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Ürümqi and the Tian Shan Mountains, China

43.8N 87.6E

August 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

The city of Ürümqi, visible as a white area at the top of this orthorectified image, is the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, in the northwest of the country.

With an urban population of over 2.3 million people, it is by far the largest city on China’s vast Western interior. In fact, Ürümqi has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most remote city from any sea in the world. It is about 1,400 miles (2,500 km) from the nearest coastline.

The city has an area of 10,989 km² and an average elevation of 800 metres. Here, a part of the nearby Tian Shan Mountain Range is also visible.

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