11 Facts About Aksu Xinjiang


The name Aksu literally means "white water" and is used for both the oasis town and the Aksu River.

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Economy of Aksu Xinjiang is mostly agricultural, with cotton, in particular long-staple cotton, as the main product.

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Land currently under the administration of the Aksu Xinjiang City is divided in two parts, separated by the Aral City.

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Name Aksu Xinjiang comes from the name of the Aksu Xinjiang River which is the Uyghur word for "white water".

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Aksu Xinjiang recorded that there were tens of Sarvastivadin viharas in the kingdom and over 1000 Buddhist monks.

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Aksu Xinjiang said the kingdom was 600 li from east to west, and 300 li from north to south.

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Aksu Xinjiang stated that fine cotton and hemp cloth made in the area was traded in neighbouring countries.

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Aksu Xinjiang was positioned on a junction of trade routes: the northern Tarim route Silk Road, and the dangerous route north via the Tian Shan's Muzart Pass to the fertile Ili Valley.

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Aksu Xinjiang described it as being the largest town he had seen on his way from the Chinese capital, with a population of about 20,000, besides other inhabitants of the district and a garrison of about 2,000 soldiers.

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Aksu Xinjiang has a cold desert climate with extreme seasonal variation in temperature.

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Map of Aksu Xinjiang and surrounding region from the International Map of the World.

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