Aral, Xinjiang

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Aral
阿拉尔市ئارال شەھىرى
Sub-prefecture-level city
Aral (red) in Xinjiang province (orange) and China
Aral (red) in Xinjiang province (orange) and China
Coordinates: 40°30′56″N 81°15′49″E / 40.51556°N 81.26361°E / 40.51556; 81.26361
Country China
Province Xinjiang
Area
 • Total 5,258.739 km2 (2,030.410 sq mi)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 166,205
 • Density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Aral, Ala'er or Alar (simplified Chinese: 阿拉尔; traditional Chinese: 阿拉爾; pinyin: Ālā'ěr; Uyghur: ئارال‎, ULY: Aral[1] is a sub-prefecture-level city in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in the People's Republic of China. Aral in Uighur means "island."[2] Official spelling is 'Aral' but it is often written as 'Alar'.

History[edit]

The city was created by the Xinjiang production and Construction Corp as a means of emigration of Han Chinese to the region. Aral was opened as its own city in 2002 and thus saw a steady increase of population, reaching 166,205 in 2010.

Education[edit]

This city is also the location of Tarim University.

Geography[edit]

The city is officially 5,258.739 square kilometers. It is bordered by mountainous regions to the north and northwest and the Taklamakhan desert to the east and south.

See Also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The official spelling is Aral, according to the Zhōngguó dìmínglù 中国地名录 (Beijing, SinoMaps Press 中国地图出版社 1997); ISBN 7-5031-1718-4; p. 1, 299.
  2. ^ http://www.uighurdictionary.com/cgi-bin/eudict_ud.pl

Coordinates: 40°30′56″N 81°15′49″E / 40.51556°N 81.26361°E / 40.51556; 81.26361