Hotan County
خوتەن ناھىيىسى (Uyghur)
和田县 (Chinese)
Gosthana, Gaustana, Khotan, Hotien
Farmland of Hotan County near the city
Farmland of Hotan County near the city
Location of Hotan County (red) in Hotan Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
Location of Hotan County (red) in Hotan Prefecture (yellow) and Xinjiang
Hotan County is located in Southern Xinjiang
Hotan County
Hotan County
Hotan County is located in Xinjiang
Hotan County
Hotan County
Hotan County is located in China
Hotan County
Hotan County
Coordinates: 37°05′26″N 79°49′44″E / 37.09056°N 79.82889°E / 37.09056; 79.82889
Autonomous regionXinjiang
County seatGujanbagh Subdistrict, Hotan[1][a]
 • Total41,128 km2 (15,880 sq mi)
 • Total342,603
 • Density8.3/km2 (22/sq mi)
Ethnic groups
 • Major ethnic groupsUyghur[4][6]
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard[c]) (in Chinese)
Hotan County
Uyghur name
Uyghurخوتەن ناھىيىسى
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese和田
Traditional Chinese和田
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese和阗
Traditional Chinese和闐
Second alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese于窴县
Traditional Chinese于窴縣

Hotan County[7] (also known as Gosthana, Gaustana, Godana, Godaniya, Khotan, Hetian, Hotien)[8][9][10] is a county in the southwest of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is under the administration of the Hotan Prefecture. Almost all the residents of the county are Uyghurs and live around oases situated between the desolate Taklamakan Desert and Kunlun Mountains. Hotan County is the southernmost county-level division of Xinjiang. The county borders Karakax/Moyu County to the northwest, Hotan City and Lop County to the northeast, Qira County to the east, Pishan County to the west, and (in Aksai Chin) Rutog County, Tibet to the southeast. Hotan County administers most of Aksai Chin,[3] an area disputed between China and India. The Line of Actual Control divides the India-controlled part of Ladakh union territory from the Aksai Chin area administered as part of southwest Hotan County.


The area of Hotan is originally known as and has been historically referred to as Godana (Godaniya), a Sanskrit name meaning "Land of the cows". In Chinese, the same name is written as Yu-t'ien, pronounced as Gu-dana. It is referred to as Gosthana by local Tibetans, which also means the same in Sanskrit.[10]


Map including northern Hotan County and surrounding region (USATC, 1971)[d]
Map including Hotan County area and surrounding region (DMA, 1980)[e]

On January 18, 1913, Hotan became a county.[3][11]

In 1919, Karakax/Moyu County was split off from Hotan County.[3]

In 1933, Muhammad Amin Bughra and his associates declared the Khotan Emirate.[11]

On December 22, 1949, the People's Liberation Army entered Hotan.[11]

In 1959, the Chinese character name for the county was set as '和田'.[3]

In 1962, some of the events of the Sino-Indian War occurred in the disputed Aksai Chin region.[12]

On April 12, 1969, during the Cultural Revolution, the Hotan County People's Government became the Hotan County Revolutionary Committee. In December 1979, the Hotan County Revolutionary Committee was disestablished and the Hotan County People's Government re-established.[11]

In 1983/4, the urban area of Hotan was administratively split from the larger Hotan County, and from then on governed as a county-level city.[3][13]

On September 9, 1995, Vice Premier Zhu Rongji visited Buzhake Township.[14]

On July 11, 2006, the township of Tusalla (Tushala), then part of Hotan County, was transferred to Hotan City.[2][13]

In 2012, Hanerik (Han'airike) was changed from a township into a town and Uzunsho (Wuzongxiao) township was established.[2]

On July 28, 2013, an incident involving Muslim protesters and local police in Hanerik (Han'airike/Hanairke) occurred.[15][16] Chinese state media said no one died during the confrontation. There were reports of protester deaths, as many as over 100.[17]


The northernmost point of the county is in the Taklamakan Desert at the confluence of the White Jade River and Karakash River, which together create the Hotan River.

Major lakes administered as part of Hotan County include the soda lakes Aksai Chin Lake and Surigh Yilganing Kol (Surigh-yilganing Köl; 萨利吉勒干南库勒),[18] both part of the disputed Aksai Chin. A Chinese military outpost called Tianshuihai[19] which is named for another lake, Tianshuihai (甜水海[18]), is also in the Hotan County administered part of the disputed Aksai Chin region. The Hotan County-administered part of Aksai Chin includes Tianwendian,[18] site of a Chinese military post.


Hotan County has a cool arid climate (Köppen climate classification BWk). The average annual temperature in Hotan is 13.0 °C (55.4 °F). The average annual rainfall is 44.1 mm (1.74 in) with July as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in June, at around 25.8 °C (78.4 °F), and lowest in January, at around −3.9 °C (25.0 °F).

Climate data for Hotan (1981−2010 normals, extremes 1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.5
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 1.3
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.9
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −8.2
Record low °C (°F) −21.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 1.9
Average relative humidity (%) 54 44 32 29 34 38 43 44 44 41 43 54 42
Source: China Meteorological Data Service Center[20]

Administrative divisions

Hotan County includes two towns, ten townships, and one other area:[2][21][4]

Name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Uyghur (UEY) Uyghur Latin (ULY) Administrative division code Notes
Baghchi Town[22]
(Bageqi Town[23])
巴格其镇 Bāgéqí Zhèn باغچى بازىرى baghchi baziri 653221100
Hanerik Town 罕艾日克镇 Hǎn'àirìkè Zhèn خانئېرىق بازىرى xan'ëriq baziri 653221102 formerly Hanerik Township (罕艾日克乡)
Yengiawat Township[24] 英阿瓦提乡 Yīng'āwǎtí Xiāng يېڭىئاۋات يېزىسى[25] yëngi'awat yëzisi 653221202
Yengierik Township 英艾日克乡 Yīng'àirìkè Xiāng يېڭىئېرىق يېزىسى yëngi'ëriq yëzisi 653221203
Bozak Township[26]
(Buzhake,[14] Buzak[27])
布扎克乡 Bùzhákè Xiāng بۇزاق يېزىسى buzaq yëzisi 653221204
Layka Township 拉依喀乡 Lāyīkā Xiāng لايقا يېزىسى layqa yëzisi 653221205
Langru Township 朗如乡 Lǎngrú Xiāng لاڭرۇ يېزىسى langru yëzisi 653221206
Tewekkul Township 塔瓦库勒乡 Tǎwǎkùlè Xiāng تەۋەككۈل يېزىسى tewekkül yëzisi 653221207
Islamawat Township 伊斯拉木阿瓦提乡 Yīsīlāmù'āwǎtí Xiāng ئىسلامئاۋات يېزىسى Islam'awat yëzisi 653221208
Seghizkol Township 色格孜库勒乡 Sègézīkùlè Xiāng سېغىزكۆل يېزىسى sëghizköl yëzisi 653221209
Qashteshi Township (Kashitashi[28]) 喀什塔什乡 Kāshítǎshí Xiāng قاشتېشى يېزىسى qashtëshi yëzisi 653221210
Uzunsho Township 吾宗肖乡 Wúzōngxiāo Xiāng ئۇزۇنشو يېزىسى Uzunsho yëzisi 653221211



The county is known for Hotan Silk, Hotan Jade and Hotan Carpets. The county's agricultural products include wheat, rice, corn, melons, cotton, and silkworm cocoons.[3]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

In 1997, the population of Hotan County was 99% Uyghur.[6]

As of 2015, 325,117 of the 327,533 residents of the county were Uyghur, 2,023 were Han Chinese and 393 were from other ethnic groups.[29]

In 2019, the population of Hotan County was 99% Uyghur.[4]

As of 1999, 99.41% of the population of Hotan (Hetian) County was Uyghur and 0.46% of the population was Han Chinese.[30]



  1. ^ The government seat of Hotan County is located at Gujanbagh Subdistrict, Hotan City.[1]
  2. ^ includes the Sino-Indian disputed areas in Aksai Chin.
  3. ^ Locals in Xinjiang frequently observe UTC+6 (Xinjiang Time), 2 hours behind Beijing.
  5. ^ From map: "The representation of international boundaries is not necessarily authoritative."


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