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Nine towns in Ili

Updated: 2014-03-20
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The lli Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture has nine towns with Huiyuan town as their center. The nine towns have become an important business hub for land transportation and foreign trade. They have a profound impact on safeguarding national unity, boosting frontier development and accelerating economic growth.

Nine towns in Ili

Huiyuan town

The town is famous for its drum and bell towers and general mansion. There are many temples in the town, including the Guandi Temple, Chenghuang Temple and Confucius Temple.

Huiyuan is a bustling commercial town swarming with merchants, stores and various kinds of merchandise.

Taleqi town

Taleqi town is named after Taleqi mountain. It was the first to be built but the smallest of the nine towns.

Ningyuan town

Ningyuan town (today’s Yining city) was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735 – 1795) to resettle Uygur peasants migrating from south Xinjiang to Ili.

Suiding town

Suiding town (today’s Shuiding town situated in Huocheng county) was an important passage to Mid-Asia and West-Asia in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

The town is a transport hub from Guozigou to Ili, as well as a bustling business center.

Huining town

Huining town, built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735-1795), was a place for food storage and trading in those days.

Other four towns

Guangren town

Guangren town (today’s Lucaogou town within Huocheng county) is 90 km to the northwest of Huiyuan town.

Zhande town

Zhande town (today’s Qingshuihe town) has three gates, 20 government offices, one armory and over 600 houses for soldiers.

Gongchen town

Gongchen town is also called Horgos town.

Xichun is rich in water and land resources, 80 km to the northeast of Huiyuan town, 10 km to the east of Ningyuan town and 10 km to the east of Huining town.

The nine towns are all located within Ili and are known as Ili’s nine towns. The towns have become the economic and cultural center and a hub for land transport. They have significantly pushed forward the development of Ili’s handicrafts, iron, copper, pottery, papermaking, coal and shipping industries, along with foreign trade.