Manas County, also written Manass ((simplified Chinese: 玛纳斯县; traditional Chinese: 瑪納斯縣; pinyin: Mǎnàsī Xiàn; Wade–Giles: Ma-na-szŭ Hsien); Uyghur: ماناس ناھىيىسى, ULY: Manas Nahiyisi, UYY: Manas Nah̡iyisi?) is a county in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is under the administration of the Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture. It contains an area of 9,174 km2. According to the 2002 census, it has a population of 170,000.
The county seat is the old town of Manas (玛纳斯), located on the Manasi River just east of Shihezi.
Manass has been called: “the biggest city (after Urumchi) in the biggest oasis on the biggest river of the North Road, and the chief centre of the T’ung-kan population (Dungan people).”
- ^ High Tartary. Owen Lattimore. Boston, Little, Brown, and Company. (1930), p. 43.
Manas is served by China National Highway 312, the Northern Xinjiang and the Second Ürümqi-Jinghe Railways.
Coordinates: 44°18′N 86°13′E / 44.300°N 86.217°E