Beitun, Xinjiang



بەيتۈن شەھىرى
Beitun is located in Xinjiang
Location in Xinjiang
Coordinates: 47°21′30″N87°49′05″E / 47.35833°N 87.81806°E / 47.35833; 87.81806Coordinates: 47°21′30″N87°49′05″E / 47.35833°N 87.81806°E / 47.35833; 87.81806
Country People's Republic of China
Region Xinjiang
 • Total 910.5 km2 (351.5 sq mi)
 • Total 76,300
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Beitun, Xinjiang
Chinese name
Chinese 北屯
Uyghur name
Uyghur بەيتۈن

Beitun is a city in the north of Xinjiang, China. 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 was established on 28 December 2011,[1] making it the youngest city in China at the time. It was established from portions of Altay City.

Beitun covers an area of 910.5 square kilometres (351.5 sq mi), has a population of 76,300, and 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″N87°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 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ 阿勒泰区域双子城阿勒泰市和北屯市2016年将通火车. Sina Weibo. 15 August 2013.
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