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Yining County (Chinese: 伊宁县) as the official romanized name, also transliterated from Uyghur as Gulja County (Uyghur: غۇلجا ناھىيىسى; Chinese: 固勒扎县), is a county within the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The county seat is in the town of Jélilyüzi (Uyghur: جېلىل يۈزى;吉里于孜, Jílǐyúzī).
Yining County does not include the adjacent city of Yining, which is a county-level administrative unit in its own right.
The county land area is 4486 km², with the population of 360,000 people as of 2004.
A larger area (around 4580 km²) and population (400,000) was reported for the county 2000; this decrease, and the corresponding increase of area and population for the City of Yining resulted from the transfer of the villages of Dadamtu (Uyghur: دادامتۇ, Дадамту;达达木图, Dádámùtú) and Penjim (Uyghur: پەنجىم, Пәнҗим;潘津, Pānjīn), with 100.45 km² of land, from the County to the City in 2004.
The county was created in 1888, and was originally known as Ningyuan (宁远, Níngyuǎn) County. It received its present name in 1914.
- Administrative division of Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture (in Chinese)
- Yining County info, at the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture government site. (in Chinese)
- About the history of Yining City and Huocheng County (in Chinese)
- County Government (in Chinese)
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