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Yinchuan

Yinchuan
Administration
Full nameYinchuan
Official name银川市
Native name银川
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
RegionNingxia
Government
MayorWang Rugui
Geography
Total Area1724.3 sq mi (4467 km2)
Urban Area789.4 sq mi (2045 km2)
Metro Area789.4 sq mi (2045 km2)
Elevation3608 ft (1099.7 m)
Demography
Total Population1993088 (2010 census)
Urban (pop.)1290170
Metro (pop.)1290170
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard Time (UTC+8)
Postal code750000
Area code951
License plate prefixes宁A

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Yinchuan () is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, and former capital of the Western Xia Empire of the Tanguts. It has an area of 4,467 km2 and a total population of 1.99 million. Its built up area is home to 1,290,170 inhabitants spread on 3 urban districts. The name of the city literally means "silver river"; the character for "river" (川) is the same as that in Sichuan, but not as those in, for example, the Yellow River (黄河) or Yangtze River (长江).


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