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Altay Prefecture
ئالتاي ۋىلايىتى
التاي ايماعى
Black Irtysh river in Burqin County
Black Irtysh river in Burqin County
Altay Prefecture (red) in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture (light red) and Xinjiang (orange)
Altay Prefecture (red) in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture (light red) and Xinjiang (orange)
Coordinates (Altay City): 47°50′N 88°08′E / 47.83°N 88.13°E / 47.83; 88.13
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Sub-provincialIli Prefecture
SeatAltay City
 • Prefecture117,710 km2 (45,450 sq mi)
 • Metro
10,826 km2 (4,180 sq mi)
 (2020 census)
 • Prefecture648,173
 • Density5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density20/km2 (53/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
ISO 3166 codeCN-XJ-43
WebsiteAltay Prefecture Government
Altay Prefecture
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese阿勒泰地区
Traditional Chinese阿勒泰地區
Uyghur name
Uyghurئالتاي ۋىلايىتى
Kazakh name
Kazakhالتاي ايماعى
Altaı Aımaǵy

Altay Prefecture is located in Northern Xinjiang, People's Republic of China. It has an area of 118,015 km2 (45,566 sq mi) and a population of 561,667 (2000). It is a part of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. As of the 2000 census, Altay was the only major subdivision of Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture with an ethnic Kazakh majority (about 51%). In 2007, it had a GDP of RMB 9.9 billion with a 12% growth rate. It also shares an international border with the neighboring Altai Republic, located within Russia.


The prefecture is divided into one county-level city and two counties.

# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Uyghur (UEY) Uyghur Latin (ULY) Kazakh (Arabic script) Kazakh Latin alphabet Population (2020 Census) Area (km2) Density (/km2)
1 Altay 阿勒泰市 Ālètài Shì ئالتاي شەھىرى Altay Shehiri التاي قالاسى Altaı qalasy 221,454 10,826 20.46
2 Burqin County 布尔津县 Bù'ěrjīn Xiàn بۇرچىن ناھىيىسى Burchin Nahiyisi بۋىرشىن اۋدانى Býyrshyn aýdany 72,894 10,345 7.05
3 Fuyun County[1] 富蕴县 Fùyùn Xiàn كوكتوقاي ناھىيىسى Koktoqay Nahiyisi كوكتوعاي اۋدانى Kóktoǵaı aýdany 99,748 32,209 3.10
4 Fuhai County[1] 福海县 Fúhǎi Xiàn بۇرۇلتوقاي ناھىيىسى Burultoqay Nahiyisi بۋرىلتوعاي اۋدانى Buryltoǵaı aýdany 75,537 33,261 2.27
5 Habahe County[1] 哈巴河县 Hābāhé Xiàn قابا ناھىيىسى Qaba Nahiyisi قابا اۋدانى Qaba aýdany 82,524 8,181 10.09
6 Qinghe County[1] 青河县 Qīnghé Xiàn چىڭگىل ناھىيىسى Chinggil Nahiyisi شىڭگىل اۋدانى Shińgil aýdany 61,680 15,743 3.92
7 Jeminay County 吉木乃县 Jímùnǎi Xiàn جېمىنەي ناھىيىسى Jëminey Nahiyisi جەمەنەي اۋدانى Jemeneı aýdany 34,336 7,146 4.80


The proportion of nationalities in Altay Prefecture
Nationality Percentage
Source of the population statistics :[2]


Secretary of the Party Committee

Administrative Commissioner

  1. Mawken Seyitqamzaüli 2003 – 2007
  2. Aitzhanuly Sabir
  3. Talgat Usen zh:塔里哈提·吾逊 2012? — 1 April 2017
  4. Qadan Käbenuly 1 April 2017 — April 2021
  5. Jaynes Hades 2021 – ?
  6. Aydyn Toleukhanuly


  1. ^ a b c d The official spelling according to 中国地名录. Beijing: SinoMaps Press (中国地图出版社). 1997. ISBN 7-5031-1718-4.
  2. ^ 3–7 各地、州、市、县(市)分民族人口数 [3–7 Population by Nationality by Prefecture, State, City and County (City)]. (in Chinese). Statistical Bureau of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. 2020-06-10. Archived from the original on 2020-11-01. Retrieved 2021-06-11.