Time Zone Issues
Favorite thing: Remember: Yining (and all of Xinjiang Province) are on the same timezone as Beijing. Even though, Yining should be approximately 4 or 5 timezones behind Beijing they are the same. Thank the People's Republic for this divine wisdom!
In practice, this means that when you wake up at 8:00 AM, it is still pitch dark in the streets (time schedules are not adjusted to accomodate for daylight hours). This can feel VERY strange and will wreak havic on your internal clock. Bare this in mind when venturing into western China!
Fondest memory: Yining, located near the border with Kazakhstan, is about the most classic Central Asian "City" that is possible to find. It is extremely difficult to get to this remote city, but well, well worth it.
Favorite thing: In ancient times Yili River Valley and Yisaike Lake lay in the hinterland of the Tianshan Mountains. It was the traffic fort to different directions of the Tianshan Moutains. Yili River Valley directly connected to the north road of the Tianshan Mountain and Tianshan road of the hinterland of the Tianshan Mountain. They formed a traffic route to all directions by using the mountain passes and river mouths and natural geography. Among them, the Taleqidaban in the Fruit channel, Dennouletai in Yining County, Nalatedaban in Xinjiang and Muzaerte in Xiata are famous mountain passes. The main line of the silk Road in Yili started from the north road of the northern mountain, going by the Fruit channel, the old city Alimali in Huocheng county, crossing YiLi River in the southwest and going by Ketemian Mountain of Kazakhstan, Yiseike Lake in the republic of Uzbekistan and going through the Valley of Chu River and going out in the west and other branches were the same. Gongyue City, Shuanghe City of Tang Dynasty, Alimali City, Yili city of Yuan Dynasty, were the places of strategic importance.
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Favorite thing: Yining is the capital of Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. It is located in western Xinjiang Province near the border to Kazakhstan, about 390km west of Urumqi.
Yili the only one prefecture which has jurisdictions over both counties and cities. The total area of the prefecture is 350 thousand square kilometers with the population of 4.08 million of Kazak, Hanzu, Uygur, Huizu, Mongol, Xibe etc are all together forty-seven nationalities, among them Kazak takes 25.4%, Hanzu takes 45.2%; Uygur takes 15.9%; Huizu takes 8.3%; Mongol takes 1.69%; Xibe takes 0.83%.
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Favorite thing: The Ily or Yili River is the main lifeline in this far western area of Xinjiang. The whole region is called after this river. The name of Yili got from a river long ago. In Han Dynasty, it was called Xuanlei and YiLie. In Tang Dynasty, it was called "YiLi", and also called DIDI River. In Yuan Dynasty it was called YiLi, original sound "Yila". In Qianlun's years of Qin Dynasty, it was named "YiLi".
Ily River is about 1.230 km long. In China, its length is 442 kilometers. YiLi River consists of three branches:Tekesi River, Gongneisi River and Kashi River flowing fron the east to the west. It comes from the Tianshan Mountains, flows to the west (Kasachstan) and ends there in Lake Balkhasch.
The Yili River is about 16km south of Yining.
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Favorite thing: Famous for its horses, this area is historically more tied culturally and economically to the cross border regions of the USSR, but has been under Chinese control longer than those regions in the USSR have been under Soviet authority
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Favorite thing: slowly repeatthe same word again. I am sure he will reply your greeting with Ni Hao..
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