Manas County

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Manas County
Location of Manas County (pink) in Changji Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang (grey)
Location of Manas County (pink) in Changji Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang (grey)
Coordinates: 44°18′N 86°13′E / 44.300°N 86.217°E / 44.300; 86.217Coordinates: 44°18′N 86°13′E / 44.300°N 86.217°E / 44.300; 86.217
Country China
Province Xinjiang
Prefecture-level divisions Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture
Township-level divisions 6 towns
3 townships
3 ethnic townships
County seat Manas Town (玛纳斯镇)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

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; Xiao'erjing: مَانَاسِ ﺷِﯿًﺎ; Uyghur: ماناس ناھىيىسى, Манас Наһийиси‎, ULY: Manas Nahiyisi, UYY: Manas Nah̡iyisi?) is a county in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region under the administration of the Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture. It covers an area of 9,174 square kilometres (3,542 sq mi) and as of the 2002 census it had 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 (Т′уң-кан, Dungan) population."[1]


  1. ^ Lattimore, Owen (1930) High Tartary Boston: Little, Brown, and Company. p. 43.


Manas is served by China National Highway 312, the Northern Xinjiang and the Second Ürümqi-Jinghe Railways.