Gaochang District

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高昌区قاراھوجا رايونى
City center
City center
Location of Karahoja (red) in Turpan Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
Location of Karahoja (red) in Turpan Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
Gaochang is located in Xinjiang
Location of the district centre in Xinjiang
Coordinates (Turpan government): 42°57′04″N 89°11′22″E / 42.9512°N 89.1895°E / 42.9512; 89.1895Coordinates: 42°57′04″N 89°11′22″E / 42.9512°N 89.1895°E / 42.9512; 89.1895
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityTurpan
Township-level divisions3 subdistricts
2 towns
7 townships
Municipal seatLaocheng Subdistrict (老城街道)
 • Total254,900
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)0995

Gaochang (Uyghur: قاراھوجا, Қарахоҗа‎, ULY: Qarahoja ; Chinese: 高昌; pinyin: Gāochāng), is the only district and the seat of the oasis city of Turpan, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Its population was 254,900 at the end of 2003.


According to the municipal government of Turpan, the district is named after the ancient city of Gaochang. It was also proposed that the district be named after Ayding Lake.[1]


The district was created on 12 April 2015 after Turpan was upgraded from a county-level city into a prefecture-level city. The district has the same size and population as the former Turpan county-level city.[2]


Karahoja is divided into 3 subdistricts, 2 towns, 7 townships and 3 other township-level divisions.


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  2. ^ "吐鲁番撤地设市 新疆首个撤销地区建制设立的地级市". ECNS - China News. Retrieved 14 April 2015.