Yining (Chinese: 伊宁), also known as Ghulja (Uyghur: غۇلجا) or Qulja (Kazakh: قۇلجا, Qulja),[b] and formerly Ningyuan (寧遠) is a county-level city in northwestern Xinjiang, People's Republic of China, and the seat of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. Historically, Yining is the successor to the ruined city of Almaliq in neighbouring Huocheng County.
غۇلجا شەھىرى (Uighur)
قۇلجا قالاسى (Kazakh)
Town square in Yining (Gulja) in July 2005
Location in Xinjiang
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Autonomous prefecture||Ili (Kazakh)|
|• County-level city||629 km2 (243 sq mi)|
| • Urban|
|49 km2 (19 sq mi)|
|• County-level city||542,507|
|• Density||860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
| • Urban|
|• Urban density||7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard[a])|
|Alternative Chinese name|
The city of Yining is a county-level administrative unit located along Ili River. As of 2015, it has an estimated population of 542,507, with a total land area of 629 km2 (243 sq mi). It is the most populous city in the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.
The land area and population of the City of Yining saw an increase in 2003; the increase resulted from the transfer of two villages with some 100 km2 (39 sq mi) of land from the adjacent Yining County, which is a separate administrative unit from the city.
From 13-15th century it was under the control of Chagatai Khanate known as Mughulistan empire with its capital Almaligh, Turpan, Tashkent, Yarkent and Kashgar. Another Mongul empire—the Zunghar Khanate—established around Ili area. In the 19th and early 20th century, the word Kuldja or Ghulja was often used in Russia and in the West as the name for the entire Chinese part of the Ili River basin as well as for its two main cities. The usage of 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica is fairly characteristic: it defines Kulja as a "territory in north-west China" bounded by the Russian border and the mountains that surround the Ili basin, and it talks about two major cities of the region:
Until the 1860s Huiyuan to the south of Suiding was the regional capital.
The fort of Ningyuan (寧遠城) was built in 1762 to accommodate new settlers from southern Xinjing. The forts of Huining (惠寧城) and Xichun (熙春城) built later in 1765 and 1780 were also located within the modern Yining City.
The Sino-Russian Treaty of Kulja 1851 opened the area for trade.
In 1864-66, the city suffered severely from fighting during the Dungan Revolt. The city and the rest of the Ili River basin were seized by the Russians in 1871 during Yakub Beg's independent rule of Kashgaria. It was restored to the Chinese under the terms of the Treaty of Saint Petersburg (1881). In 1888 the Ningyuan County was established.
The Geographical Magazine in 1875 by Sir Clements Robert Markham stated:
What little industry Kulja possesses is all due to the Chinese, who transplanted the taste for art, assiduity and skilfulness of their pigtailed race, even to these western outskirts of "the celestial flowery dominion of the Middle." Had the Taranjis and Kalmuks been left to themselves, or had they remained in a preponderating majority, Kulja would not be a bit farther advanced than either Yarkand or Aksu. The principal trades are the following:— founders, manufacturing kettles, plates, and other implements of a very primitive form; paper-makers, whose productions do not seem to be superior to the paper manufactured at the present time after Chinese patterns at Khokand and Samarkand. There are, moreover, some confectionaries in which cakes of all shapes are baked of rice and millet, overlaid with sugar; also maccaroni-makers, the Taranjis being notoriously very fond of dried farinaceous food. In Eastern Turkistan there still exist many similar trades, and although their products are not equal to European articles of the same kind—I mean here the fabrics of the formerly western Chinese provinces— they are still said to be profitable. Finally among the tradesmen we may mention millers, vinegar manufacturers and potters. The number of factories amount to-day at Kulja to 38, wherein over 131 hands are occupied. To this of course other tradespeople have to be added, such as 169 boot-makers, 50 blacksmiths, 48 carpenters, 11 brass-founders, 3 silversmiths, 26 stone-cutters, and 2 tailors.
In 1914 the Ningyuan County was renamed Yining County to avoid confusion with other places in China named Ningyuan.
In 1997, in what came to be known as the Gulja Incident or massacre, the city was rocked by two days of demonstrations or riots followed by a government crack down resulting in at least 9 deaths following the execution of 30 Uighur activists.
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Yining is located on the northern side of the Ili River in the Dzungarian basin, about 70 km (43 mi) east of the border with Kazakhstan, and about 710 km (440 mi) west of Ürümqi. The Ili River valley is far wetter than most of Xinjiang and has rich grazing land.
Yining (Gulja) has a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk), without the strong variation in seasonal precipitation seen across most of China. Dry and sunny weather dominates year-round. Winters are cold, with a January average of −8.8 °C (16.2 °F). Yet the influence of the Dzungarian Altau to the northwest and Boroboro Mountains to the northeast helps keep the city warmer than more easterly locales on a similar latitude. Summers are hot, with a July average of 23.1 °C (73.6 °F). Diurnal temperature ranges tend to be large from April to October. The annual mean temperature is 8.98 °C (48.2 °F). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 53% in December to 73% in August and September, sunshine is abundant and the city receives 2,834 hours of bright sunshine annually.
|Climate data for Yining (Gulja) (1971–2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||−2.1
|Average low °C (°F)||−15
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||17.9
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||8.1||7.6||8.1||7.6||8.6||9.1||8.1||6.2||4.4||6.7||7.4||8.3||90.2|
|Average relative humidity (%)||78||78||70||55||58||59||56||54||57||66||74||78||65|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||159.7||170.9||213.8||252.2||291.5||299.6||327.4||316.0||274.8||213.8||168.6||145.7||2,834|
|Percent possible sunshine||56||58||58||63||64||65||70||73||73||68||58||53||64|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration |
|Name||Simplified Chinese||Hanyu Pinyin||Uyghur (UEY)||Uyghur Latin (ULY)|
|Sayibuyi Subdistrict||萨依布依街道||Sàyībùyī Jiēdào|
|Dunmaili Subdistrict||墩买里街道||Dūnmǎilǐ Jiēdào|
|Yili He Lu Subdistrict||伊犁河路街道||Yīlí Hé Lù Jiēdào|
|Kazanqi Subdistrict||喀赞其街道||Kāzànqí Jiēdào|
|Doulaitibage Subdistrict||都来提巴格街道||Dōuláitíbāgé Jiēdào|
|Qiongkeruike Subdistrict||琼科瑞克街道||Qióngkēruìkè Jiēdào|
|Ailanmubage Subdistrict||艾兰木巴格街道||Àilánmùbāgé Jiēdào|
|Jiefang Lu Subdistrict||解放路街道||Jiěfàng Lù Jiēdào|
|Bayandai Town||巴彦岱镇||Bāyàndài Zhèn|
|Panjin Town||潘津镇||Pānjīn Zhèn|
|Yingye'er Township||英也尔乡||Yīngyě'ěr Xiāng|
|Hanbin Township||汉宾乡||Hànbīn Xiāng|
|Tashekeruike Township||塔什科瑞克乡||Tǎshékēruìkè Xiāng|
|Ka'erdun Township||喀尔墩乡||Kā'ěrdūn Xiāng|
|Tuogelake Township||托格拉克乡||Tuōgélākè Xiāng|
|Kebokeweizi Township||克伯克圩孜乡||Kèbókèwéizī Xiāng|
|Dadamutu Township||达达木图乡||Dádámùtú Xiāng|
|Yining Border Economic Cooperation Zone||伊宁边境经济合作区||Yīníng Biānjìng Jīngjì Hézuò Qū|
|伊犁州农业良种繁育中心||Yīlí Zhōu Nóngyè Liángzhǒng Fányù Zhōngxīn|
|伊宁市园艺场和伊犁州奶牛场||Yīníng Shì Yuányìchǎng hé Yīlí Zhōu Nǎiniúchǎng|
The city's nominal GDP was approximately 20.9 billion RMB (US$3.1 billion) as of 2015 with an annual increase of 7.6%.The nominal GDP per capita was approximately 38,805 RMB(US$5976). Yining is the chief city and the agricultural and commercial center of the Ili valley. It is an old commercial center trading in tea and cattle, and it is still an agricultural area with extensive livestock raising. It has fruit orchards. Iron, coal, and uranium are mined nearby.
Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture Museum, opened in Yining in 2004, is one of Xinjiang's most important museums. In fact, at the time it opened it became, in the words of a Western scholar, the "only modern museum" in Xinjiang. (Xinjiang of course also has the provincial museum in Ürümqi; but at that time point, its old building had been demolished, while its replacement was still under construction). The museum houses archaeological and ethnological artefacts from throughout the prefecture.
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The protests were sparked by the news of the execution of 30 Uyghur independence activists as well as the crackdown on attempts to revive elements of traditional Uyghur culture, including traditional gatherings known as meshrep. On 5 February 1997, after two days of protests during which the protesters had marched shouting "God is great" and "independence for Xinjiang", and had reportedly been dispersed using clubs, water cannon, and tear gas, the demonstrations were crushed by gunfire. Official reports put the death toll at 9, while dissident reports estimated the number killed at more than 100 and even as many as 167.Huocheng County
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Yining County does not include the adjacent city of Yining, which is a county-level administrative unit in its own right.
The county land area is 4486 km², with the population of 360,000 people as of 2004.A larger area (around 4580 km²) and population (400,000) was reported for the county 2000; this decrease, and the corresponding increase of area and population for the City of Yining resulted from the transfer of the villages of Dadamtu (Uyghur: دادامتۇ, Дадамту; 达达木图; Dádámùtú) and Penjim (Uyghur: پەنجىم, Пәнҗим; 潘津; Pānjīn), with 100.45 km2 (38.78 sq mi) of land, from the County to the City in 2004.Zhang Yining
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