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Ürümchi is the capital of Shinjang, in the north of the country. Ürümchi was a major hub on the silk road during China's Tang dynasty, and developed its reputation as a leading cultural and commercial center during the Qing dynasty.

With a built up population of about 3,310,000 as of 2010 census, Ürümchi, whose name means "beautiful pasture" in the Mongolian language of the Dzungar people, is the largest city in China's western interior. Since the 1990s Ürümchi has developed economically and now serves as a regional transport node, cultural, and commercial center.

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