Beitun, Xinjiang

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北屯市 · بەيتۈن شەھىرى
Sub-prefecture-level city
Bäatün is located in Xinjiang
Location in Xinjiang
Coordinates: 47°21′30″N 87°49′05″E / 47.35833°N 87.81806°E / 47.35833; 87.81806Coordinates: 47°21′30″N 87°49′05″E / 47.35833°N 87.81806°E / 47.35833; 87.81806
Country People's Republic of China
Region Xinjiang
 • Total 910.5 km2 (351.5 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 76,300
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Beitun (Chinese: 北屯; pinyin: Běitún) is a city in the north of Xinjiang, People's Republic of China (PRC). Administratively, it is a county-level city under the direct administration of the regional government, though it is geographically located in Altay Prefecture.


Beitun City was established on 28 December 2011,[1] becoming the youngest city of the PRC. Beitun used to be a town within Altay City.

Beitun City covers an area of 910.5 square kilometres (351.5 sq mi) and has a population of 76,300. The city is located on the Irtysh River. Its name comes from the accolade "China's northernmost cultivation land" (Chinese: 中国最北的屯垦重地; pinyin: Zhōngguó zuìběi de túnkěn zhòngdì).


As a terminus of the Kuytun–Beitun Railway, Beitun is an important transportation hub between Mongolia, northern Xinjiang, and Kazakhstan. Beitun Station, located a few kilometers southwest of the city center (47°19′20″N 87°45′30″E / 47.32222°N 87.75833°E / 47.32222; 87.75833), has direct passenger railway service from Urumqi.

An extension of this railway toward Altay City is under construction; it is expected to open in 2016.[2]


  1. ^ 共和国最年轻的城市——新疆北屯市正式挂牌成立 (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ 阿勒泰区域双子城阿勒泰市和北屯市2016年将通火车 (2013-08-15)

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