Yanqi Hui Autonomous County
Kara Shahr; Yenki
Location of the seat in Xinjiang
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Autonomous prefecture||Bayin'gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|Yanqi Hui Autonomous County|
|Uyghur||يەنجى خۇيزۇ ئاپتونوم ناھىيىسى|
Yanqi Hui Autonomous County (Uyghur: Qarasheher, Karashahr) is an autonomous county in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is under the administration of the Bayin'gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. It has an area of 2,429 km2 (938 sq mi). According to the 2002 census, it has a population of 120,000. The Qigexing Buddhist Temple Ruins are located in Yanqi County, about 25–30 km (16–19 mi) southwest of the town of Yanqi.
The autonomous county contains four towns and four townships:
In addition, there three state owned operations in the county (2000):
The county economy is predominantly agricultural with 13,000 hectares used to cultivate red pepper. The county is considered the most important area for red pepper production in China. During the red pepper harvest season beginning in September, the county is home to the remarkable sight of drying peppers sitting in the Gobi Desert "as far as the eye can see".
As of 1885[update], there was about 25,300 acres (167,805 mu) of cultivated land in Kara Shahr.