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Hulunbuir

Hulunbuir
Administration
Full nameHulunbuir
Official name呼伦贝尔市
Native name 
 
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryChina
RegionInner Mongolia
Government
Prefecture seatHailar District
Geography
Total Area101885.9 sq mi (263953 km2)
Demography
Total Population2710000 (2004)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Major nationalitiesHan - 81.85%
Mongols - 8.6%
Manchu - 4.13%
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code021000
Area code0470

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Hulunbuir ( , Hölün buyir; ) is a region that is governed as a prefecture-level city in northeastern Inner Mongolia, in the People's Republic of China. Its administrative center is located at Hailar District, its largest urban area.

Until October 10, 2001, Hulun Buir was administered as a League. The area is 263953 km2 (263953000000 m2) and population 2.710 million as of 2004, while the gross domestic product was RMB 21.326 billion. The jurisdiction area of the city is actually larger than many Chinese provinces (and 42 U.S. states), and Hulun Buir is recognized as the largest city in the world by area, although the actual urban agglomeration is just a very small part of the region, and the average population density of the area is very low.

Major scenic features are the high steppes of the Hulun Buir grasslands, the Hulun and Buir lakes (the latter partially in Mongolia), and the Khingan range. Hulun Buir borders Russia, Mongolia, Heilongjiang province and Hinggan League.

Historically, the eastern part of the area is also known as Barga.

Hulunbuir is a linguistically diverse area: next to Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian dialects such as Khorchin and Buryat, the Mongolic language Dagur and some Tungusic languages are spoken there.


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