Beitun, Xinjiang

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Beitun
北屯市بەيتۈن شەھىرى
Sub-prefecture-level city
Beitun is located in Xinjiang
Beitun
Beitun
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
Area
 • 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.

Overview[edit]

Beitun City was established on 28 December 2011,[1] becoming the youngest city of the PRC at the time. It was established out of portions of 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).

Transportation[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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