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Karamay

Kelamayi
Administration
Full nameKaramay/Qaramay
Official name克拉玛依市
Native nameقاراماي
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryChina
RegionXinjiang
Government
City seatKaramay District
Geography
Total Area3571.3 sq mi (9252 km2)
Demography
Total Population290000 (2002)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Major NationalitiesHan - 75%
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code834000
Area code0990
GDP per capita (2008)¥242,391
GDP (2008)¥66.1 billion

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Karamay, Qaramay or Kelamayi (also: Karamai) ( ; , Wade-Giles: K'o-la-ma-i) is a prefecture-level city in the north of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China. Qaramay comes from the Uyghur language, and means "black oil".

Karamay was the site of one of the worst disasters in modern Chinese history, the 12/8/94 incident, when 324 people, 288 of them school children, lost their lives in a cinema fire on 8 December 1994.


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