Aral (red) in Xinjiang province (orange) and China
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||5,258.739 km2 (2,030.410 sq mi)|
|• Density||32/km2 (82/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
Aral is a sub-prefecture-level city surrounded by Aksu Prefecture in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. Aral in Uighur means "island." The official spelling is 'Aral' but it is often written as 'Alar'.
Aral was created by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps to facilitate Han Chinese immigration to the region. It became a city in 2002 and its population increased to 166,205 in 2010.
Tarim University is located in Aral.
The city has an administrative area of 5,258.739 km2 (2,030.410 sq mi). It is bordered by mountainous regions to the north and northwest and the Taklamakan Desert to the east and south.
- The official spelling according to Zhōngguó dìmínglù 中国地名录 (Beijing, SinoMaps Press 中国地图出版社 1997); ISBN 7-5031-1718-4
- The official spelling is Aral, according to the Zhōngguó dìmínglù 中国地名录 (Beijing, SinoMaps Press 1997); ISBN 7-5031-1718-4; p. 1, 299.
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