Hoboksar County
和布克赛尔县 (Chinese)
قوبۇقسار ناھىيىسى (Uyghur)
Qobuqsar, Hefeng
Hoboksar Mongol Autonomous County
قوبۇقسار موڭغۇل ئاپتونوم ناھىيىسى
قوبىقسارى موڭعۇل اۆتونوميالىق اۋدانى
ᠬᠣᠪᠣᠭᠰᠠᠶᠢᠷ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠥᠪᠡᠷᠲᠡᠭᠡᠨ ᠵᠠᠰᠠᠬᠤ ᠰᠢᠶᠠᠨ
Hoboksar is located in Dzungaria
Location in Xinjiang
Hoboksar is located in Xinjiang
Hoboksar (Xinjiang)
Hoboksar is located in China
Hoboksar (China)
Coordinates: 46°47′N 85°43′E / 46.783°N 85.717°E / 46.783; 85.717
Autonomous regionXinjiang
Township-level divisions2 towns and
5 townships
County seatHoboksar Town [zh]
 • Total28,784 km2 (11,114 sq mi)
 • Total61,785
 • Density2.1/km2 (5.6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard[a])
Postal code
Area code0901
Hoboksar Mongol Autonomous County
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese和布克赛尔蒙古自治县
Traditional Chinese和布克賽爾蒙古自治縣
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese和丰县
Traditional Chinese和豐縣
Mongolian name
Mongolian CyrillicХовогсайр Монгол өөртөө засах шянь
Mongolian scriptᠬᠣᠪᠣᠭᠰᠠᠶᠢᠷ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠥᠪᠡᠷᠲᠡᠭᠡᠨ ᠵᠠᠰᠠᠬᠤ ᠰᠢᠶᠠᠨ
Uyghur name
Kazakh name
Kazakhقوبىقسارى موڭعۇل اۆتونوميالىق اۋدانى
Qobyqsary Mońǵul avtonomıaly aýdany
Қобықсары Моңғұл автономйалы ауданы
Oirat name
Oiratᡍᡆᡋᡆᡎᠰᠠᡅᠷᡅ ᡏᡆᡊᡎᡆᠯ ᡄᡋᡄᠷᡄᡃᠨ ᠴᠠᠰᠠᡍᡇ ᠱᡅᡕᠠᠨ
Qoboγsairi mongγol ebereen zasaqu šiyan

Hoboksar (Chinese: 和布克赛尔蒙古自治县; pinyin: Hébùkèsài'ěr Měnggǔ Zìzhìxiàn), sometimes referred with the historic name Hefeng County (和丰县; Héfēng Xiàn), is an autonomous county for Mongol people in the middle north of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Western China, it is under the administration of Tacheng Prefecture. The county has an area of 28,784 km2 (11,114 sq mi) with a population of 62,100 (as of 2010 Census).[2] It has eight towns and townships and seven farms, Hoboksar Town is its county seat.[3]


The name of Hoboksar (Ховогсайр) was individually referred to as "Hobok" (ховог) and "Sar" (сайр) from the Mongolian language. Hobok is Hobok River, it means "sika deer", the river was named after its river basin within huge amount of sika deer in the past. Sar is the Salair Mountains and it means horseback, the mountain was named after its shape like a horseback.[2]


At the latest starting from the Qin dynasty, the Saka people appeared in the place of present Hoboksar area. This was followed by the Usans and Xiongnu people.

The place was part of Usan Sate in the Western Han period. It was merged to the Rear Jushi Kingdom (車師後國) in the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms periods. It was part of Xianbei during the Jin period, part of Rouran Khaganate, followed by the First Turkic Khaganate, Western Turkic Khaganate in the period of Northern and Southern dynasties. It was under the administration of Kunling Protectorate (崑陵都護府) of the Tang dynasty in 657, ruled by Karluks in 789, Uyghur Khaganate in 808, Kyrgyz Khaganate in 840 and Qara Khitai in 1127, it was merged to the Yuan dynasty in 1218, became the dominion of Ögedei Khan in 1225, then after that, the territory of Beshbalik Province (Beiting) and Almaliq Province in 1280, it was merged to Chagatai Khanate during 1324 - 1328.

It was part of Eastern Chagatai Khanate (Beshbalik Khaganate) in 1370, the herd land of the Oirats tribe in the 5th century. After Batur's succession to Khong Tayiji in 1636, he quickly unified the Oirats tribes in the North Xinjiang, with Hoboksar as the base camp. Batur built a castle five kilometers away southeast of the present county seat of Hoboksar Town between 1639 - 1643.[4]

The place of Hoboksar was under jurisdiction of Tarbaghatay Ministerial Attache (塔爾巴哈臺參贊大臣, under leadship of the General of Ili; "Tarbaghatay", the prensent Tacheng Prefecture) in 1758. The Torghut Tribe back far away from the south side of Russian Volga River, immigrated to Hoboksar in 1771.[2]

Hoxtolgay Xianzuo (和什托洛蓋縣佐, similar to a division under vice county magistrate; in the present Hoxtolgay Town) under jurisdiction of Shawan County, was formed in 1915 and it was transferred to Tacheng Circuit (塔城道) in 1916. Hoxtolgay Xianzuo was changed to Hoxtolgay Division (和什托洛蓋設治局) and the Hefeng Division (和豐設治局) was formed in 1941. Hefeng County (和豐縣) was organized in 1944 and its county seat is in the present Hoboksar Town. Hefeng County was renamed to Hoboksar Mongol Autonomous County on September 10, 1954.[5]


Hoboksar County is located south of the Tarbagatai-Saur mountain range and its northern part, where most of the county's population lives, receives some water from streams (such as the Baiyang River) flowing from the snow-capped mountains. The southeastern part of the county is in Gurbantünggüt Desert.

Historically, the large Alan Nur and Manas Lake were located in the desert southwestern part of the county; they received water, at least intermittently, both from the streams flowing across the desert from the north and from the south (via the Manas River). Due to the increasing water diversion for irrigation and other human needs, as well as geological processes, the Alan Nur has fully dried out, and the Manas Lake is in a fairly precarious situation as well.[6]

The Irtysh–Karamay Canal, constructed around the turn of the 21st century, crosses the county's southeastern part; the canal's Fengcheng Reservoir is located on the county's border with Karamay City's Urho District.

A point situated some 30 miles ESE of Hoxtolgay Town is listed as the farthest point from the sea (at 46°16.8′N 86°40.2′E / 46.2800°N 86.6700°E / 46.2800; 86.6700) by the Guinness Book of World Records. It is roughly 2646 kilometres away from the Arctic Ocean and a similar distance from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea (see Continental Pole of Inaccessibility for other candidates).

The "record-setting" location of the county attracted the attention of advertisers for the Corona beer brand, who staged and documented a trip of a few residents of the village of Bulin (布林), 46°43′13″N 86°7′59″E / 46.72028°N 86.13306°E / 46.72028; 86.13306), in Hoboksar County's Qagankol Township to the sea coast in Hainan Island.[7]

Administrative divisions

Hoboksar administered 2 towns, 6 townships.[8]

Name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Mongolian (Traditional) Mongolian (Cyrillic) Uyghur (UEY) Uyghur Latin (ULY) Kazakh (Arabic script) Kazakh (Cyrillic script) Administrative division code
Hoboksar Town 和布克赛尔镇 Hébùkèsài'ěr Zhèn ᠬᠣᠪᠣᠭᠰᠠᠶᠢᠷ ᠬᠣᠲᠠ Хувсайр балгас قوبۇقسار بازىرى qobuqsar baziri قوبىقسارى قالاشىعى 654226100
Hoxtolgay Town 和什托洛盖镇 Héshítuōluògài Zhèn ᠬᠣᠣᠰᠲᠣᠯᠣᠭᠠᠢ ᠪᠠᠯᠭᠠᠰᠤᠨ Хостолгой балгас قوشتولغاي بازىرى qoshtolghay baziri قوستولعاي قالاشىعى 654226101
Xazgat Township 夏孜盖乡 Xiàzīgài Xiāng ᠱᠠᠭᠠᠵᠠᠭᠠᠢᠲᠤ ᠰᠤᠮᠤᠨ Шаазгайт суман شازغەت يېزىسى shazghet yëzisi شازعەت اۋىلى 654226200
Tebkinusan Township 铁布肯乌散乡 Tiěbùkěnwūsàn Xiāng ᠲᠡᠪᠬᠡᠨ᠋ᠤᠰᠤᠨ ᠰᠤᠮᠤᠨ Дэвхөнөөсөн суман تېبكىن ئۇسان يېزىسى tëbkin Usan yëzisi تەبىكىنۇسان اۋىلى 654226201
Qagankol Township 查干库勒乡 Chágànkùlè Xiāng ᠴᠠᠭᠠᠨ ᠭᠣᠤᠯ ᠰᠤᠮᠤᠨ Цагаан гол суман چاغانكۆل يېزىسى chaghanköl yëzisi شاعانكول اۋىلى 654226202
Bayan Obo Township 巴音傲瓦乡 Bāyīn'àowǎ Xiāng ᠪᠠᠶᠠᠨ᠋ᠣ᠋ᠪᠣᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠰᠤᠮᠤᠨ Баянөваа суман بايىن ئاۋۋا يېزىسى bayin Awwa yëzisi بايىنوبا اۋىلى 654226203
Motge Township 莫特格乡 Mòtègé Xiāng ᠮᠥᠲᠥᠭᠡᠢ ᠰᠤᠮᠤᠨ Мөтүгэй суман مۆتگې يېزىسى mötgë yëzisi موتكە اۋىلى 654226204
Qaht Township 查和特乡 Cháhétè Xiāng ᠴᠠᠬᠠᠲᠤ ᠰᠤᠮᠤᠨ Цахад суман 654226205



Climate data for Hoboksar (1991–2020 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.2
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) −6.7
Daily mean °C (°F) −12.8
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −16.9
Record low °C (°F) −29.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4.4
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.0 4.1 4.6 5.3 7.3 10.0 12.0 9.1 5.2 3.5 5.2 5.4 76.7
Average snowy days 8.1 7.1 7.1 2.5 0.4 0 0 0 0.3 2.8 7.6 9.2 45.1
Average relative humidity (%) 65 63 57 46 42 45 49 47 47 54 64 67 54
Mean monthly sunshine hours 172.6 188.7 245.1 265.5 307.5 290.9 291.5 292.2 267.2 227.7 156.3 144.8 2,850
Percent possible sunshine 61 63 65 64 65 62 62 68 73 69 57 55 64
Source: China Meteorological Administration[9][10][11]


The Chinese Mongols that live in Bayingolin and Hoboksar come from varied origins. A majority are Torghuts, who speak the Oirat language. Chahar Mongols who immigrated from Inner Mongolia also live in Hoboksar and Bayingolin, and there are also Uriankhai Mongols, who are considered Mongols in China but Tuvans to some outside observers. A fair number of Daur people and Dongxiang people live in Hoboksar especially and they speak Mongolic languages.[12]


Hoboksar is traditionally considered the place of origin of the Epic of Jangar. The Jangar Culture and Art Palace (江格尔文化艺术宫) was opened in the county in 2014.[13][14]


China National Highway 217 and the new Kuytun–Beitun Railway both cross Hoboksar county along the same north–south corridor. There is daily passenger service at the Hoxtolgay station.


  1. ^ Locals in Xinjiang frequently observe UTC+6 (Xinjiang Time), 2 hours behind Beijing.


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  13. ^ Jangar Palace Opens in Xinjiang’s Hoboksar Archived 2014-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ 世界最大的江格尔文化艺术宫建成投用