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Kashgar Prefecture

Coordinates: 39°28′N 75°59′E / 39.47°N 75.99°E / 39.47; 75.99
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Kashgar Prefecture
قەشقەر ۋىلايىتى
Kashagiri, Srikrirati, Kashi, K'a-shih
Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar City
Kashgar Prefecture (red) in Xinjiang (orange)
Kashgar Prefecture (red) in Xinjiang (orange)
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture seatKashgar[1]
County-level divisions1 county-level city,
11 counties[1]
 • Prefecture112,057 km2 (43,265 sq mi)
 • Urban
555 km2 (214 sq mi)
 • Metro
555 km2 (214 sq mi)
 (2020 census)
 • Prefecture4,496,400
 • Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • Metro
Ethnic groups
 • Major ethnic groupsUyghur, Han Chinese
 • PrefectureCN¥ 136.9 billion
US$ 20.4 billion
 • Per capitaCN¥ 28,714
US$ 4,269
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
ISO 3166 codeCN-XJ-31
License Plate新Q
WebsiteKashgar Prefecture Government
Kashgar Prefecture
Uyghur name
Uyghurقەشقەر ۋىلايىتى
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese喀什地区
Traditional Chinese喀什地區
Hanyu PinyinKāshí Dìqū
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese喀什噶尔地区
Traditional Chinese喀什噶爾地區
Hanyu PinyinPRC Standard Mandarin: Kāshígá'ěr Dìqū
ROC Standard Mandarin: Kàshígé'ěr Dìqū
Kazakh name
Kazakh قاشقار ايماعى
Қашқар аймағы
Qaşqar aimağy
Kyrgyz name
Kyrgyzقاشقار ايماعى
Кашкар аймагы
Qaşqar ajmağy
Uzbek name
Uzbekقشقر ولايتى
Қашқар Вилояти
Qashqar viloyati

Kashgar Prefecture,[3][4][5][6][7][8] also known as Kashi Prefecture,[9][10] is located in southwestern Xinjiang, China, located in the Tarim Basin region (roughly the southern half of Xinjiang). It has an area of 112,057 km2 (43,265 sq mi) and 4,496,377 inhabitants at the 2020 census[11] with a population density of 35.5 inhabitants/km2. The capital of the prefecture is the city of Kashgar which has a population 506,640.[12]

Kashgar Prefecture borders the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan, Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan, Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan[13] and Ladakh of India in the far south.


After the Communist takeover, Kashgar Prefecture (喀什專區) and Yarkant Prefecture (莎車專區) were established.

In 1902, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the prefecture.[14] It caused extreme devastation, destroying 30,000 homes and killing as many as 10,000 people.[15]

One of the most mysterious events that occurred in the early 1950s (and perhaps earlier),[16] was the closure of the Indian Consulate in Kashgar.

In 1955, Barin, Jamaterek and Ujme, which were part of Yengisar County, became part of Akto County and Bulungkol was transferred to Akto County in Kizilsu from Tashkurgan County in today's Kashgar Prefecture.[17]

In June 1956, Yarkant Prefecture was dissolved and made part of Kashgar Prefecture.[18][19]

In January 1979, Kashgar zhuānqū Prefecture (喀什专区) became Kashgar dìqū Prefecture (喀什地区).[18]

In August 1982, Kashgar Prefecture opened a frontier post to exchange goods with Pakistan.[6]: 223 

In 1992, it was proposed for 500,000 persons displaced by the Three Gorges Dam project, primarily Han Chinese, to be relocated to Kashgar Prefecture. The plans were met with widespread criticism in Xinjiang and internationally and were dropped.[20][21]

In February 2002, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake killed 267 people in Maralbexi County and Payzawat County.[22]

After a lengthy detention, in December 2009, Alimujiang Yimiti / Alimjan Yimit, Uyghur leader of an unregistered Christian church, was sentenced to 15 years in jail by the Kashgar Prefecture Intermediate People's Court for "illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to foreign entities". In 2008, his detention was ruled in violation of international standards of due process by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.[7]


Most of the prefecture has a cold desert climate.

The second-highest peak on Earth, K2, is located on the China–Pakistan border in southern Kashgar Prefecture[23] in an area claimed by India as part of the Trans-Karakoram Tract.

Administrative divisions[edit]

(Outdated map: On October 21, 2014, Aqqash Township (Akekashi) was transferred from Konaxahar (Shufu) County to Kashgar city.[24])
# Name Uyghur (UEY) Uyghur Latin (ULY) Chinese (S)[1][18][25] Hanyu Pinyin Population (2020 Census) Area (km2) Density (/km2)
1 Kashgar (Kashi) قەشقەر شەھىرى Qeshqer Shehiri 喀什 Kāshí Shì 782,662 1,003 780.32
2 Shufu County كونا شەھەر ناھىيىسى Konasheher Nahiyisi 疏附 Shūfù Xiàn 263,014 2709 97.09
3 Shule County (Yengixahar County) يېڭىشەھەر ناھىيىسى Yéngisheher Nahiyisi 疏勒 Shūlè Xiàn 355,544 2,159 164.68
4 Yengisar County يېڭىسار ناھىيىسى Yéngisar Nahiyisi 英吉沙 Yīngjíshā Xiàn 276,641 3,425 80.77
5 Poskam County (Zepu County) پوسكام ناھىيىسى Poskam Nahiyisi 泽普 Zépǔ Xiàn 214,543 988 217.15
6 Yarkant County (Shache County) يەكەن ناھىيىسى Yeken Nahiyisi 莎车 Shāchē Xiàn 860,800 8,957 96,10
7 Kargilik County (Yecheng County) قاغىلىق ناھىيىسى Qaghiliq Nahiyisi 叶城 Yèchéng Xiàn 525,436 28,559 18.40
8 Makit County مەكىت ناھىيىسى Mekit Nahiyisi 麦盖提 Màigàití Xiàn 224,154 10,883 20.60
9 Yopurga County يوپۇرغا ناھىيىسى Yopurgha Nahiyisi 岳普湖 Yuèpǔhú Xiàn 162,675 3,128 52.01
10 Payzawat County (Jiashi; Peyziwat) پەيزاۋات ناھىيىسى Peyzawat Nahiyisi 伽师 Jiāshī Xiàn 424,821 6,528 65.08
11 Maralbexi County (Bachu County) مارالبېشى ناھىيىسى Maralbéshi Nahiyisi 巴楚 Bāchǔ Xiàn 366,141 18,377 19.92
12 Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County تاشقورغان تاجىك ئاپتونوم ناھىيىسى Tashqorghan Tajik Aptonom Nahiyisi 塔什库尔干塔吉克自治县 Tǎshíkù'ěrgān Tǎjíkè Zìzhìxiàn 39,946 24,682 1.62


As of the end of 2017, 4,295,200 of the 4,649,700 residents of the prefecture were Uyghur, 288,000 were Han Chinese and 66,500 were from other ethnic groups.[26]

The population of Kashgar Prefecture was 4,499,158 according to the 2015 census. It has a population density of 35.5 inhabitants per km2.[27]

As of 2015, 4,140,255 of the 4,499,158 residents of the prefecture were Uyghur, 292,972 were Han Chinese and 65,931 were from other ethnic groups.[28]

The population growth of Kashgar declined significantly between 2015 and 2018.[29]

As of 1999, 89.37% of the population of Kashgar (Kasi) Prefecture was Uyghur and 9.1% of the population was Han Chinese.[30]

In 1997, the population of Kashgar Prefecture was 3,145,000 with Uyghurs making up 89.4% of the total.[18]

As of 1983–4, Kashgar Prefecture had 6,180 mosques.[5]

In the mid-1980's, there were two million Uyghurs in Kashgar Prefecture and 360,000 Han Chinese.[6]: 224 

Population by ethnicity
Ethnicity 2000[31] 2010[32] 2015[28]
Population % Population % Population %
Uyghur 3,042,942 89.32% 3,606,779 90.60% 4,140,255 92.02%
Han 311,770 9.15% 318,281 8.00% 292,972 6.51%
Tajik 33,611 0.99% 40,111 1.01%
Kyrgyz 5,078 0.15% 5,528 0.14%
Hui 5,046 0.15% 4,816 0.12%
Uzbek 2,496 0.07% 2,050 0.05%
Korean 1,078 0.03% 1,457 0.03%
Tujia 829 0.02% 156 <0.01%
Miao 649 0.02%
Mongol 634 0.02% 234 <0.01%
Tibetan 530 0.02% 158 <0.01%
Zhuang 521 0.02% 234 <0.01%
Kazakhs 306 0.01%
Others 1,607 0.05% 638 0.02% 65,931 1.47%
Total 3,406,791 100% 3,980,778 100% 4,499,158 100%

Historical maps[edit]

Historical English-language maps including modern-day Kashgar Prefecture area:

See also[edit]


  2. ^ From map: "The representation of international boundaries is not necessarily authoritative."
  3. ^ From map: "The representation of international boundaries is not necessarily authoritative"


  1. ^ a b c 喀什概况 [Kashgar Overview] (in Chinese (China)). Kashgar Prefecture People's Government. 26 December 2018. Archived from the original on 24 October 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020. 喀什地区下辖1个市和11个县,即喀什市、疏附县、疏勒县、英吉沙县、岳普湖县、伽师县、莎车县、泽普县、叶城县、麦盖提县、巴楚县、塔什库尔干塔吉克自治县。喀什市是喀什地区行署所在地,
  2. ^ "喀什地区2022年国民经济和社会发展统计公报(2020" (in Chinese). 16 May 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Vocational Education and Training in Xinjiang". State Council of the People's Republic of China (China Daily). 17 August 2019. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020. For some time Xinjiang, especially Kashgar Prefecture, Hotan Prefecture, Aksu Prefecture and Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture in the south, where religious extremism has had a long and widespread presence, suffered badly from frequent acts of terrorism.
  4. ^ Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (2010). 建筑抗震设计规范 [GB50011-2010: Code for Seismic Design of Buildings] (in English and Simplified Chinese). Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press. p. 203 – via Google Books. Kashgar Region
  5. ^ a b James D. Seymour (1985). China Rights Annals 1 Human Rights Developments in the People's Republic of China from October 1983 through September 1984. M. E. Sharpe. p. 90. ISBN 9780873323208 – via Internet Archive. There are 6,180 mosques in Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture alone.
  6. ^ a b c Tiziano Terzani (1985). The Forbidden Door. Asia 2000 Ltd. p. 223, 224. ISBN 9789627160014 – via Internet Archive. in August 1982, Kashgar Prefecture opened a frontier post to exchange goods with Pakistan;{...}In Kashgar Prefecture there are two million Uighurs. The Han number only 360,000, but they are the ones in command.
  7. ^ a b Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, US Department of State (2011). "International Religious Freedom Report for 2011 China (Includes Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau)". p. 10 – via Internet Archive.
  8. ^ "Kashgar Jinhuyang Cultural and Tourism Festival kicks off". Tianshannet. October 21, 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018 – via Internet Archive. Citizens visit Jinhuyang National Forest Park at the opening ceremony of the 9th Kashgar Jinhuyang Cultural and Tourism Festival in Zepu county of Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region , Oct .18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Section 21 – the Kingdom of Shule 疏勒 (Kashgar)".
  10. ^ Zheng C, Fu J, Li Z, Lin G, Jiang D, Zhou XN (8 December 2018). "Spatiotemporal Variation and Hot Spot Detection of Visceral Leishmaniasis Disease in Kashi Prefecture, China". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15 (12): 2784. doi:10.3390/ijerph15122784. PMC 6313707. PMID 30544811. The results indicated that VL continues to be a serious public health problem in Kashi Prefecture, China, particularly in the north-central region of Jiashi County, which is a relatively high-risk area in which hot spots are distributed.
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  20. ^ Pierre-Antoine Donnet (1990). Tibet: Survival in Question. Translated by Tica Broch. p. 100-101 – via Internet Archive. Concerning Xinjiang, the China Daily announced on 5 December 1992 that the Peking authorities had chosen the Kashgar region as the new home for almost 500,000 Chinese who would be displaced by the immense Three Gorges Dam project. Once the massive dam on the Yangtze river is operative, a great deal of farmland in central China's Hubei province will be permanently under water. When the final go-ahead is obtained for the project, says the official Chinese daily, 100,000 Chinese farmers will immediately be relocated in Kashgar prefecture, which is expected to absorb 480,000 in the long run. It goes without saying that a population transfer on this scale runs a real risk of further destabilizing an area where, as we have already seen, considerable Chinese Han immigration has taken place since the 1950s.
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  23. ^ 山脉平原. Kashgar Prefecture People's Government. 29 December 2018. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020. 世界上海拔在8000米以上的14座高峰中,有4座便坐落在喀喇昆仑山脉之中,其中海拔8611米的世界第二高峰——乔戈里峰,是喀喇昆仑山的主峰。
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  25. ^ 2019年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:喀什地区 (in Simplified Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. 2019. Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020. 统计用区划代码 名称 653101000000 喀什市 653121000000 疏附县 653122000000 疏勒县 653123000000 英吉沙县 653124000000 泽普县 653125000000 莎车县 653126000000 叶城县 653127000000 麦盖提县 653128000000 岳普湖县 653129000000 伽师县 653130000000 巴楚县 653131000000 塔什库尔干塔吉克自治县
  26. ^ 喀什地区2017年国民经济和社会发展统计公报 (in Simplified Chinese). Kashgar Prefecture People's Government. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2020. 年末人口总户数119.08万户,总人口464.97万人,比上年增加13.5万人,城镇人口106.50万人,占总人口比重为22.90%。汉族人口28.8万人,占总人口比重为6.2%;维吾尔族人口429.52万人,占总人口比重为92.4%;塔吉克族人口4.35万人,占总人口比重为0.94%;其他民族人口2万人,占总人口比重为0.43%。全年出生率12.83‰,死亡率4.82‰,人口自然增长率8.01‰。
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39°28′N 75°59′E / 39.47°N 75.99°E / 39.47; 75.99