Changji City has no known worthwhile landmarks. Eventhough it is the home city of the Hui Minority in Xinjiang and situated at a mere 30+ kilometers from the Capital Urumqi, Changji usually goes unmentioned in such major tourist guides as Lonely Planet and Fodors Guide.
The wider territory of the Changji Autonomous Prefecture is most famous for its Bogda Feng, which is the highest peak in the eastern part of the the Tianshan (Heavenly Mountains) Mountain range that runs roughly between Urumqi and China's westernmost City, Kashgar. The snowcapped Bogda Feng is a famous historic scenic site of many along the Silk Road and, measuring 5,445 meters (17,864 feet), and can be seen from afar towering in the North, as does the the entire Tian Shan range. The Bogda Feng itself is located in the southern part of Fukang County, of Changji Prefecture where it is part of a protected wildlife reserve, the Bogda Bioshere Reserve. It is one of the fifteen peaks of Xinjiang open to tourists and thus one can easily get a tour or bus ride to the mountain arranged at the local tourist agency, CITS bureau or a local Hotel.
Apart from a ride someways up the mountain, the tourist itenerary usually includes an arranged visit to the Tianchi Lake, which is situated in a valley underneath the Bogda Feng Peak. The lake water is supplied by melting ice and snow running off the surrounding peaks, the Glaciers of Tianshan. It is thus very pure, crystal clear and remains cold even in mid-summer. As a result, the lake is a millenia old stop over point in an otherwise hostile environment. It was made part of the Bogda Shan Biosphere Reserve in the year 1990.
Since the late 1990's Tianchi Lake, famous for its mirror like surface, has attracted tourist. By now it is the site of a fairly well-known summer resort for local people. Outside tourist however do net yet venture this far. Foreign tourist are very rarely seen.
Public Transport in Changji
Changji is served by China National Highway 312 (Shanghai to Yining), whereas State Highway 216 (which runs from Altay to Baluntai) and the Urumqi-Tulufan Expressway run through the prefecture as well.
Changji is also served by two major railways in the West. These railroads are the Northern Xinjiang Railroad and the Second Ürümqi-Jinghe Railroad.
Changji City is conveniently located near the Capital City of Xinjiang Region, Urumqi, which has its own large International Airport. For transport within the city Taxi's and Buses are available.
CHANGJI RAILROAD STATION :
There is no Train Station in Changji itself. The nearest Train Station to Changji is Ergong Zhan (28.8km).
More convenient however is the Ürümqi Zhan (39.5km), main train station of the Capital of Xinjiang, Urumqi situated due south-east of Changji.
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As a small county level city, Changji does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Changji however lies a mere 30+ kilometers away and is the Urumqi International Airport, which is also the largest Airport within Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region entire. A secondary airport which one could revert to when necessary is the Karamay National Airport, a national airfield which is situated well north-west of Changji. A Third Airfield available is the Yining (Kulja) International Airport due East of Changji, again at considerable distance.
Traditional industries in the area are agriculture and animal husbandry. Speciality local products of Changji include melons, hops, grapes, fernle mushrooms, roast lamb, roast whole sheep and hand-made yellow noodles.
However since the discovery of oil in Xinjiang, the oil industry and gas industry have become important factors in the local and regional economy. Proven reserves of petroleum amount to 150 million tons, while natural gas reserves total 30 billion cubic meters. Currently, there are four oilfields are under construction and development within Changji Hui Autonomous County.
In addition, Changji sees between 2749 and 3090 hours of sunshine per year, which gives it a rich in potential in solar energy terms.
Changji realized GDP of RMB 55.7 billion in 2010, representing a rise of 16% year on year. The prefecture's GDP accounted for 13% of Xinjiang's total.
The agricultural sector generated value-added output of RMB 16.3 billion in 2010, accounting for 29.3% of the prefecture's GDP. Farming, the largest contributor to agricultural sector, gained value-added output of RMB 11.82 billion, accounting for 46.7% of the sector's total.
Secondary industry (industry and construction), the largest contributor to the prefecture's economy, realized value-added output of RMB 23.67 billion, accounting for 42.5% of Changji's total.
The industrial sector realized value-added industrial output of RMB 11.8 billion in 2010, rose 31.8% year on year. Industrial enterprises with designated size or above generated value-added industrial output of RMB 10 billion, contributing 84% to the industrial sector's total.
Petroleum and natural gas mining, coal chemicals, non-ferrous metal smelting, food processing, textiles, machinery and building materials are pillar industries of Changji. As a whole, they realized value-added industrial output of RMB 6.2 billion in 2009, contributing 81.3% to the total generated by industrial enterprises with designated size or above.
The service sector generated value-added output of RMB 15.74 billion, accounting for 28.2% of the prefecture's total GDP in 2010.
During 2010, approximately 7 million tourists visited the prefecture, up 25.3% year on year, while tourism income totaled RMB 3.5 billion, increasing by 39% compared to the previous year.
In 2010, the total import and export value of Changji amounted to US$2.07 billion, representing a fall of 9.1% year on year. Export value sank 1.5% to approximately US$1.9 billion, while import value down 53%% to US$159 million. Major export goods include transformers, steel, building materials, leather handbags and tomato sauce. Italy, the U.K., Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Netherlands, the U.S., and the Philippines are major export destinations. Wulastai (Highway) Port is the only Sino-Mongolia land port located in Changji.
Tertiary airport at Yining (Kulja) in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is an International field that connects with local destinations, including in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Changji has a typical arid continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The temperature difference between day and night is very large. The average temperature in Changji is a mere 6.8°C, while the average annual evaporation totals 200 mm
Changji counts between 2749 and 3090 hours of sunshine per year.
The Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture is divided in two seperate parts. One half of the Prefecture lies immediatly West of Changji, between Changji and neighboring Shihezi Prefecture. The other half of the Autonomous Prefecture, comprised of Mori- and Barkol Kazakh Autonomous Counties, lies due north East of Urumqi, and is seperated from the west half by a narrow strip of Urumqi Prefecture.
Although other cities throughout the region count a considerable number of Hui People, intermixed with the now often dominant Han, and the previously largest group, the Uyghur, Changji is offically the main City and home of the Hui Ethnic Minority within Xinjiang Region. As described in more detail below, the Hui share their Autonomous Prefecture with the Kazakh Minority, as a about 50 % of
The City of Changji is historically also known as Ch'ang-chi, Ch'ang-chi-chen, Ch'ang-chi-hsien, Changki, Chanki, Chantszi, Ning-pien-i or as Sandzhi, the latter being the closest to the original Hui Islamic pronoun-ciation.
A Federation of Industry and Commerce is at Changji. As the administrative Capital of a an ethnic minority enclave, Changji is home to a University.
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The main and dominant Ethnic Group within Changji are the Han, not the Hui people. Respectively, the Han and the Hui account for approximately 75% and 12% to Changji's total population.
Situated on a location along the northern pathways of the Chinese Silk Road into Central Asia, Changji has a long history. In fact, archeological finds indicate that human settlement of the wider regions
There are no recommended Hotels for Changji City at this Time. Most visitors prefer to book a Hotel in Urumqi City and travel the 32.5 Kilometers to Changji from there.
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Map includes Turkic Languages (Uygur, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Salar & Uzbek), Mongolian Language and Sub-Divisions (Mongol, Tu, Daur and Dongxian), Tungusic Peoples (Oroqen, Evenki and Xibe) and Languages, Korean, Tajik (Tadzhik), Mon-Khmer (Kawa + Puman (or Pulang)), Hui, Uygur (Uighur), Tibeto-Bhurman Languages, Tai and Miao, Yao and She' Language Area's and Borders. Main Area's and sub-divisions of Han Languages (Northern Mandarin, Eastern Mandarin, South-Western Mandarin and Cantonese) further included. This color-coded ethno-linguistic Map (of 1967 AD) identifies at a glance most ethnic minority regions in China
occured a very long time ago. The earliest signs of human inhabitation of the Changji Area date to 6.000 and even 10.000 years before the Birth of Christ. Primitive carvings and paintings in the Tianshan Mountains give further proof of a long procession of primitive, probably nomadic humans passing through the area and perhaps settling for some time.
That said however, the first recorded history of the Changji only begins with the emergence of the Chinese Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), and its explorations of these far western regions.
After the collapse of the Han Dynasty, and their succesor, the short lived but uniting Ch'In Dynasty (221 BC - 207 BC), Chinese influence was nearly completely lost in the regions for some time.
Much later in the 6Th Century AD, Changji became part of the so called Göktürk Khaganate (552 AD to 745 AD). This group of peoples was known in China at the time as 突厥, the Tūjué, a nomadic confederation of peoples which held a large swath of territory that consisted of most the Central Asian plains.
Changji and regions were once more conquered and then administered by Chinese under the rule of the rising Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD), which saw an unprecedented expansion of the Chinese Territory.
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During the (mostly) second half of the 19Th Century, North and Western Xinjiang Region came under increasing Russian influence and open military pressures.
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You Tube Clip: Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Hui song and dance at the Hua'Er Cultural Festival in Xinjiang, China.
Another tourist attraction may be found in the Festivities surrounding the traditional Islamic Festival of Curban (Korban) and other islamic Festivals. The Uygur, the Kazaks, the Hui and other Islamic ethnic minorities celebrate religious the Corban Festival with fervor. Celebrations in Kashgar and Urumqi are however bigger and possibly more interesting.
The main ethnic cultural festival however is the yearly Hua'Er Festival, which is a song and dance extavaganza featuring various ethnic styles of the region and truly wonderful costumes and talent. There are Kyrgyz groups, Kazakh groups, Uzbekis, Eluosi (Russians), Tajiks and many more.
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