates: 36°52′N 81°42′E / 36.867°N 81.700°E / 36.867; 81.700