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Ürümqi

Wulumuqi
Administration
Full nameÜrümqi
Official nameئۈرۈمچى شەھىرى · 乌鲁木齐市
Native nameئۈرۈمچی
乌鲁木齐
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
RegionXinjiang
County-level divisions8
Government
CPC Committee SecretaryZhu Hailun
MayorJerla Isamudin (吉尔拉·衣沙木丁 / جەرۇللاھ ھېسامىدىن)
Geography
Total Area4241.8 sq mi (10989 km2)
Urban Area319.6 sq mi (828 km2)
Metro Area1706.9 sq mi (4422 km2)
Demography
Total Population3110280 (2010 census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)2302146
Metro (pop.)2744280
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard Time (UTC+8)
Postal code830000
Area code991
License plate prefixes新A
GDP (2008)CNY 102 billion
- per capitaCNY 43,211
ISO 3166-2CN-65-01

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Ürümqi (c-eniconuːˈruːmtʃi; ; ), formerly Tihwa ( ), is the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, in the northwest of the country.

With a built up population of 2,744,280 as of 2010 census (5 urban districts plus Midong) and 2.3 in urban districts, Ürümqi, whose name means "beautiful pasture" in the Mongolian language of the Dzungar people, is the largest city in China's western interior. Since the 1990s Ürümqi has developed economically and now serves as a regional transport node and commercial centre.


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